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"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> Mike Lorrey wrote:
> > And all imported packages do go through sniffing protocols when they
> > come into the country. Don't be silly.
> > Now, a true pony nuke is about 80 lb, and has a yeild of abour 8kt. It
> > also is sniffed when it comes into the country, and a radiation source
> > would glow like a neon sign in an xray machine.
> Mike, I have to say I'm skeptical about this. Is there a really good
> reason why it's harder to smuggle 150 kilos of uranium than 150 kilos of
How much cocaine is smuggled by UPS, Eli? Can you tell me?
For starters, an xray machine is going to see the materials of a nuclear
device, as well as a vaporous cloud on the screen from the radiation
from the isotopes. Nor can a device be made which does not give off a
significant amount of measurable radiation to the atmosphere. UPS deals
with radioactive materials, they are clearly marked as such on the
outside. Any package not so marked raises a red flag. Marked shipments
are also serialized and tracked.
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