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  •  But you can't harm someone with that (none)
    An individual's thyroid cancer medicine or the radon in your basement can't be used to harm somebody. Radon is a diffuse gas that is harmful over years of exposure. And someone's thyroid cancer medicine is obviusly not killing the patient...

    Using detectors to search for quantities of radiation that could be used as a weapon doesn't sound bad to me.

    I Supported the War When I Believed the Lies

    by bejammin075 on Fri Dec 23, 2005 at 12:31:00 PM PST

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    •  I don't think it sounds bad to anyone (none)
      provided the proper judicial and constitutional procedures are in place.

      As described, it's just another piece of the Bush Administration's insane fear-mongering and grasping-at-straws approach - with an ample side of racism thrown in.

      •  That's the key... (none)
        They didn't get search warrants

        Either because they knew they couldn't.

        Or because they are so powermad, they think it doesn't apply to them.

        despot : 1. A master; an absolute or irresponsible ruler or sovereign. 2. One who rules regardless of a constitution or laws; a tyrant.

        by wrights on Fri Dec 23, 2005 at 12:44:35 PM PST

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        •  I wouldn't have a problem with detecting (none)
          It's the no warrants that raises my hackles.

          despot : 1. A master; an absolute or irresponsible ruler or sovereign. 2. One who rules regardless of a constitution or laws; a tyrant.

          by wrights on Fri Dec 23, 2005 at 12:45:25 PM PST

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    •  Shielded versus unshielded (none)
      The problem with your line of reasoning is that a bad actor would shield his radiation source, where your basement radon, your granite countertops, your uranium-painted plates, etc are unshielded.

      Hence they're looking for the very low levels associated with a shielded big source which probably looks very similar to your unshielded tiny sources.

      •  there are many different kinds of radiation (none)
        and different detectors are used for different kinds, different frequencies, different power levels.  Many kinds of weapon grade materials give off specific radiation signatures, that if detected distinguish pthese from medical radioisotopes, granite, even raw uranium.  Clearly the detection of these weapon grade signatures would be grounds for a search warrant, and even a full scale armed raid.  The issue is where the investigation in publicallt available spaces stops, and private spaces begins.  But, please, give it a break, probable cause is the lowest standard of proof there is.  Bush's claims that the warrant process is too slow is BULLSHIT.
        Power has corrupted our executive branch to the limit.

        Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.

        by StrayCat on Fri Dec 23, 2005 at 02:37:45 PM PST

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