Are you prepared for a mushroom cloud over a major American city? It is hard to imagine how it is possible to protect our own people, as the world spins out of control. The talk that a home made dirty nuke is a real possibility, deflects the prospects that a smart briefcase bomb is in the loop. Fear is a natural response to the unthinkable. However, as long as a culture of refusal persists, the risks continue to escalate.