Things go missing. It’s to be expected. Even at the Pentagon. Last October, the Pentagon’s inspector general reported that the military’s accountants had misplaced a destroyer, several tanks and armored personnel carriers, hundreds of machine guns, rounds of ammo, grenade launchers and some surface-to-air missiles. In all, nearly $8 billion in weapons were AWOL. Those anomalies are bad enough. But what’s truly chilling is the fact that the Pentagon has lost track of the mother of all weapons, a hydrogen bomb. The thermonuclear weapon, designed to incinerate Moscow, has been sitting somewhere off the coast of Savannah, Georgia for the past 40 years. The Air Force has gone to greater lengths to conceal the mishap than to locate the bomb and secure it.
MOTHER OF ALL WEAPONS
by Jeffrey St. Clair
Note for WoP readers: As I mentioned in an earlier note, the US media day and night, cry wolf over possibility of Pakistani nukes falling into the hands of extremists (like al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Mujahideen or Islamic insurgents, the terminology mostly used for yesterday’s friends of the United States called the enemies today). In spite of the fact that the Pakistani nukes are being kept under a strict command and control authority, which amongst other things ensures not even a bit of information is leaked out, or equipment or its component being “taken hold of” as our American friends maintain, the strict codification, does not allow any misuse of such equipment by unauthorized or unwanted elements. These are the steps which every nuclear state takes and take it must. Nuclear equipments are no ordinary toys to be played with by every Tom, Dick and Harry as and when one may wish.
Seen in this context, it should be interesting that the country making such a big blah blah about our nukes under danger has herself lost many of its nuclear “things” including the world’s deadliest weapon, the hydrogen bomb which happened as late as in 1958. Being a matter of highly serious import the fact was a closely guarded secret. After declassification of the secret documents, the case has now come on the surface.
Jeffrey St. Clair of Counterpunch details this story. Not a Sci-fiction, but a real life sory of atomic weapons having gone lost in the Savannah River in Georgia, USA. Nobody knows what may happen to these monsters of destruction i.e. will they remain dormant or completely dead or one day may detonate cusing damage of immense proportions!! [Nayyar] (more…)