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Nuclear and Chemical Expert blows open real human loss from a crazy strike on Iran’s 400 sites

The impending trigger-happy catastrophe of a pointless, premature attack on Iraq must, by any standard, include in the debate the human deaths that will happen.

Russ Imrie October 2012

Read The report: ” The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble:The Human Cost of Military Strikes Against Iran’s Nuclear Facilities

There has been no public discussion on how the world will deal with thousands of injured and contaminated civilians after a tragic attack on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and personnel. In one scenario, 29% of Iran’s water supply would be rendered toxic. Toxic for drinking, for farming, for livestock.

In a forum at The Atlantic Council in cooperation with The Woodrow Wilson Center, experts discussed an objective look at the terrible human costs in Iran of an attack on some of Iran’s 400 nuclear-related sites, like what is being contemplated by the U.S. and Israel, and might one say, invited?, by Iran’s Ayatollah.

Among other things, a strike on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure (which hasn’t built a single nuclear weapon) would cause a massive loss of life at the plants and across the countryside. And this tragic fact seems not even be on the radar in Irani society. Or mentioned in Western discourse.

Whether or not Iran built, for instance, the huge site named Isfahan less than 10 miles from that city (and told locals it was a grain silo) as a cynically malignant strategic defense tactic is debatable. It is typical of Iran’s shaky jurisdiction that lacks clear safety law and that suffers fatality levels much higher than Turkey, for instance, in the region’s frequent severe earthquakes. Hospital beds are laughably insufficient to treat an industrial accident or the injured from any strike on facilities that employ tens of thousands. But a strike on the [Isfahan] plant would absolutely release tons of Uranium Hexafluoride (HF6) as toxic gas (stored in pressurized vessels) on the city and possibly the Persian Gulf and greater South Asian region.

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Khosrow B. Semnani, scientist and one of the most experienced and credible authorities on chemical and nuclear disposal, makes another point – photo Russ Imrie


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l. to r. Haleh Esfandiari (Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson Center), Khosrow B. Semnani (Author, “The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble”), Robert Litwak (Vice President for Scholars and Director, International Security Studies, Woodrow Wilson Centr), Barbara Siavin (Moderator, Senior Fellow, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council) – photo Russ Imrie

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Niagara Falls Flat on warning ubiquitous US network clients

Again, a huge leaky computer security flaw in a system widely deployed around the world has US authorities playing catch-up.

Russ Imrie – July 14, 2012 from the Washington Post

Breaches of important computer systems are commonplace and dangerous. Newly discovered vulnerabilities need to be promptly recoded and repaired and all users need to have that software patch deployed immediately. This before malignant code or unauthorized users gain administrative privileges in and control of a computer system.There is no excuse, other than saving face, for a systems vendor to delay alerting users their software and thus their safe and profitable operations are at risk.

The STUXNET malware that attacked Iran‘s centrifuges exploited a vulnerability in Windows systems and infected machine controls. Now, another system, the Niagara Framework by Tridium has security types scrambling to patch security holes and unsecured critical control systems worldwide and to find out why Tridium (a Honeywell subsidiary) did not alert users a year ago when it [security hole] was brought to their attention by a user who discovered anomolies.

Niagra literature touts applications that can…

Remotely monitor your equipment and analyze performance. Operators can respond to alarms, schedule maintenance, adjust control parameters and alter operating schedules using a PC web browser or handheld wireless device. Managing a remote customer site has never been easier.

Test attacks have proven that Niagara systems can be broken into and control taken over. At last users are being alerted about some quick fixes to reduce vulnerability but is it too late?

Affected systems – from WAPO

As you can see in this partial screen capture of the Washington Post’s graphic listing of affected systems, a comprehensive range of critical devices are at risk if the vulnerabilities are used to gain control with malicious intent.