Monday, September 17, 2007

Countering the threat of nuclear terrorism


Nuclear Terrorism
Graham Allison


The National Security Agency (NSA) in the US employs 30,000 electronic eavesdroppers to collect and interpret communications from around the world, while the CIA’s Directorate of Operations – its human spies – has only about four thousand employees, informs Graham Allison in ‘Nuclear Terrorism’ ( http://www.constablerobinson.com/). Yet, “the most sophisticated secret technologies cannot uncover small-scale insider theft, or even nuclear efforts camouflaged in highly visible civilian research programs,” he says, thus emphasising on the need for ‘more creative, diverse human sources of intelligence’.

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