Undercover investigators bought radioactive ingredients needed to make a dirty bomb and drove them into the USA past border security agents, a government report said Monday.
The report by the Government Accountability Office, the watchdog arm of Congress, said that investigators put radioactive material in the trunks of cars and drove to Canadian and Mexican border checkpoints on Dec. 14, 2005. When Homeland Security radiation detectors went off, the investigators gave Customs and Border Protection agents fake government licenses and receipts.
Agents searched the cars, reviewed the documents and ultimately gave the undercover officers the OK to bring the material into the USA, according to the report, filed as part of a border-security probe. Full story.