Category Archives: Nuke

On This Day — Able Archer 1983 : The Brink of Apocalypse (November 7-11, 1983) [2019]

“Information about the peculiar and remarkably skewed frame of mind of the Soviet leaders during those times that has emerged since the collapse of the Soviet Union makes me think there is a good chance—with all of the other events … Continue reading

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On This Day — US Detonates First Thermonuclear Weapon (November 1, 1952) [2019]

“It’s a boy.” Telegram from Ed Teller to Dr. Elizabeth “Diz” Graves “The island of Elugelab is missing.” Gordon Dean — Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission summarizing the events to President Eisenhower “I made one great mistake in my … Continue reading

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80 Years Ago — Einstein Letter to Franklin Roosevelt (October 11 1939) [Manhattan Project]

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” “The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking…the solution to this problem … Continue reading

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40 Years Ago — The VELA Incident (September 22 1979)

“We had operational successes, most importantly regarding Pretoria’s nuclear capability. My sources collectively provided incontrovertible evidence that the apartheid government had in fact tested a nuclear bomb in the South Atlantic in 1979, and that they had developed a delivery … Continue reading

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Three Years Ago — Dr A. Q. Khan : The Bomb, the Swiss and the CIA

“If you put the [A. Q. Kahn] puzzle together, you get the whole picture.”  Swiss magistrate Andreas Müller “If the Swiss can safeguard billions in hundreds of thousands of numbered accounts, they can guard a few CDs. The destruction of the documents … Continue reading

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On This Day — France Becomes 5th Thermo-Nuclear Power [Canopus Test] (August 24 1968) [2019]

“I returned to civilization shortly after that and went to Cornell to teach, and my first impression was a very strange one. (…) I sat in a restaurant in New York, for example, and I looked out at the buildings and … Continue reading

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On This Day — Remembering Hiroshima (August 6 1945)

“I returned to civilization shortly after that and went to Cornell to teach, and my first impression was a very strange one. (…) I sat in a restaurant in New York, for example, and I looked out at the buildings and … Continue reading

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On This Day — US Detonates First Nuclear Weapon (July 16 1945)

“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that … Continue reading

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Two Years Ago — The True Story of Dr A. Q. Khan’s Nuclear Black Market

“Our accomplishments generally remain classified, but a few special ones are known to the world.” CIA Director Mike Pompeo (April 13 2017) “I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. It’s – it was like – we … Continue reading

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On This Day — American B-47 Drops Nuke on South Carolina Family Home (March 11 1958)

“In the history of terrible mistakes, accidentally dropping a nuclear bomb on your own country has to rank pretty damn high. That’s exactly what happened when a really, really stupid accident resulted in America tossing an atom bomb on rural … Continue reading

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