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“You have shown yourself to have no respect for life, liberty or any civilized value. You have shown yourself to be unworthy of your office, to be unworthy of the trust of civilized men and women,” Litvinenko said in the statement.

You may succeed in silencing one man but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr. Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life,” Goldfarb read.

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Someone wanted Mr. Litvinenko dead, very dead. Someone wanted Litvinenko to stop investigating the murder of Putin critic Anna Politkovskaya. Litvinenko had his suspicions, directing his last words to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A highly radioactive material called Polonium 210 was found in the body of dead ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, Sky News reported Friday, as London investigators searched for residual radioactive material in a variety of locations including Litvinenko’s house.

Health Protection Agency chief executive, Pat Troop, said that the high level indicated “he would either have to eaten it, inhaled it or taken it in through a wound.”

“We know he had a major dose,” she said.

“I’ve been in radiation sciences for 30-odd years and I’m not aware of any such incident,” said Roger Cox, director of the agency’s center for radiation, chemicals and environmental hazards.

Litvinenko accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of poisoning him in a statement prepared before his death Thursday that was read aloud Friday by a friend outside the hospital in which he died.

In his first statement on illness and death of the spy, Putin brushed off the accusation, saying that the Alexander Litvinenko’s death was a tragedy but that he didn’t see proof that it was a “violent death.”

“It’s extremely regrettable that such a tragic event as death is being used for political provocations,” he said. “I think our British colleagues realize the measure of their responsibility for security of citizens living on their territory, including Russian citizens, no matter what their political views are. I hope that they won’t help fanning political scandals which have no grounds

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No proof it was a violent death? The understatement of the year. Vladimir Putin’s response was cold, evasive and very curious.

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Polonium, also called “Radium F” is an element discovered by Maria SkÅ‚odowska-Curie and her husband Pierre.

Polonium is a highly radioactive and toxic element and is dangerous to handle. Even in milligram or microgram amounts, handling polonium-210 is very dangerous and requires special equipment used with strict procedures. Direct damage occurs from energy absorption into tissues from alpha particles.

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Our cat, Sabby was treated five weeks ago at the Regional Feline Radio-Iodine Center for a thyroid tumor. He just recently came out of quarantine. He stayed at the Radio-Iodine clinic for a week, then spent two weeks in isolation at our home in an empty bathroom we had prepared for him. We had very specific directions from the clinic for Sabby’s care and had to treat his urine, feces and saliva as if they were wet paint….we were warned not to get any of it on ourselves or our clothing.

We had to use exam gloves and put all of the detritus of the two week house quarantine into a metal can for 90 days. If we should attempt to discard the waste before the ninety day period is over it would set off alarms at the landfill and we would be subject to a major fine. Of course we are being very careful.

We were also warned not to use bleach when cleaning the room where Sabby stayed as bleach is an agent which will release the radiation into the air. I’m wondering what the effects bleach on polonium-210 would have?

The above steps are based on the fact that tiny amounts of I-131 radio-iodine will be in the cat’s urine, feces, and saliva during this 14 day quarantine period. Therefore, we had to be very careful and use a fresh set of exam gloves each time we entered into his room. We had to keep Sabby at arms length. All went well and the careful steps we took should have taken care of any Beta radiation issues. Everything in the room with Sabby went into the ninety day metal can which has a radioactive warning sticker on it.

I-131 also emits gamma radation. But by the time Sabby’s 14 day quarantine period was over the levels were to be significantly reduced. We didn’t have any children under 18 or pregnant or nursing mothers over our house during that period.

If we had to go to such lengths to handle our pet because of the radiation issues this must be a living nightmare for those who were near or around Alexander Litvinenko during the time period he was exposed to Polonium 210 and thereafter.

The thought that Polonium 210 was possibly in and around London, England or possibly in the United States is chilling.

John Hinderaker of Powerline writes…..

When we’re done worrying about Iran, we’d better start worrying about Russia.