I'm sure elitist liberals all over the country are getting a chuckle from this story while they sip their $9 Starbucks double, half/half, de-caff lattes this morning, but they were the same people who, during the Clinton years, were chuckling at the idea that Al-Qaeda might successfully fly airplanes into national landmarks...
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - In an age of al-Qaida, sleeper cells and the threat of nuclear terrorism, Huntsville is dusting off its Cold War manual to create the nation's most ambitious fallout-shelter plan, featuring an abandoned mine big enough for 20,000 people to take cover underground.
Others would hunker down in college dorms, churches, libraries and research halls that planners hope will bring the community's shelter capacity to 300,000, or space for every man, woman and child in Huntsville and the surrounding county.
Emergency planners in Huntsville - an out-of-the-way city best known as the home of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center - say the idea makes sense because radioactive fallout could be scattered for hundreds of miles if terrorists detonated a nuclear bomb.
I don't think this is a bad idea. I'm not sure pouring millions of tax dollars into new construction is money well-spent but if they can make existing shelters operational, why not? We know the terrorists will eventually get a nuclear weapon of some sort. It's not a matter of if, but of when. The guy is right too, Huntsville might not be the target but fallout will involve thousands of downwind square miles.