feds urged to get rid of possible ‘dirty’ bomb tools

feds urged to get rid of possible 'dirty' bomb toolsfrom houston chronicle: The U.S. government should replace more than 1,000 irradiation machines used in hospitals and research facilities because terrorists could use the radioactive materials inside to make a “dirty” bomb, a government advisory panel has concluded.

“Any one of these 1,000-plus sources could shut down 25 square kilometers, anywhere in the United States, for 40-plus years,” according to panel documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The machines are in relatively unprotected locations such as hospitals and research facilities throughout the country, and may be a tempting source of radioactive materials for terrorists who want bombs that explode and disperse radioactive debris over a large area, rendering it uninhabitable, the board found…

The report comes from the Defense Science Board, a panel of retired military and CIA officials and defense industry experts who offer the Pentagon possible solutions to actual and potential national security problems. It is expected to be released late this year.