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How to Hide Nuke Weapon Use

Or, the Military’s “Usable” Nukes

(San Francisco) – The US shocked the world in August, 1945 by detonating B-29 Superfortress bomber delivered Atomic Bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, killing more than 200,000 people.

B-29 Enola Gay Crew Dropped 1st A Bomb.

It was not the number of people killed that shocked the world; the fire bombing of Dresden, Germany killed more 600,000 civilians. Not that, it was the fact the US wiped out or vaporized much of each city with only one bomb each. Then, never looking back, the US embarked on building even bigger and more lethal nukes.

A few years later, the idea was that there were no limits to the size of a thermonuclear weapon. That is true from a certain isolated, very focused point of view. The US detonated an H-Bomb three stories tall in the nuke operation named Castle Bravo at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands in the South Pacific on March 4th, 1954.

Ed Teller, the Director of the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, claimed the actual 15 megatons was the result of a “mistake” in a calculation. It was supposed to be 4 to 5 Megatons, so he said.  Yea, sure, just a colossal Oooops. Tell the irradiated Marshall Islanders that. A member of Jim Conant’s overseeing Radiological Warfare (RW) Committee probably let the cat out of the bag when he said of the Marshall Islanders “they’re better [subjects] than lab rats.”

It was up to one of the employees of the DOD Empire, Carl Sagan, who worked (for them) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to bring the Joint Chiefs of Staff back to war fighting and out of the unknowing planet destruction business. He was a star power celebrity and famously coined the memorable phrase “billions and billions of stars” to describe our Milky Way Solar System and the Universe.

Sagan was uniquely positioned to dictate operational nuclear policy. As Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory he set up real time experiments on another planet. He was one of the few people on Earth able to do so. Sagan discovered that sunlight was blocked and temperatures plummeted on Mars from planet wide dust storms.

Sagan made it exceedingly simple. The big nukes punch through to the Stratosphere with radioactive uranium products, radioactive dust, soot and smoke from the nuclear exchanges’ “raging” fires. Within hours, the dust is blown around the planet and stays up for years. In short, the big megaton nukes equivalent to Millions of Tons of TNT the Chiefs had lavished money on could not be used because the big bombs would create a “nuclear winter lasting years.” Sagan said it would destroy life on earth. The Chiefs agreed.

It meant ice a hundred feet thick in Kansas in the middle of the summer. Sagan pointed out that billions of people would starve to death without the North American and Ukraine wheat and corn crops. Turns out the Joint Chiefs most assuredly wanted to survive any war, including a nuclear one. Sagan was the smartest guy in the room. The big nukes were out and more “usable” little nukes were in. Pretty much just like that.

The Chiefs Quick March Towards “Usable” Nukes

Little boy nuke dropped by enola gay

Soon it was apparent there was another advantage of small, even very small nukes – they cannot be detected by Seismographs. Ordinarily, detonation of a big nuclear weapon is like ringing a bell to a Seismograph.  Seismographs are associated with Earthquakes and the Richter Scale for measuring the energy released by an Earthquake. A nuclear weapon hits the earth like a hammer blow and “rings” the earth’s crust and mantle just like it is a big bell. Nuclear weapons smaller than a few tons of TNT cannot be detected by Seismographs.

Very few events are big enough to actually “ring the bell.” They include earthquakes, big nuclear weapons and demolishing really big buildings. Such occurrences are just like ringing a bell and a record is kept around the world.

The web site of the United States Geological Survey displays Earthquakes, Nuclear Detonations and Big Building Demolitions world wide at a glance. Click here for the version provided weather forecasters and segments of TV news shows all over the world. Map Display here or Select the Earthquake icon, second from the right.

Then Zoom out from Berkeley, California to the world view. That is all the big “ring your bell” shots the Earth has had today. The records are kept at thousands of locations world wide. Thousands of people, maybe millions through the miracle of television, see it every day. As Albert Einstein famously said “There are no secrets.”

Two or more seismographs can be used to exactly pinpoint the location and depth of an earthquake, bigger nuclear weapons or big demolitions anywhere on earth. US politicians and military leaders did not want nuclear weapons use detected by troublesome foreigners.

A very small nuke bomb is smaller than some conventional US Bombs. The GBU-28 is a 5,000 lb uranium ballast bomb. The “Daisy Cutter” BLU-82 is a 15,000 lb conventional bomb. The BLU120/B MOAB or “Mother of All Bombs” is a 22,600 lb conventional bomb. Any of these bombs are easily as large as or larger than very small nuclear weapons. “Dial-A-Yield” nuclear weapons have been in the Nuclear Arsenal inventory since the 1960s. This is not a new thought.

What about the Bombs Radiation?

The type, persistence and lethality of the radiation depends entirely on the generation of the weapon. The US is well into 4th Generation nuke weapons now. All reactors are old style nukes.

Nuke reactors are nothing more than dirty Atomic Bomb explosions slowed down from milliseconds to many years. Reactors all leak radiation; and they all leak all the time. There is no such thing as “Perfect Containment” of nuke reactors; that is a PR fantasy from Psycho Land. Anyone who tells you that is either lying to you, misled and ignorant or Brutally Stupid.

