Rut Roh – Turkey Catches Two Men Crossing Border Smuggling 1.2 kilos of Radioactive Nuclear Material, Cesium….

turkey radiationISTANBUL — Turkish news agencies say that authorities have arrested two Georgian citizens who tried to enter the Turkey with radioactive material, including cesium.

State-run Anadolu Agency says a woman identified only as N.K., aged 43, and a man, I.A., 40, were arrested Friday at a border gate in northeastern Turkey. The agency said they entered by foot from Georgia and were acting suspiciously. A search found 1.2 kilos of the cesium.

Authorities later detained a 60-year-old Turk, and all three were brought to court.

The material was delivered to the Turkish Atomic Energy Board.

Cesium-137 is a highly radioactive substance that is a waste product from nuclear reactors. It is used for scientific purposes, but could also be used by terrorists in a dirty bomb to disperse deadly radiation with explosives.

The southern Turkish border is one of the main routes for jihadist recruits trying to get into war-torn Syria, where ISIS and al Qaeda’s local branch, the al-Nusra Front, and a number of other militant groups are fighting eachother, and the Syrian government. (read more)


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21 Responses to Rut Roh – Turkey Catches Two Men Crossing Border Smuggling 1.2 kilos of Radioactive Nuclear Material, Cesium….

  1. Father Paul Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.


  2. But don’t worry – dirty bombs are “JV”!

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    • Sandra says:

      Imagine if the Tsarnaevs had access to the stuff for their marathon bombs. Would the area be inhabitable even now ?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Col.(R) Ken says:

        Maybe, massive decontamination effort needed.

        Liked by 1 person

      • What a difficult situation. ISIS promises to set of dirty bomb and says they have enough material. But who wants to send soldiers over there? Arm the Kurds. That’s our best bet. But i could be wrong


      • czarowniczy says:

        Cesium 137 used to be used in dirty bomb scenarios back in the 70s when the various Fed agencies discovered they could sell the scare scenario to Congress and get funding. It’s not an uncommon substance though over 3 pounds of it in one lump is a bit more than you’d expect to see on the streets.
        How bad the scenario would be depends upon how much and how widely it’s spread – in warm weather (~83 F/ 28 C) it’s a liquid and spreads farther than when it’s cold and more solid. It has a regular half-life of about 30 years and a biological half-life (untreated) of about 70 days. It’s great stuff for making a dirty bomb – now let’s figure out WTF passed out nearly 3 pounds of it. It’s a byproduct of nuke reactors so that sharply limits the potential suppliers in the area – I’d like to know if the US NRC is going to get a sample to test it and perhaps ID the source. At the same time I’d like to know if the Iranians, Russians or Pakis are fighting to KEEP anyone from getting a taste to test.
        In some place like Turkey they’d do a clean up that would involve a lot of outside assistance, largely because the Turks would not be capable of doing an EU/NATO level cleanup on its own and the EU/NATO would seize the moral high ground for a number of reasons. G-d forbid it would have been used in the US as the Federal agencies that would fall all over each other responding would do more damages in their bureaucratishness than the Cesium would do alone. Each agency would have its own definitions of what ‘clean’ is and we aren’t even getting into the realm of where do you dispose of the huge amounts of residue that would be created.Then we have the tort suit aftermath…
        The DHS has a massively expensive system in place that is designed to prevent radioactive materials from entering the US, very comparable with the system they have in place to prevent dangerous drugs from being illegally imported and look how well that all works. Sleep well.

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    • John Galt says:

      Right, global warming is the real danger, 0.0065°C by 2100. Never mind islamists running around with 1.2 kilos of a 30 year half-life gamma emitter.


  3. This is like a bad dream.. A real bad dream


  4. Arkindole says:

    Cesium-137 can come from your run-o-the-mill nuclear reactors; It is more likely a by-product of manufacturing weapons-grade radioactive goodies. Putinized or Iranyized? The pros could determine a distinct signature in the mass. Nice stuff for dirty bombas–hard emitter; super soluble in biological tissues; 6 times the half life of cobalt. Sounds like it was heading to the nut jobs in Syria who apparently don’t have a shortage of HEs for the 1700 or so suicide bombers they’ve been bragging about.

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    • Matt Musson says:

      In A Short History of Nuclear Folly – the author documents plenty of Cesium laying around the USSR. No one ever attempted to secure it or even clean it up.

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  5. TRONGOD2000 says:

    There might have been countless other people carrying cesium crossing the U.S. border with Mexico but Obama has made it clear that the border agents and state police are to let them come in. Don’t turn them around and don’t arrest them. So, who knows how many have brought tons of the stuff into the country. We can only hope they spread it around congress, IRS, HHS and the white house. All places that have been lying to us so much they need to be replaced.


  6. smiley says:

    like waiting for the other shoe to drop.
    tension in the back of the neck from feeling constantly braced !
    deep breathing helps.
    and swinging in a hammock.


  7. Dr. Bogus Pachysandra says:

    “who tried to enter the Turkey with radioactive material,”
    That would make for some potent stuffing!


  8. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Wondering, If these 3 people show minimum or advance signs of radiation poisoning??

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  9. bofh says:

    It would be more important to know the intensity of the radioactivity, not just the weight of the Cesium. That said, the collapse of the Soviet Union left all sorts of Really Bad Stuff lying around in the former SSRs, and if we’re having to depend on our “good friends” the Turks to interdict this stuff, we’re in really big trouble. For instance, there’s no particular reason to assume that this was the first such shipment, nor that other packages haven’t been successfully delivered to ISIS in Syria.


    • JohnP says:

      There’s a whole lot of nuts in Syrian fruitcake. It’s not just ISIS but also al-Qaeda and al-Nursra as well. Any one of them would just love to have a dirty bomb.


  10. Centinel2012 says:

    Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:

    The question is how many did they miss?


  11. Mike says:

    It’s OK. I checked with Joe Wilson and he said there was nothing to worry about.


  12. archer52 says:

    Saw that movie. George Clooney will save us. No..wait…he’s an actor? Married to some hot lawyer? And likes Obama?

    S**T! duck and cover, duck and cover…


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