Padilla's dirty bomb never would have worked


Staff member
Jun 3, 2003
Padilla's dirty bomb never would have worked
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"The 'dirty bomb' allegedly planned by terror suspect Jose Padilla would have been a dud, not the radiological threat portrayed last week by federal authorities, scientists say... uranium's extremely low radioactivity is harmless compared with high-radiation materials - such as cesium and cobalt isotopes used in medicine and industry that experts see as potential dirty bomb fuels... [Uranium] is billions of times less intense than that of cesium-137, cobalt-60 and other radioisotopes. It's not radioactivity but another property of uranium - its ability in some forms to sustain atomic chain reactions - that makes it a fuel for nuclear power and bombs. The Justice Department didn't respond directly when asked this week whether it had consulted with experts and knew that uranium wouldn't make a dirty bomb."

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