Government investigators smuggled radioactive materials into U.S.
From David de Sola
Monday, March 27, 2006; Posted: 7:55 p.m. EST (00:55 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Two teams of government investigators using fake documents were able to enter the United States with enough radioactive sources to make two dirty bombs, according to a federal report made available Monday.
The investigators purchased a “small quantity” of radioactive materials from a commercial source while posing as employees of a fictitious company and brought the materials into the United States through checkpoints on the northern and southern borders, according to a Government Accountability Office report prepared for Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Chairman Norm Coleman, a Minnesota Republican.
“It’s just an indictment of the system that it’s easier to get radiological material than it is to get cold medicine,” said a senior subcommittee staffer about the findings.
The report, along with two others by the GAO on the subject of smuggling and detection of nuclear materials, were provided to reporters by congressional sources in advance of the first of two hearings by the subcommittee scheduled to begin Tuesday.
this is no surprise. Progressives have been stating for years that the Bush administration has not been serious about border security. This is simply more evidence to prove our point.