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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Stopping Nuclear Terrorism the PSI factor

Surprise? "U.S. Advocates Global Network To Head Off Nuclear Terrorism" it says here:
The task, he said, “is to understand the requirements of nonproliferation security in the post-9/11 era: to find ways to work together to mold an international order and create global systems that are strong … and connected enough to prevent global terrorists from acquiring or delivering a weapon of mass destruction.”

The ultimate fear, Bonner said, is that there may be a nuclear weapon in a box traversing the seas or in the air hidden in a cargo container.

“Those containers could easily become bulky missiles – crude, but nevertheless, missile delivery systems.” That is why, he said, PSI can be viewed as “part of an anti-missile defense system.”

Even if the al-Qaida network does not have a nuclear weapon now, Bonner said, the reality is that PSI must be expanded to prevent the terrorists from obtaining such a weapon or the special nuclear materials to make one. Al-Qaida must be prevented from delivering a nuclear device, he said.

“Nothing is more important for PSI. Nothing is more important to homeland security and the security of the global economy,” Bonner said.
"Bonner" is U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert Bonner.

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