Undercover congressional investigators posing as West Virginia businessmen obtained a license with almost no scrutiny from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that enabled them to buy enough radioactive material from U.S. suppliers to build a “dirty bomb,” a new government report says.
The investigators obtained the license within 28 days from officials at the NRC, the federal agency that in addition to regulating nuclear power plants oversees radioactive materials used in health care and industry, the report by the Government Accountability Office says.
[…] Using a post-office box at Mail Boxes Etc., a telephone and a fax machine, the undercover investigators from the GAO obtained the license “without ever leaving their desks,” the report says.
As I pointed out in my post below, the government cares primarily about the appearance of credibility, the appearance of safety. They know when they’re lying and they probably know that our security apparatus has more holes than Fred Fielding’s last legal brief. They don’t care. Or maybe they think that nothing will serve the Norquist brigades better than gumming up government until it breaks down altogether. Either way, 2009 cannot come soon enough.