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The threat that's bigger than ricin.

At 6am [back in January 2003] shadowy figures cut the wire at the Sizewell B nuclear power plant in Suffolk. They attacked from the beach in darkness, went undetected until they were well inside the reactor building and even then were only met by unarmed security guards. Had these been armed terrorists with bombs, rather than peace activists with paint tins, southern England would now be in serious peril of unchecked nuclear fallout. As it was, [the January 2003] attack by Greenpeace rated little comment compared with the hundreds of column inches that have been written about the threat from small cells of terrorists intent on using biological weapons. Yet the nuclear threat is potentially even more dangerous. The government has been alarmed by an unpublished paper written for a scientific journal by nuclear engineer John Large. This spelt out the fact that any one of 20 nuclear installations in Britain are easy to attack, almost impossible to defend, and once damaged could cause an uncontrollable nuclear chain reaction. While the danger of biological attack appears to have been deliberately played up by the prime minister, the even more dreadful nuclear threat has been suppressed by Whitehall – probably because an attack would be enormously difficult to prevent owing to the number and vulnerability of the sites. Full Story

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