Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thieves steal half a dozen radioactive shipments per year in Mexico

And I should be worried about Iran?

Maybe we should sanction Mexico, or invade and destroy all of their WMDs / nuclear plants instead of talking tough at puny dictators 6,000 miles away.

The world should get tough when it's policy for independent contractors with no security to transport radioactive material.

The truck marked "Transportes Ortiz" left Tijuana on Nov. 28 and was headed to the storage facility when the driver stopped to rest at a gas station in Tepojaco, in Hidalgo state north of Mexico City.

The driver, Valentin Escamilla Ortiz, told authorities he was sleeping in the truck when two men with a gun approached about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. They made him get out, tied his hands and feet and left him in a vacant lot nearby.

On average, a half dozen thefts of radioactive materials are reported in Mexico each year and none have proven to be aimed at the cargo, Eibenschutz said. He said that in all the cases the thieves were after shipping containers or the vehicles.

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