Best analysts not only in the USA but all over the world are racking their brains now over the problem how to prevent acts of terrorism. It became evident soon after publications saying that the White House and US special services had been warned of the Sept.11 terrorism attacks. It is of no use now to debate whether it was possible to prevent terrorism attacks or not, some other problems are of greater importance now. For example, it is unbelievable that US special service officers were not smart enough to forecast further events on the basis of information at their disposal. They could have foreseen how and where possible terrorist attacks could be committed.
The US Government is evidently worried about this problem as well. Recently active work has been started as concerning reforming of special services and guarantee of security to scientists. In particular, a seminar of American and European seismologists is being held now in Washington. Scientists say, earthquake science may be an information source as concerning possible acts of terrorism.
It is believed, seismology can define a place where weak nuclear explosions may occur, because extremists need first to test explosive devices while preparing acts of terrorism.
Professor of the University of California John Vidale said, when two WTC towers in New York collapsed, seismologists registered shocks hundred times stronger than all previous earthquakes.
It should be specially stressed that scientists speak about possible weak nuclear explosions as about feasible things. People are not surprised at the possibility that some day terrorists may take hold of nuclear weapons, but at the same time everybody is scared with it. Indeed, everybody knows that nuclear explosions entail lamentable consequences. It is not clear yet if seismologists can be more effective than the FBI and CIA or other special services.
Vasily Bubnov PRAVDA.Ru
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Translated by Maria Gousseva
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