The US Gov’t Has “Lost” Enough Radioactive Material to Bomb Nagasaki 800 Times
When civilian contractors who use certain radioactive substances to test pipe strength or other inspections “lose” these items, news agencies widely report it and a massive search is conducted until it is found. However, as a recent case out of San Antonio illustrates, when government loses one of the most dangerous radioactive substances on the planet which could be used to create nuclear bombs to wipe out entire countries, all we hear are the proverbial crickets.
In March of 2017, two security experts traveled to San Antonio from the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory on a highly sensitive mission. They were directed to retrieve extremely dangerous nuclear materials from a research lab.
As MySanAntonio.com reports, their task, according to documents and interviews, was to ensure that the radioactive materials did not fall into the wrong hands on the way back to Idaho, where the government maintains a stockpile of nuclear explosive materials for the military and others.
To ensure they got the right items, the specialists from Idaho brought radiation detectors and small samples of dangerous materials to calibrate them: specifically, a plastic-covered disk of plutonium, a material that can be used to fuel nuclear weapons, and another of cesium, a highly radioactive isotope that could potentially be used in a so-called “dirty” radioactive bomb.
These two “highly trained security experts” then checked into a Marriott Hotel on the way back to Idaho and allegedly left the ingredients which could be used to blow up a city in the back of their Ford Expedition. When they went out to the SUV the next morning, they claim that all their testing equipment and the ingredients for a nuclear bomb were “missing.”
A year has passed since the plutonium — one of the most dangerous and valuable substances on the planet — has vanished and federal officials have yet to locate it. They also lost cesium as well, which is also still missing.