"Thieves in Mexico have stolen a truck containing potentially "extremely dangerous" radioactive material used in medical treatment, the UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday."
They must be very educated thieves, with a good knowledge of Radioactivity.
"At the time the truck was stolen, the source was properly shielded. However, the source could be extremely dangerous to a person if removed from the shielding, or if it was damaged"
The "person" knows very well what to do. He's only following orders.
The IAEA said it was informed about the theft by Mexico’s CNSNS nuclear security authority.
....the nuclear "insecurity" authority would be a more appropriate name.
"The Mexican authorities are currently conducting a search for the source and have issued a press release to alert the public,"
The necessary steps to keep the population scared and have a good reason to increase help to the military and the Police, secret services, etc.
Such a "radiological dispersal device" or RDD would be hugely less lethal than an atomic bomb but is much easier to make and could still cause mass panic.
Exactly as I said: "cause mass panic".
"Experts have long warned about the danger posed by the large amounts of such material held in hospitals, university campuses and factories around the world under often insufficient security."
However, those "experts" do NOTHING in order to reduce danger.
Last year alone, the IAEA recorded 17 cases of illegal possession and attempts to sell nuclear materials and 24 incidents of theft or loss. It says this is the "tip of the iceberg".
Yes, like with drugs and weapons, they arrest private dealers, but Governments making fortunes selling nuclear materials, that's legal and OK. This gives them later also the "legal" tight to accuse countries, attack them, invade them and occupy them.
Many cases have involved former parts of the Soviet Union, such as Chechnya, Georgia and Moldova -- where in 2011 several people were arrested trying to sell weapons-grade uranium -- but not only.
Why don't they mention the arrest cases in USA? again, as I mentioned in the previous paragraph, arrests made when those selling weapons-grade uranium are doing it for private and not Government's gain.