My physician would like to run some tests.
Please send HEU to me, c/o Dr. Ayman
al-Zawahiri, Pakistan. COD is okay.
Stephen Young, once and future guest blogger at ACW, highlighted an obscure provision in the soon-to-pass Energy bill that would undermine efforts to gradually end U.S. exports of highly enriched uranium.
In one House Energy and Commerce Committee meeting, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) demanded that lobbyists from the Alpine Group—who have promoted Nordion’s interests on behalf of a nuclear medicine trade group—raise their hands and identify themselves.
“I’ve never done that before, but this is outrageous,” Markey said. “To save one Canadian company some money, we’re willing to blow a hole in our nonproliferation policies.”
Since 2003, the Alpine Group’s main energy lobbyists—James D. Massie, Richard C. White and Rhod Shaw—have contributed more than $25,000 to members of the energy committees, and nuclear medicine trade groups have donated tens of thousands more. They have also drummed up support from doctors; the computer signature on one letter to a senator, purportedly written by a radiologist, was actually White’
For what it is worth, Physicians for Social Responsibility doesn’t buy the argument that the Burr Amendment is necessary to supply medical isotopes. The Union of Concerned Scientists also has a fact sheet.
And no, the Burr Admendment would not allow direct-mail sale of HEU. It’s called satire. Of course, if anyone in Al-Qaeda would like to send a current mailing address for either Mr. bin Laden or Dr. al-Zawahiri, ACW will put you in touch with the, um, relevant US authorities.