Re: eeyore and tigger

From: James Wetterau (
Date: Thu Jun 15 2000 - 07:45:39 MDT

"Michael S. Lorrey" says:
> Eugene Leitl wrote:
> >
> > Michael S. Lorrey writes:
> >
> > > > Cruse Missiles.
> > >
> > > Attackable with conventional aircraft and surface to air missiles (even of the
> > > shoulder fired kind).
> >
> > You have to know they're there. A relatively slow stealth delivery
> > vehicle with cool exhaust hugging the ground is quite difficult to
> > see, even from above.
> True, but where are you launching from? Canada? Mexico? Frankly I'm not
> worried about sophisticated threats from terrorists. They don't have

What the heck -- I've been pondering this for a while, so I'll throw
the question out:

What do you think of the possibility of delivery of nukes in a
container ship? This is my main scenario to fear: some North Korean
(or other potentially hostile nation) agents bribe dockworkers
somewhere close to home (South Korea in this case, though I guess this
just got a heck of lot less likely in the last few days) to allow them
to insert just one "special" carton among the thousands and thousands
of cartons in a container aboard a cargo ship, set to detonate via GPS
trigger upon arrival at the correct latitude and longitude. The
dockworkers might just assume it's a contraband shipment, not a weapon
of mass destruction.

In the mideast, this scenario could play out as a nuke stashed in an
oil tanker, possibly.

I have heard (though never got confirmation, anybody know for sure?
Care to tell me I'm wrong and quit worrying?) that the vast majority
of cargo arriving in U.S. ports never goes through any kind of
inspection, and if it does it's usually a random inspection of a small
portion of the contents, making it extremely unlikely that one
particular suspicious carton among the Hyundai's or whatever would be

Of course, this gets even easier if it's a bioweapon. Essentially,
I'm much more worried about trojan horses more than sophisticated
ICBM's or other weapons systems.

James Wetterau

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