Sunday, November 14, 2010

Episode 44. Tom Baugh's "A Plus B Equals Your Worst Nightmare"

Well this may have been more timely for Halloween, but regardless, in this podcast I read and comment on Tom Baugh's latest article about a truly scary potential terrorist attack on New York City.

Motivated perhaps by the damaging economic policies of our government, another government (or sufficiently wealthy individual) funds an undetectable, low-tech, slow-rolling nuclear-based assault on the financial capital of the US. Within weeks, tens or even hundreds of thousands become stricken and die from radiation poisoning.

Is it possible? I am presuming it is, and in absence of a real strategy, I am hoping that if it is possible it is at least very unlikely that we will be attacked in this way. I'm hoping that the fear of American retaliation puts this off limits to any government or organization tempted to try it.

Tom's article is also a great read--it reminds me of Tom Clancy's description of the first moments of a nuclear explosion, in The Sum of All Fears.

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