If you live within a 100 miles, or 160 km, of an atomic reactor, you owe it to yourself and your children to move “out of range” of the deadly leaking radiation. Stay put at your own risk. Many people on the US East Coast live within a 200 mile range of 20 or more nuclear power stations.

Atomic Bombs and nuclear power stations both produce more than 1,400 deadly radioactive isotopes that are arranged proportionally along a highly identifiable “butterfly curve.” Identify one isotope, like Strontium 90, and the amount; and, you can calculate the values for all the other poisonous radioactive isotopes. Where there is one, all 1,400 plus others are there too. It’s always the same, it always fits the curve.

Today’s very small, very powerful and efficient Fourth Generation US Nuclear Weapons are vastly different than the 10,000 lb “Gadgets” the US gambled would detonate over Japanese cities in 1945. These weapons are highly refined devices after more than 65 years of study, effort and the expenditure of trillions of dollars.

Indeed, the 104 aging nuclear power stations probably serve as cover for the enormously expensive US nuclear weapons program. Electric power “too cheap to meter” was the right propaganda prescription at the time. It was voiced by former General, then US President Dwight David Eisenhower. It sure enough worked in the 1950s.

Modern, very small, very powerful and efficient US Nuclear Weapons are meant to be used by American war fighters to kill, maim and sicken a whole lot of people efficiently and effectively; probably by an initial spray of deadly neutron and gamma radiation. These powerful and destructive weapons leave nothing behind as radiation except for a few Neutron Activation Products and dead or dying bodies behind. The dead bodies decompose or are disposed of according to local customs.

Neutron Activation Products are local “things” in the environment like plain old “dirt” that are hit by a passing high energy neutron, gamma ray or both. That and 52 radioactive, highly lethal elements that quickly fade and are hard to locate. These “things” soon lose their new found radioactivity. All that is left is the quiet and solitude of the grave. Why anyone would think the US Military does not commonly use all the war fighting tools available to them is a mystery to me. Of course they do.

As all world leaders now know if they have any sense at all, you don’t cross swords with the US and survive, unless you are “supposed to” and that is a part of your “rogue state” franchise. What has happened to Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan from a 20 year long undeclared nuclear war can just as easily happen to their country, too.

Only the currently disengaged, brain dead, beguiled, and misled Americans can take on the only remaining Super Power; and, that’s not happening anytime soon. It really is up to Americans. Period. We are far more powerful than we even realize, so we need to get this show on the road.

If you agree, as the saying goes “tell a neighbor” and send this article to someone you know with a note saying “Let’s talk about this stuff. Something’s definitely not right.”

Related Articles.

“US War Plan: Talk about Thermonuclear Bombs But Use little Nuclear Munitions,” Bob Nichols, May 13, 2010, Veterans Today.

Sources and Notes.

United States Geological Survey, “Seismograph Tracings: Earthquakes, Nuclear Detonations, Big Building Demolitions, or Big Stuff hitting the Ground”  2-21-201, Bob Nichols.
“The Myth of Perfect Containment,” Dr. John Gofman, former Medical Director, The Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab.

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23 Responses to "How to Hide Nuke Weapon Use"

  1. Republican Guard  March 2, 2011 at 10:59 am

    In April 2003 the Republican Guard retreated to Baghdad with most Divisions at 80% strength and 800-900 tanks. They realised the significance of the airport – required for air dominance to take the capital, the capital required to take the country. They laid a trap at the airport, Fedayeen martyrs would give it with a small fight.

    After this the Special Republican Guard exploited a large underground highway system linking the airport to the city and attacked the US Forces at the airport, overwhelming them. This was largely fought in an underground complex beneath the airport (Nuke proof and on massive springs). A neautron bomb was deployed, I’ve heard up to four. Killing everything down to the trees.

    The airport was sealed off for months, the topsoil ferried into the desert and replaced. In all, the stated US losses are unbelievable for taking Baghdad – less than that of Mogadishu despite several armored divisions awaiting them.

  2. J Gilbert  February 28, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Ironically, poison gas invented by chemist Fritz Haber (a German Jew) and used during WWI. Hitler was blinded and almost killed by poison gas during WWI. Then it was later used By Hitler against the Jews during WWII (Holocaust). During WWII weren’t many Jews involved in the physics of making the atomic bomb such as Oppenheimer, Einstein, etc? It appears now that some want to use such weapons to destroy Israel and Jews in a WWIII. Does history try to repeat itself by turning the weapons invented by some smart Jews on their very own people? Beware of what one invents because it can be used against oneself or one’s people. This also includes the NT.

  3. Dave Ambleton  February 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Dirty little secrets – the hidden, awkward origins of WW2…

    The unexpected views of four key diplomats who were close to events:

    · Joseph P. Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Britain during the years immediately preceding WW2 was the father of the famous American Kennedy dynasty. James Forrestal the first US Secretary of Defense (1947-1949) quotes him as saying “Chamberlain (the British Prime Minister) stated that America and the world Jews had forced England into the war”. (The Forrestal Diaries ed. Millis, Cassell 1952 p129).

