Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Friday, September 20, 2002

A quick look at some of the things that nuclear inspectors look for.

...new detection and analytical devices and software were much more sophisticated than before. High-quality digital video and photographic imagery will be crucial in the hunt for nuclear weapons. An important device -- developed after the IAEA left in 1998 -- will be a yellow machine the size of a chainsaw called "Alex", which analyses the composition of metal samples to detect traces of suspicious nuclear materials. The team will also randomly swab walls, doors and floors and gather soil and water samples -- all of which will be analysed in their field laboratory or back in Vienna.

Over the last four years, Baute and his staff have not been idle. They have thoroughly analysed satellite images of Iraq, plus the mountains of documents, photos, video footage and samples they collected between 1991 and 1998.

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