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Friday, September 27, 2013

Now a Video Documents Near-Nuclear Disaster in 1961

I've covered the new book on nuclear weapons accidents in the U.S. by Eric Schlosser, and then the release of a document, via The Guardian, proving how close we really came--very--to a detonation in North Carolina in 1961 that could have killed millions on the East Coast.   Now The Guardian, also via Schlosser, posts an "official" video that documents the accident, along with this story.  Of course, the near-miss was kept hidden from Americans for years--and how close we came until this day.  Sclosser tells The Guardian that the significance of the video was that it "conclusively establishes that the Sandia weapons lab itself was concerned about the risk of accidental detonation. Their own experts said that disaster was prevented by a single switch that they knew to be defective." See my book and ebook  Atomic Cover-up.

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