Saturday, March 11, 2006

WorldNetDaily: The day a nuke hit our port

This is the direct commentary from Robert Pfriender, head of Allied International Development, Limited, that I promised you would appear in WorldNetDaily today.

Mr. Pfriender remains as reluctant as ever to provide details of his Offshore Super-Security Inspection program--except that he could build a twenty-file-mile-out floating inspection platform, together with all its robotic radiation, chemical, and biological sensors, for $5.5 billion US. That's $16.5 billion altogether. An anti-missile defense would cost $55 billion, to put matters into perspective.

Most of his article is designed to make people think, really hard, about how easily a terrorist could build a nuclear device into a typical shipping container, and about the awful consequences of allowing that container to get any closer to our coast than twenty-five miles--let alone let a ship carrying it come into port! Included is an anecdote about how a case of depleted uranium, whose radiation signature would have been quite similar to that of a fission bomb, passed through the current manifest check without arousing suspicion.

Obviously someone--someone trustworthy--needs to ask Mr. Pfriender how he can claim that requiring every ship to stop at one of his facilities wouldn't appreciably slow shipping times. But the article contains many excellent links, some to PDF files from the government itself, essentially backing up his other claims that the current "virtual inspection" regime is not sufficient.

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