United States is 'Woefully Unprepared' for Nuclear Terrorism
“It took only two nuclear bombs to get Japan to surrender-- and the Japanese of that era were far tougher than most Americans today. Just one bomb-- dropped on New York, Chicago or Los Angeles-- might be enough to get us to surrender."
“Sharif al-Masri, an Egyptian who was captured in late August near Pakistan's border with Iran and Afghanistan, has told his interrogators of "al-Qaeda's interest in moving nuclear materials from Europe to either the U.S. or Mexico," according to a report circulating among U.S. government officials. Masri also said al-Qaeda has considered plans to "smuggle nuclear materials to Mexico, then operatives would carry material into the U.S."
Unfortunately, despite the danger of nuclear terrorism, little has changed over the years regarding border security, or lack thereof. In August, Investor’s Business Daily reported that illegal immigrants from terrorist-sponsoring countries continually enter the United States through the Mexican border:
“In the last three years, the Department of Homeland Security caught and released 481 illegal aliens from nations designated as state sponsors of terrorism and "countries of interest," and those 481 are now fugitives. That may seem like a small number out of the thousands that arrive every day, but it took only 19 terrorists to fly passenger jets into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and target the White House or CongressAfter a Nigerian passenger dubbed the Christmas Day bomber almost succeeded in blowing up Northwest Flight 253 near Detroit, Nigeria and 13 other countries were put on a list whereby passengers from these countries flying into the U.S. would be subject to extra scrutiny and screening.Ten of these countries —Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen — were defined as "countries of interest." Four others — Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria — are listed as state sponsors of terror. Yet citizens from these countries routinely walk across or are brought across our southern border.”