--- John Clark <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> john marlow <email@example.com> Wrote:
> > nukes can be tracked, perhaps even by
> No way!
**At a guess, I'd say Yes Way.
> >by rad emissions,
> If you were 5 feet away you might be able to detect
> emissions, but I
> don't see how you could tell if they were coming
> from something harmless
> or not, medical isotopes for example.
**Medical isotopes do not travel outward from former
Soviet states, follow obscure backroads, or reside for
extended periods in areas lacking sophisticated
medical equipment. The emissions signature is also
> >making use difficult.
> I wish that were true.
**What makes you think it's not? Let's say it's
happened--an attempt which was thwarted. Perhaps more
than one. Do you really think the gov't is going to
call a press conference and say, "Well, gee, you know,
this bunch of loonies almost blew up New York--but we
got there in the nick of time..?"
> >Also, any party employing a backpack nuke must
> fear massive retaliation
> >from the target nation.
> But that's the big advantage a backpack nuke has
> over a ICBM, you won't know
> where it came from, all you'll know is that Denver
> no longer exists.
**Assuming it wasn't being tracked the whole time. See
> John K Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
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