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R u t g e r s Mo d e l C o n g r e s s 15 transparency between nations and advocates involvement of other organizations, like the IAEA. 66 Conclusion Nuclear proliferation threatens the security of the United States. While the threat of nuclear terrorism has always been a national security concern, it did not gain notoriety until the 11 September attacks. This showed that the United States was vulnerable to terrorist attacks. The weakness in nuclear security in developing states as well as in Russia makes the scenario of tactical nuclear material falling into terrorist hands highly plausible. Congress needs to find a solution to the threat of nuclear terrorism in order to ensure the safety of U.S. citizens at home and abroad. 66 Ibid.

R u t g e r s Mo d e l C o n g r e s s 16 Discussion Questions • Were a nuclear attack to occur in the U.S, what would the consequences be? • What are possible causes that would allow nuclear terrorism to occur? • Have U.S. security measures been effective against nuclear terrorism? Why or why not? • Can personal rights and freedoms be sufficiently balanced with nuclear security concerns? • How active of a role should the U.S. play in enforcing nuclear security in foreign states? • What is your state/party’s position on measures meant to deter terrorism? • What are possible solutions to nuclear terrorism? • Would it be proper to suspend the Posse Commitatus Act in order to allow greater flexibility from the military?

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