The Nuke Detectors are coming..why again?
This in from CNN:
ASHINGTON (CNN) -- New York City will be protected by a ring of devices to detect nuclear or dirty bombs before the end of the year, the Department of Homeland Security said Friday.
A dirty bomb is one that spreads radiation without employing a nuclear explosion.
The Department of Homeland Security hopes the circle of sensors will give warning if a bomb is transported into the city by land.
Most previous detection efforts have focused on preventing a bomb from being smuggled into the city by sea.
Under the "Securing the Cities" initiative, detectors will be placed along highways, at truck stops, in weigh stations and at other sites on the perimeter of New York, as well as locations closer to the city center, an official said. Locations will not be made public "for obvious reasons," the official said.
The department's proposed 2008 budget would provide $30 million for the project, in addition to the roughly $16 million that has already been invested. The New York project will serve as a test for other cities, the official said.
Homeland Security is building the network in cooperation with the New York Police Department and other state and local governments in New York and New Jersey. Local governments will respond to any alarms.
"We expect to have this operational this year," the official said. He said the participants are working to establish protocols on how to operate the system and respond to alerts.
So, why particularly does someone think New York City might be a target for a nuclear attack? Contrary to the science fiction inspired rubbish about how anyone can learn to make a nuke from the internet, I give this probaility a low sub zero percent. Even a brainbox who can whip something up on paper is never going to get access to the materials or expertise without inside help. What other horrible unlikely threat can we throw money away on to simultaneously scare people and make us look busy?
Hand-grenade detectors to ring New York?
Fertilizer truck detectors to ring New York?
Thermite/ TNT detectors to ring New York?
Sarcastic? Yes, but a hell of a lot more plausaible than nukes.
Since broadly speaking Homeland Security's raison d'etre was 911:
"Fact Sheet: Protecting the Homeland Post September 11
Release Date: September 8, 2006
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken significant action to improve the nation’s security since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001."
--it's got to make one wonder why THEY think they need nuke detectors. Or why they need us to think they need nuke detectors.
I wonder if there's a Presidential Daily Brief about a nuke attack yet?