It should never be this easy to obtain a licence for nuclear materials -- through a P.O. Box.
Undercover Congressional investigators set up a bogus company and obtained a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in March that would have allowed them to buy the radioactive materials needed for a so-called dirty bomb.
The undercover operation involved an application from a fake construction company, supposedly based in West Virginia, that the investigators had incorporated even though it had no offices, Internet site or employees. Its only asset was a postal box.
As Jill put it, "Yes, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will send you a license for nuclear material -- to a postal box. No confirmation or background check necessary. Aren't you glad that six years after 9/11, George W. Bush is on the case?"