Friday, May 9, 2008

Business of the Bomb: The Modern Nuclear Marketplace

Mark Shapiro and Michael Montgomery of American RadioWorks recently put together an exceptional radio documentary entitled “Business of the Bomb: The Modern Nuclear Marketplace” which examines the “legitimate” side of the illicit networks that assist in nuclear proliferation, focusing on the A.Q. Khan network.

Below is a snippet to pique your interest:

… The popular image of desperate terrorists smuggling enriched uranium across borders may not be the most serious nuclear threat to the world. Instead, the people helping to make the bombs are often successful businessmen made even richer through illicit deals for making the machines to enrich uranium and build bombs. They may live in suburbs and belong to country clubs. And their ability to operate under the guise of "legitimate" business makes catching up with them far more difficult.

You can download an mp3 of the radio documentary, listen to it online, or read the transcript.

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