Home Office counter-terror boffins from the chemical, biological,
radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) Science and Technology Programme will carry
out “tracer gas trials” in London
starting this weekend.
Tony McNulty, the minister in charge of security spooks and special-powers
cops, revealed the plans to Parliament yesterday.
“The trials will improve our understanding of the
movement of air-borne material in the urban environment and will enable
enhancements in public protection to be developed,” he said.
The trials will involve the release of small amounts of
“non-toxic, odourless gases” in the Marylebone area of Westminster
starting on Sunday, and will run for a four to six week period. The
Press Association reports that about 20 scientific monitoring stations will be
set up in the area.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission says that: “Most [dirty bombs] would not release enough
radiation to kill people or cause severe illness – the conventional explosive
itself would be more harmful to individuals than the radioactive material.
However, depending on the scenario, a dirty bomb explosion could create fear
and panic. Making prompt, accurate information available to the public could
prevent the panic sought by terrorists.
A dirty bomb is not a “Weapon of Mass Destruction”
but a “Weapon of Mass Disruption,” where contamination and anxiety are the
terrorists’ major objectives.
Still, nobody ever made a mistake over-estimating the
ability of Western citizens and in particular their media to get in a panic,
especially with this government’s propensity to use the terror scare card
Lets hope that this is more successful than the underground suicide
bomber training that was being conducted on 7/7.
Spyblog asks which Gases are to be used, and why the secrecy?