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  1. Yeah, I’ve know about this little problem for years. Terrorists are much more likely to try to get one of the USSRs “missing” nukes (although there has been a lot of discussion about whether or not they could defeat the safeties–more likely they’d have to semi-dismantle the bomb and set up their own triggering mechanism–again, a Very Hard Problem). If I was a terrorist, I’d just buy up a bunch of surplus medical devices (the type used in radiation therapy), pull 20 or 30 lbs of something like strontium 90 out of them, and use a conventional explosion to spread the dust over a city. Public panic would do the rest.

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