Thursday, May 28, 2009
Faux Nuke Test - Divine Strake
Pentagon Fireworks Deferred: Divine Strake, Hellish Repercussions
Adding insult to injury, the Pentagon planned to blow up at the Nevada Test Site enough explosives to imitate a small nuclear weapon and send a huge mushroom cloud of unknown chemicals and possibly radioactive dirt upwind from American citizens who have lived downwind before. In the 50's and 60's, more than a hundred open air tests of atomic/nuclear weapons were conducted in Nevada and the whole nation got dosed with radioactive fallout. Subsequent "underground" tests leaked plenty more radioactive fallout. People in Utah got the worst of it and many also got sick and died. I described this in my first book, Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in the West. The latest test, designed to imitate a new class of "bunker-buster" nuke weapons the military wanted to create, was called off after considerable protest. The essay is still relevant even though the military seems to have surrendered its plan to make mini-nukes because it reveals a mindset that still exists and an infrastructure that still exists.
This one, as usual, appeared at topmdispatch.com and then went wide and far. This link is to a web site that republishes most of my essays.