Nuclear Terrorism

Topics: Nuclear weapon, United States, Nuclear proliferation Pages: 2 (477 words) Published: April 28, 2013
At this time in our world we live in I do believe nuclear terrorism is a huge threat and the U.S. should be very concerned about it. It was noted by Jeffrey T. Richelson that “declassified documents have confirmed that the U.S. (and other) governments have anticipated the possibility of a terrorist nuclear incident at such high-profile events as the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics” (Richelson 2012). United States government officials have been concerned with the possibility of a terrorist attack since the attacks on the world trade center in 2001. Another concern of the United States is the possibility of nuclear capable Iran might produce either weapons, weapons-grade material for dirty bombs, or supply technical knowledge to its Shi'a allies in Hezbollah. It was recently reported by CNN news center that a terrorist attack in Canada had been stopped and the cell came from Iran who was secretly harboring members of Al Qaida. I do not believe these types of countries should have nuclear capabilities. Another concern is the possibilities of nuclear materials being stolen and not being able to track them down. Under the freedom of information act there have been over 40 documents have been posted by the National Security Archive that contain information on the concerns of a possible Nuclear Terrorist attack on American Soil. Within the Archives there is also documentation of earlier investigations that include details of a possible clandestine nuclear attack. Other information within the documentation is some of Al Qaeda’s top leaders requesting nuclear material. I do not believe the threat is exaggerated, I believe the threat is very real. The documents were obtained through the Department of Energy, the CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Department of Defense. Here in the United States we are not only concerned about nuclear terrorism; we are also concerned about nuclear security. There are a few organizations...
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