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dirty bomb

[¦dər·dē ′bäm]
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An explosive based on nuclear fission that emits many long-lived radioactive isotopes.
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This will come three years after the law was passed, and six years after the Padilla case made officials aware that dirty bombs were on al-Qaida's menu.
Her comments on the dirty bomb threat come after police in Slovakia arrested three men suspected of trying to sell contraband uranium for EUR1 million (pounds 500,000).
Security chiefs fear terrorists may use a dirty bomb - which is packed with radioactive material - to create mass casualties and contamination in busy shopping areas.
And despite rhetorical sensationalism about dirty bombs -- announcing Jose Padilla's arrest, former Attorney General John Ashcroft claimed that a dirty bomb "can cause mass death and injury" -- they are hardly weapons of mass destruction.
CHANGING TIMES After the immediate stabilization response to a dirty bomb, the cleanup must begin in earnest.
This enrichment technology has the potential to convert non-radioactive elements into radioactive material that could be used in dirty bombs.
Dirty bombs are small amounts of radioactive material wrapped inside conventional explosives.
The reality is that the threat of a dirty bomb attack by terrorists is a credible one, although the psychological and economic consequences would likely far outweigh any casualties or physical destruction," said James Jay Carafano in a study published by the Heritage Foundation.
Additional tests to simulate the containment of different types of dirty bombs were conducted with the assistance of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Ottawa, Canada, in January 2004.
LOS ANGELES -- A dirty bomb attack in the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex would result in serious economic and psychological consequences, and could produce tens to hundreds of latent cancers.
An Al-Qaeda supergrass has claimed that alleged terrorists on trial at the Old Bailey smuggled components of a dirty bomb through an airport.
The suppression blanket is used to cover an undetonated dirty bomb or radiological dispersal device (RDD).