John Isaacs & Guy Stevens / Council for a Livable World – 2013-05-01 00:56:14
ACTION ALERT: Restore Funding to Nuclear Non-Proliferation Programs
John Isaacs & Guy Stevens / Council for a Livable World
(April 30, 2013) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to cause death and injuries during the Boston marathon. As horrific as it was, the Tsarnaev brothers exploded a crude bomb using a pressure cooker. But what if the Boston bombers had access to a nuclear device?
In 2009, President Obama cautioned that terrorists are seeking to build, buy or steal a nuclear weapon:
“One nuclear weapon exploded in one city — be it New York or Moscow, Islamabad or Mumbai, Tokyo or Tel Aviv, Paris or Prague — could kill hundreds of thousands of people. And no matter where it happens, there is no end to what the consequences might be — for our global safety, our security, our society, our economy, to our ultimate survival.”
The bomb that devastated Hiroshima during World War II would require only 55 pounds of highly enriched uranium, an amount about the size of a grapefruit and easily hidden in a backpack.
The biggest obstacle to building a nuclear bomb is obtaining the nuclear materials from disassembled nuclear weapons or from hundreds of civilian and research reactors throughout the world.
To deal with the problem, President Obama announced a goal of securing all vulnerable nuclear materials within four years. While the Presidentâ€™s goal is commendable, the follow-through has sometimes been lacking. Programs to stop terrorists from obtaining dangerous nuclear materials are facing significant budget cuts this year.
It takes a modest increase in spending to forestall a disaster that could cost hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars. We must take this threat seriously if we are to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of other Tsaernevs.
Thank you for your attention to this critical issue,
Restore Funding to Nuclear Non-Proliferation Programs
Council for a Livable World
Urge the President and Congress to fully fund programs to keep nuclear materials out of terrorist hands.
While the Presidentâ€™s goal to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials within four years is commendable, programs to stop terrorists from obtaining dangerous nuclear materials are facing significant budget cuts this year.
Please restore funding to the key programs that can avert the threat of nuclear terror.
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