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Subject: Terrorists Closer To Grabbing A Nuke
SYSOP    2/10/2013 9:57:14 AM
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bikebrains    Bounty   2/10/2013 12:28:13 PM
" India responded that it has evidence that Pakistan is offering cash bounties (of up to $12,000) for individual acts of terrorism against Indian troops along the LOC."  When the United States questions this behavior the Pakistani government can respond "What is your problem, the New Orleans Saints do the same thing!"    Sick humor aside, boycotting all goods with "Made in Pakistan" on the label will deprive Pakistan of three billion dollars (US) per year.  That will not help the previously murdered Indians but the boycott will make finding the money to pay the bounties more difficult.       
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TonoFonseca    Terrorist Nukes   2/10/2013 12:44:13 PM

The Pakistani government says that its nukes are safeguarded by codes against terrorist use.  But suppose that they were dissected of those systems and just the warheads were kept?

Also, we cannot make any guarantees that the nukes would be used on India.  The warheads could be smuggled around the world for all we know.   

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Belisarius1234    PAL?    2/11/2013 2:23:41 AM
From those bozos? Don't make me laugh.
They can barely lay cinder-block right. 
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Reactive       2/13/2013 11:05:20 AM
It's hard to know what safety measures exist in Pakistani warheads but it's likely that the correct (viable) physical configuration of the implosive charges, primary and tamper is initiated by coded mechanical input (in the form of dials) - similarly the firing sequence that detonates the charges can be coded - given the extremely small tolerances necessary for a viable reaction it would not take a lot to render a weapon "safe", at least in terms of preventing inadvertent or deliberate unauthorised usage. This is assuming there has been adequate oversight and that the Pakistanis have not opted for simpler designs that are less inherently safe.
What is more worrying (imv) is proliferation of the material itself - it might be a stretch but it's just about feasible that terrorist groups could assemble a viable device if they had enough fissile material to work with.
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