COUNTDOWN TO THE FIRST TERRORIST ATTACK WITH A "dirty bomb"
The latest news are quite alarming: the chances grow that sooner or later a terrorist attack occurs with a dirty bomb, that is, an explosive device that spreads radioactive elements in the atmosphere.
An attack of this kind would open a new stage of widespread paranoia worldwide, which would in turn implement the most draconian measures of control and surveillance of the population by governments.
And indeed, for some time, it has been speculating with this possibility in mass media, alternative media and even in the world of fiction, so that the concept has been assimilated as "something possible" by the majority of the population.
Well, a few hours ago it has been known that highly dangerous radioactive material was stolen last year in Iraq and Iraqi officials fear could be acquired by Islamic State to make a dirty bomb, as indicated by sources told Reuters.
The material, stored in a protective case the size of a laptop, disappeared in November a storage facility near the city of Basra, southern Iraq.
These facilities belong to the American oil services company Weatherford.
Weatherford said in a statement that it was not responsible for the theft: "We do not own, operate or control the apparatus or the bunker where such equipment is stored"
The material, which uses gamma rays to find any defects in the materials used in oil and gas pipelines in a process called industrial gammagraphy, is owned company based in Istanbul, Turkey SGS.
An official of SGS in Iraq declined to comment and referred Reuters to its Turkish headquarters, which did not answer any phone calls, or any of the emails sent by journalists.
The US State Department said it was aware of the reports but not "detected no sign that Islamic State or other militant groups have acquired it."
A document from the Iraqi Ministry of Environment, dated November 30, describes "the theft of a highly radioactive source highly dangerous radioactive iridium-192 belonging to SGS, a tank belonging to Weatherford in Basra province."
An official with the ministry of environment of high level based on Basra, who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to speak publicly, told Reuters that the device contained up to 10 grams of "capsules" iridium-192, an isotope radioactive iridium is also used to treat cancer.
The material is classified as a radioactive source Category 2 by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), meaning that if not handled properly could cause permanent damage to a person who is around it for minutes or hours, and could be fatal for a person exposed to the radioactive source for a period of hours to days.
In fact, large amounts of Ir-192 have gone before in the United States, Britain and other countries, fueling fears among security officials that could be used to make a dirty bomb.
A dirty bomb combines conventional explosives nuclear material to contaminate an area with radiation, in contrast to a nuclear weapon, which uses nuclear fission to trigger a much more powerful explosion.
"We are afraid that the radioactive element into the hands of Islamic State , " said a senior security official with knowledge of the theft.
"They just have to put it together with explosives to make a dirty bomb , " the official, who works at the Interior Ministry and spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly.
The security official based in Baghdad, told Reuters there were no immediate suspects for theft. However, the official said the initial investigation suggests that the authors had specific knowledge of the material and facilities, as: "No broken locks, or broken doors, no evidence that anyone has forced no entry".
An operations manager of Taiz Iraqi security company that was hired to protect installations, refused to comment on the matter, citing instructions from authorities Iraqi security.
A spokesman in Basra operations command, responsible for security in Basra province, said the army, police and intelligence forces were working "day and night" to locate the material.
The army and police are responsible for security in southern Iraq, where Shiite militias backed by Iran and various criminal gangs operate.
The closest totally controlled by Islamic State area is more than 500 kms north of Basra, in the western province of Anbar. Islamic State does not control any territory in the predominantly Shiite southern provinces, but claimed bombings there, including one that killed 10 people in October in the same district where the facility is located Weatherford.
"Besides the risk of a dirty bomb, radioactive material could cause damage simply by being exposed in a public place for several days , " said David Albright, a physicist and president of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington.
He said high - level environmental authorities were concerned that whoever stole it mishandle the material, causing radioactive contamination of "catastrophic proportions".
Two provincial government officials in Basra say they were ordered last November to coordinate local hospitals: " We instruct hospitals in Basra for them to be alert for any case of burns caused by radioactivity and report immediately thereof security forces ".
However, there is no trace of radioactive material stolen or any clues about the perpetrators of the robbery.
As we see, all the details of this matter, have very sleazy ...
We have a robbery at a facility owned by a US company
-The Hazardous material stolen belongs to a company based in Turkey, a country with close ties to the Islamic State and an urgent need to intervene militarily in Syria
Whoever steals knows exactly where the material is and what it does and does not need to break any lock or knock down any doors for it, suggesting that those who have stolen may be professionals with access to facilities and sufficient knowledge to handle such material and disappear without a trace; because it seems that the thieves probably belong to a Western intelligence service or are professionals hired high level for it.
USA + Turkey + Services Intelligence ... draw your own conclusions.
At this point, it seems increasingly clear that the world will not get rid of a false flag attack with a dirty bomb occur.
We will see in what circumstances, who will be blamed and what response it seeks to achieve ... what is clear is that the first thing they will get will generate panic and an advantageous state of generalized paranoia among the population ...
UPDATE: finally appeared the news that the radioactive Industrial scanner has appeared abandoned near a gas station in Iraq, possibly abandoned by thieves.
And this leads us to ask several questions: If thieves came specifically to steal, as initial reports indicate, why have abandoned it later?
Why is repeated as many times have stolen radioactive devices of this type, with alarming news about it and its possible use to make dirty bombs, if weeks are abandoned somewhere? It happened something very similar in a robbery in Mexico, as noted above.
What effect do these news on the collective imagination? Are we trying to create a constant climate of fear and paranoia among the population?
It is easy to deduce that people will produce more impact the initial news ( "stolen radioactive material to make a dirty bomb"), that subsequent news ( "recovered radioactive device"), except that fewer people know recovery theft device because of the sensationalism and monitoring offered with the first news.
All this contributes to the constant feeling among the population that can occur a (fake) dirty bomb attack because there are people who "steal radioactive materials".
Keywords: US, MIDEAST, CRISIS, IRAQ, RADIATION, Civil Unrest, Environment, Company News, Middle East, Turkey, Energy, Radioactive, TERRORIST