President Bush has announced that "five people have crossed the Canadian Border" and that they may be trying to set off a 'dirty bomb.' I think this "team" is made up of exactly the same cloth as the "Libyan Hit Squad" that supposedly tried to assassinate President Reagan (and was subsequently exposed as a complete fabrication).
However, it WOULD be handy for the DoD or another branch of the Amerikkkan govt. to set off a bomb in the US, because they could then put the notice on the Emergency Broadcast System, arrogate every discussion in the US, and scare the crap out of people. I have to wonder if they would go that far, but history shows that war provocateur scares are the norm for US wars.
I am particularly paying attention to this latest BS because it comes at a time in which US troop concentrations around Iraq are approaching a quarter-million, and after the false stories about Saudi airspace being available. That last story is the sort of short-term-quality propaganda that would cause problems if it were not immediately superseded by a much bigger story.
In the unlikely event of a dirty bomb going off, remember: it is highly unlikely that the radioactive material plume would go to you. If it should, use any material available to cover your nose and mouth (i.e., even just wet cloth), exit the area calmly and begin cleansing your body, purging contaminated clothing and personal effects, and begin chelation therapy (huge amounts of Viatmin C). If you do these things it is unlikely that the bomb will affect you permanently (unless you are at ground zero).
The "Dirty bomb" concept is basically the idea of tying some radioactive crap onto an explosive device and setting it off to contaminate an area with the plume. The tiny amount of actual terrorists probably wouldn't be able to get their hands on much more than radioactive cesium or cobalt. A plutoniom contamination bomb would be more dangerous and would also pretty much give away the hand of the government.
We have to immediately wrest control of the discussion here, due to the danger of an effective propaganda coup.
Sorry about the typos, gotta run.