Citizens to Stop Nuclear Terrorism


We are actively campaigning to educate elected officials and the public about the nature of the threat of nuclear terrorism and steps that must be taken to ensure that terrorists bent on staging a devastating nuclear 9/11 against the United States never can carry out their plans.


  1. Contact elected officials
  2. Write a letter to the editor


The Surprising Science of Nuclear Terrorism:


Nuclear terrorism is "the single biggest threat to U.S. security, both short-term, medium-term and long-term. This is something that could change the security landscape of this country and around the world for years to come." ... "If there ever was a detonation in New York City or London or Johannesburg, the ramifications economically, politically and from a security perspective would be devastating."

-President Barack Obama


"...There exists out there a clear and present threat not only to our security but to our entire way of life. The threat is that of nuclear terrorism and we need to ask today questions that the public would ask the day after an attack. How could this be possible? How could it be allowed to happen? What could have been done to prevent it?

"A nuclear attack as an act of terrorist aggression would make 9/11 look like the most innocent of dress rehearsals. The danger is clear and present and potentially cataclysmic. We have been warned. It is time to wake up."

- Dr. Liam Fox, Conservative Party Member of Parliament, UK


"That a small group of stateless terrorists could destroy New York or Washington with a black market nuclear bomb epitomizes just how much the world has changed – and how urgent it is that we lead other nations with a comprehensive global plan to lock down all of the world's fissionable material. Quickly. Before terrorists get their hands on a nuclear bomb."

- New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson



If 9/11 proved anything to America, it's that the terrorists mean it. But the lesson has not yet been learned fully.

It's dangerous for Americans to assume that nuclear weapons and materials around the world are secured in vaults, guarded day and night, beyond the reach of those who would use them without conscience or fear of death. They are not.

The mission of Citizens to Stop Nuclear Terrorism is to ensure that nuclear weapons and nuclear materials worldwide are locked away safely. CSNT is working diligently to raise public awareness of the threat of a nuclear 9/11 in conjunction with business leaders nationwide and members of Congress to take steps to prevent the unthinkable. The United States, the target of history's most devastating terrorist attack, must do whatever is necessary to avert a catastrophe that doesn't have to happen.

It is the business of business leaders to stay in business. They can and should be at the forefront of efforts to ensure that safeguards are put in place so that the United States is protected against those who are willing to give up their lives to destroy what Americans have created. Business leaders can rally their representatives in Congress to support the Obama administration’s goal “to secure all vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years.”   

"Nuclear terrorism remains a real and urgent danger," said a report prepared by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, "Securing the Bomb 2007." "Terrorists are actively seeking nuclear weapons and the materials to make them. With enough plutonium or highly enriched uranium (HEU), a sophisticated and well-organized terrorist group could potentially make at least a crude nuclear bomb that could incinerate the heart of any major city."

CSNT embraces that report's chief recommendations to thwart a nuclear terrorist strike against the United States or its allies, namely:

  • A U.S.-led global campaign "to lock down every nuclear weapon and every significant cache of potential nuclear bomb material worldwide" as rapidly as possible.
  • Create effective nuclear security standards worldwide.
  • Remove weapons-usable material from the world's most vulnerable sites as rapidly as possible.

The 9/11 terrorists didn't have access to nuclear materials. Others might, unless the world acts now to lock them down.


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South Korea seeks to boost its role in the anti-WMD campaign

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Vietnam prohibits illicit sales, transfers, purchases or possession of nuclear materials

Former Sen. Sam Nunn warns of nuclear terrorism threat on The Colbert Report

Senior U.S. official says federal government must focus more on WMD response

U.S. lab reveals nuclear response capabilities to help countries thwart terrorism

IAEA is assessing claim that Myanmar is establishing a nuclear weapons program

U.S., European Union adopt counterterrorism declaration

U.S., Russia discuss procedures to guard nuclear sites

Justice Department says WMD readiness must be improved around Washington, D.C.

Russia says terrorists seeking nuclear materials

Op-Ed: Don't gamble with America's future

Report: Total of operational nuclear weapons in eight nations dips from previous year

Report: Justice Department unprepared to safeguard public after a WMD terrorist strike

Former 9/11 commission chief says intelligence gaps leave U.S. vulnerable to terrorism

Getting the right budget for "loose nukes:" Part I

Nuclear terror drill held in Los Angeles

Britain investigating company suspected of supplying Iran with "dirty bomb" material

The nuclear security summit: Highlights of commitments from different countries

Video: World leaders pledge to act against nuclear terrorism

Testimony: "Nuclear terrorism is one of the most challenging threats to global security"

The nuclear security summit: Achievements and agenda for action

Report: Concerns about terrorism expressed at nuclear security summit

Expert warns that nuclear waste in Australia could be a terrorist target

FBI chief says Al-Qaida still pursuing WMD, posing a "serious threat" to U.S.

Analysis: Funding the fight against nuclear terrorism

Op-Ed: Facing the nuclear terrorism threat

Leaders of key Congress panel doubt if four-year goal to secure nuke weapons can be met

Preliminary analysis of FY11 funding request for international WMD security programs

Russia says Mexico will join global nuclear counterterrorism group

Homeland Security Department scales back development of new radiation detectors

Obama administration may accelerate disassembly of older nuclear weapons

Obama administration considers new nuclear weapons strategy

More money, leadership needed to fulfill pledge to secure nuclear materials in four years

Three former Soviet strategic nuclear warheads dismantled under Nunn-Lugar initiative

Main U.S. counterterrorism center hit by flawed staffing, internal cultural clashes

U.S., Slovakia train to prevent illicit trafficking of weapons-grade nuclear materials

Opinion: Three steps to reducing nuclear terrorism

Biden disputes Cheney's assertions that nuclear terrorism is a likely threat to the U.S.

Pentagon might shift command responsibility for combating WMD spread

Controlling the nuclear threat must be a top priority

Clinton fears terrorists with weapons of mass destruction

Book says British intelligence believes terrorists seeking weapons of mass destruction

U.S. experts urge Obama administration to accelerate securing fissile materials

Iran signals willingness to send low-enriched uranium to France, Russia for refinement

U.S. deploys radiation to detectors to ports in Israel, Malaysia, Portugal and Taiwan

Nuclear material moved from Livermore Lab to five more secure government sites

U.S., Russia hold nuclear security talks, tour nuclear facility

Nine more nuclear-capable missiles eliminated under Nunn-Lugar program

Reactors in Wisconsin and Idaho stop using highly enriched uranium

U.N. Security Council adopts resolution securing all nuclear materials within four years

U.N. Security Council Resolution 1887

Russia completes 75 percent of its conversion of highly enriched uranium

Op-ed: Allow interdiction of ships suspected of carrying nuclear materials

How U.S. removed 24 nuclear bombs worth of highly enriched uranium from Kazakhstan

GAO warns of lax security at some foreign research reactors

GAO report: FEMA has not issued recovery plans in case of radiological, nuclear attack

Iceland, Morocco sign on in support of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism

U.S. intelligence community sets WMD priorities for the next four years

Russian-made highly enriched uranium removed from Hungarian reactor

U.S., Poland sign nuclear security agreement

Paper: The Armageddon Test

Report: An update on funding for control nuclear weapons and materials

Report: World at risk

Obama administration plans to appoint White House nuclear terror czar

Officials warn that Homeland Security in disarray

Report calls nuclear terrorism a serious risk