Nuclear Terrorism: Strengthening Our Domestic Defenses, Hearings Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, Part I and Part II, June 30 and September 15, 2010 [open pdf - 5MB]
From the opening statement of Joseph I. Lieberman: "This is the eighth in a series of hearings our Committee has held since 2007 to discuss how our Nation is confronting the real and dire threats posed by nuclear terrorism. And I must say that today it seems to me, as I look back and look at where we are now, that the threat of a nuclear terrorist attack on the United States is growing faster than our ability to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack on our homeland, and obviously as the Homeland Security Committee this is of great and growing concern to us. […] The International Atomic Energy Agency's Illicit Trafficking Database, which tracks all reported cases of smuggling, theft, unexplained losses, or black market sales of nuclear materials, reports there have been 1,340 confirmed incidents of smuggling since 2007 that involve materials that could at least be used to make a so-called dirty bomb. And of those cases, 18 involved the smuggling of highly enriched uranium or plutonium--the material that is critical to the making of an actual atomic weapon. In 2008, our Committee held hearings to examine the office created in our government to counter this threat--the little-known Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). […] Though most Americans have never heard of DNDO, its mission is clearly vital to our homeland security in the world in which we live in today." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph I. Lieberman, Susan M. Collins, Daniel K. Akaka, Eugene E. Aloise, Micah D. Lowenthal, Dana A. Shea, Jane Holl Lute, and Warren M. Stern.
S. Hrg. 111-1096; Senate Hearing 111-1096
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