Security Breach: Truck Carrying “Extremely Dangerous” Radioactive Material Hijacked In Mexico
December 4th, 2013
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.”