Update: The Associated Press reports that the truck involved in the theft of radioactive material in Mexico has been found and the material was reportedly abandoned at the scene.
With America’s borders completely exposed and open for anyone willing to cross the Rio Grande, smuggling humans or drugs into the United States has never been easier.
That’s why the following report from Mexico should sound an alarm for a Homeland Security apparatus that has, thus far, completely ignored the potential threat of terrorism originating from our southern neighbor.
Thieves have made off with a truck in Mexico carrying a dangerous radioactive source used in medical treatments, a material that could also provide an ingredient for a so-called “dirty bomb”.
The U.N. nuclear agency said it had been informed by Mexican authorities that the truck, which was taking cobalt-60 from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste-storage centre, was stolen near Mexico City on Monday.
Apart from peaceful medical and industrial uses, experts say cobalt-60 can also be used in a dirty bomb in which conventional explosives disperse radiation from a radioactive source.
“At the time the truck was stolen, the (radioactive) source was properly shielded. However, the source could be extremely dangerous to a person if removed from the shielding, or if it was damaged,” the IAEA statement said.
“Cobalt-60 has figured in several serious accidents, some of them fatal,” nuclear expert Mark Hibbs of the Carnegie Endowment think-tank said. “If dispersed, cobalt-60 or other radioactive source material could cause radiation poisoning locally.”
We can reasonably assume the following:
- This was a planned hijacking (despite claims to the contrary by officials), so whoever took the material knew exactly what was in the truck
- Considering that drug cartels are able to make thousands of tons of illicit substances disappear on a yearly basis, and that it often takes Mexican police and military years to track down drug cartel leadership, officials in Mexico likely haven’t clue as to where this radioactive Cobalt-60 is.
- Since hijackings and other criminal activity in Mexico are in almost all cases linked to the cartels, we can assume it is in their possession. In all likelihood, however, the cartel would have no use for such material as it does not produce a nuclear device that could be used for assassinations.
If the above is true, then this hijacking was likely instigated at the behest of some other organization, perhaps one with ties to terrorism, or worse, to groups looking to execute a false-flag style attack within the continental United States, something Charlie McGrath warned could be part of a much broader plan in the very near future.
Via The Daily Sheeple:
Also known as a Radiological Dispersal Device, a dirty bomb uses a source of radiation and conventional explosives. When the bomb explodes, radiation is scattered, making the area radioactive and curtailing use of the area without full radiological precautions.
Dirty bombs are not primarily aimed at killing people. Their use is in the disruption that they cause.
Imagine that a dirty bomb went off on Wall Street, or outside a major airport, or on the top edge of a medium height building in a busy urban area. That area would be closed, and until a lengthy and costly clean up was completed, it would remain closed. The economic damage would be huge. As these bombs use conventional explosives there could well be infrastructure damage which again takes time and money to rectify.
These devices do not have to be big, it wouldn’t be like looking for a truck bomb. The radioactive component is frighteningly small, and the amount of explosive would only need to be enough to break open the canister, though a larger amount would disperse the radiation over a wider area.
We know for a 100% fact that members of foreign organizations listed by the U.S. government as terroristic in nature regularly cross into the United States by way of Mexico. The Department of Homeland Security, though they have done nothing to prevent it, even has a name for these people:
“We have left the back door to the United States open,” former Rep. J.D. Hayworth told the station. “We have to understand that there are definitely people who mean to do us harm who have crossed that border.”
Now we know those organizations and their members don’t need to smuggle nuclear material into the United States from Iran, North Korea or Russia. They have access to it just a few hundred miles south of our border.
Consider the panic that would ensue should such a device be detonated on U.S. soil… and prepare accordingly.