Not really enough to make a bomb, unless of course, you combine it with all of the other missing plutonium.
Courtesy of My San Antonio:
Two security experts from the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory drove to San Antonio, Texas, in March 2017 with a sensitive mission: to retrieve dangerous nuclear materials from a nonprofit research lab there.
Their task, according to documents and interviews, was to ensure that the radioactive materials did not fall into the wrong hands on the way back to Idaho, where the government maintains a stockpile of nuclear explosive materials for the military and others.
To ensure they got the right items, the specialists from Idaho brought radiation detectors and small samples of dangerous materials to calibrate them: specifically, a plastic-covered disk of plutonium, a material that can be used to fuel nuclear weapons, and another of cesium, a highly radioactive isotope that could potentially be used in a so-called “dirty” radioactive bomb.
But when they stopped at a Marriott hotel just off Highway 410, in a high-crime neighborhood filled with temp agencies and ranch homes, they left those sensors on the back seat of their rented Ford Expedition. When they awoke the next morning, the window had been smashed and the special valises holding these sensors and nuclear materials had vanished.
What? They left it in the car in a high crime area and it was stolen?
Who could have seen that coming?
Now more than a year later the plutonium has not been recovered, but the officials at the crime lab say there is not a reason for alarm because there is not enough of the substance to actually build a nuclear bomb.
Which could be comforting to know if it was not for this:
It is nonetheless now part of a much larger amount of plutonium that over the years has gone quietly missing from stockpiles owned by the U.S. military, often without any public notice.
So maybe just a little bit of panic would be a good idea.
So we not only have to worry about the Russians taking over our country through clandestine measures, and multiple foreign countries hacking into our infrastructure, we also have to contend with the idea of terrorist blowing us to hell with our very own nuclear materials.
When did real life suddenly become a rerun of the television show “24?”