THIS IS HOW WE ROLL IN
(cross-posted as a comment at Majikthise)
Every time I hear the term ‘dirty bomb’ used, I have to stifle an annoyed sigh.
I’ve been a firefighter for over ten years, and since 9/11 the amount of federally funded terrorism ‘education’ I’ve sat through has mushroomed. I’ve sat through classes where I’ve been told that the number one threat to U.S. public safety is the Earth Liberation Front. I’ve heard Greenpeace labeled a terrorist organization. I’ve heard much talk about ‘dirty bombs’, too, but very few specifics. There is a reason for that last fact, and I don’t have the scientific expertise to explain it.
Thankfully, Technology Review has my back. To phrase their analysis in the colloquial, dirty bombs are bullshit. Now I’m not one for donning the tin foil hat, but the corny sci-fi nature of the dirty bomb concept makes me wonder why it has such traction, even in our current fear-mongering public discourse.
I would urge you and your readers to consider the evidence (and the pertinent lack thereof) when attempting to suss the motives behind such campaigns. I suspect that the upcoming drill is a great way to justify the DHS budget as well as to maintain our highly profitable atmosphere of paranoia.
It wouldn’t be the first time that a dubious terrorism scare was used to implement a farcical and expensive policy. The next time your rolled-up, three-quarters empty toothpaste tube is confiscated by a diligent TSA agent because the amount it originally held is an ounce-and-a-half beyond the required maximum, just remember that the alleged plot that gave birth to this lunatic, chicken-shit policy was neither factually credible nor scientifically feasible.