Research at least two different sites and determine if it is relatively for a terrorist to obtain a nuclear bomb or make a nuclear explosion.
You cannot say “yes a terrorist can do a nuclear bomb because anything is possible”. Weight the pros and cons.
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Post 1 Phong:
Likelihood of Nuclear Terrorism
According to this first source simply titled, “Nuclear Terrorism” The attacks on September 11th just shows how far the terrorists are willing to go, inflicting civilian casualties. Due to their willingness to take human lives the idea of terrorists wishing to use nuclear means to achieve their goals is highly plausible. It is important to note that Nuclear terrorism can take several forms. It can take the form of terrorists building a nuclear bomb, or even just attacking a nuclear power plant to cause destruction of epic proportions. The threat is realistic to the point that various agencies and countries have to cooperate as discussed in the NTI assignment.
The second source titled, “Reducing the greatest risks of nuclear theft & terrorism” also indicates that the notion of terrorists wanting to obtain nukes or nuclear materials is highly likely. The idea is so plausible that President Obama views this as, “the most immediate and extreme threat to global security.” It is due to this that he strongly urges that countries work together to fight the common enemy, terrorism, by securing all vulnerable nuclear materials with the timespan of four years. He wished for this in the year 2009. In essence both of these articles view nuclear terrorism as a very imminent threat and strongly suggest that proactive measures must be taken to ensure the safety people regardless of nation.
Post 2 Diana:
While obtaining a nuclear weapon would be quite hard, the websites listed below give us many examples as to how terrorists are able to obtain it and transfer it over to the states. They list the global stockpile of the weapons around the world, which there’s an abundance of. While the U.S. has increased their security over the years since 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing, school shootings, and other occurrences, smuggling bombs and nuclear materials by hiding them within goods and products is one way that they could bring it into states. Illegal ways in which they could bring it in would be by smuggling them along with drugs or having immigrants who are trying to come over to the U.S. bring the nuclear weapons along with them. In the second article, Smugglers, Thieves, and Terrorists emphasizes that the biggest threat that the United States has if terrorist obtaining a nuclear weapon. Knifes and guns are still deadly, while makeshift bombs are as well but none of these weapons come in comparison when it comes to nuclear weapons made up of uranium and plutonium. The amount of damage and the range that it would be able to reach in short amount of time would be more efficient and easier for them. How would they be able to gain access to these nuclear weapons though? While attacking or properly getting into a nuclear plant is far-fetched, the article states that such attempts have been made before, although they have not gotten very far. As long as nuclear weapons are available, there is a threat that they will be stolen and studied. Terrorists have many people working for their organizations from risk-takers to scientists who look into the components and try to recreate weapons of mass destruction for them. It is not a fact of whether they are able to obtain it or make it themselves, but if the states have the security needed to not allow them to.
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