Where is the NYSE Safe from Nuclear Attack? – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Where is the NYSE Safe from Nuclear Attack?

The New York Stock Exchange may look outside New York City for a location to build a second trading floor that could continue operating after a nuclear attack. A trading floor outside the city would almost certainly be safe from any attack terrorists could launch, said Steven Lee, professor of philosophy. “I'm surprised you have to go outside Manhattan,” he said. “It seems to me there's no expectation that if a terrorist gets a weapon it could be large enough to do damage at that level.” A dirty bomb, he said, probably would not be strong enough to knock down a high-rise building and poses little radiation danger. Lee was quoted in the September 14 Journal News story “Stock exchange weighs nuclear attack safeguards”.

Lee also had a letter to the editor published in the Sept. 14 New York Times. Regarding the article “Bush Presses U.N. to Act Quickly on Disarming Iraq” (front page, Sept. 13), Lee wrote, “President Bush, in his speech to the United Nations, has finally presented his much-anticipated case for the use of force to remove Saddam Hussein. But the case has yet to be made. … What is needed is a discussion of the effects that such a policy would have on the war on terrorism, on Middle East stability, on the fate of a post-Hussein Iraq, and so forth.”