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The GAO's Nuke Smugglin'

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) testified today (pdf) on its undercover investigation where it smuggled radioactive materials, suitable for making dirty bombs, across the border.  The good news: the radiation portals detected the material the investigators were trying to smuggle.  The bad: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents "never questioned the authenticity of the investigators� counterfeit bill of lading or the counterfeit NRC document authorizing them to receive, acquire, possess, and transfer radioactive sources."

This made the news in March when the GAO published its original report on this investigation.  Unlike the vast majority of GAO reports, this report is not available electronically at  You have to order a hard copy.  However, you can view today's written testimony online (pdf).

By: Nick Schwellenbach
Director of Investigations, POGO

Nick Schwellenbach Nick Schwellenbach's areas of expertise include: Government Oversight, Wasteful Contractor Spending, Open Government, Financial Sector, Whistleblower Issues.

Authors: Nick Schwellenbach

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