    · Count Jerzy Potocki, the Polish Ambassador in Washington, in a report to the Polish Foreign Office in January 1939, is quoted approvingly by the highly respected British military historian Major-General JFC Fuller. Concerning public opinion in America he says “Above all, propaganda here is entirely in Jewish hands…when bearing public ignorance in mind, their propaganda is so effective that people have no real knowledge of the true state of affairs in Europe… It is interesting to observe that in this carefully thought-out campaign… no reference at all is made to Soviet Russia. If that country is mentioned, it is referred to in a friendly manner and people are given the impression that Soviet Russia is part of the democratic group of countries… Jewry was able not only to establish a dangerous centre in the New World for the dissemination of hatred and enmity, but it also succeeded in dividing the world into two warlike camps…President Roosevelt has been given the power.. to create huge reserves in armaments for a future war which the Jews are deliberately heading for.” (Fuller, JFC: The Decisive Battles of the Western World vol 3 pp 372-374.)

    · Hugh Wilson, the American Ambassador in Berlin until 1938, the year before the war broke out, found anti-Semitism in Germany ‘understandable’. This was because before the advent of the Nazis, “the stage, the press, medicine and law [were] crowded with Jews…among the few with money to splurge, a high proportion [were] Jews…the leaders of the Bolshevist movement in Russia, a movement desperately feared in Germany, were Jews. One could feel the spreading resentment and hatred.” (Hugh Wilson: Diplomat between the Wars, Longmans 1941, quoted in Leonard Mosley, Lindbergh, Hodder 1976).

    · Sir Nevile Henderson, British Ambassador in Berlin ‘said further that the hostile attitude in Great Britain was the work of Jews and enemies of the Nazis, which was what Hitler thought himself’ (Taylor, AJP: The Origins of the Second World War Penguin 1965, 1987 etc p 324).

  4. Dave Ambleton  February 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 1945, took place in spite of the fact that Japan had signaled her willingness to capitulate some weeks previously (Robert Junck “Brighter than a Thousand Suns” (1958) pp. 189-191, Martin J Sherwin “A World Destroyed” (1975) pp. 235-237).

    To summarize the sequence of the important dates concerning the atomic bombing:

    Mid-July 1945: Japanese government communicates to US government their willingness to negotiate capitulation;
    August 6 1945: US drops atom bomb on Hiroshima;
    August 8 1945: US signs the ‘London Charter’, or Charter of the International Military Tribunal defining war crimes, including Principle 6 (b) ‘wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.’
    August 9 1945: US drops atom bomb on Nagasaki.
    With reference to the atomic bomb, Admiral William Leahy – Chief of Staff to both Roosevelt and Truman – commented, ‘My own feeling was that, in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Age. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.’ (Liddell Hart, “History of the Second World War” (1970) p725-6, JFC Fuller, “The Decisive Battles of the Western World”, 1792-1945 (1970) p584).

    These bombs and the Japanese offer to negotiate surrender have been ‘hidden’ from public view by the controlled media and political system, so the Japanese have been obliged to handle the US ‘by other means’, using Toyota and Honda against Ford, Chrysler and GM, etc etc

  5. Eochaidh MacDhalaigh OghaChruithne  February 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Because the U.S. and its allies are moving missiles or anti-missile weapons systems up to Russia’s border on the West, Russia seems to be America’s ultimate target in the Cold War that didn’t end with the fall of the Soviet Union. I’m sure that Russia is preparing for the U.S. using small nukes in regions next to its border. Russia’s response to an American attack on Iran should be very interesting. Also, during the official Cold War, Mexico was the Soviet Union’s base of operations in the Western hemispere. The Russians surely are still involved in Mexico and its current unrest. If the U.S. goes nuclear near Russia’s borders, there will probably be a response involving Mexico. Why would the Russians throw away their assets on America’s border, considering America’s march toward the Russian motherland?

  6. patrick sullivan  February 24, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    By Francis Harris,,
    5 April 2005
    West`s submarine nuclear warheads flawed, say scientists

    British and American nuclear warheads carried by submarines are so poorly designed that they may fail to detonate if fired, scientists have said.

    The news emerged after interviews with a group of American scientists with ties to the Los Alamos nuclear research facility, where the first atomic weapon was manufactured.

    One of them, Richard Morse, of the University of Arizona and a former Los Alamos weapons designer, said the casing of the W76 nuclear warhead was so thin that it would probably fail if used. The British Trident warhead, the country`s sole nuclear weapon, is based on the W76.

    Mr Morse said: “What is out there on those boats is at best unreliable and probably much worse.”

    The claims have been vigorously denied by US officials, who say that the warhead “looks like a pretty good weapon”. They say the warheads have not been tested for 13 years because of the global moratorium on the testing of nuclear weapons but were successfully detonated before then.

    Everet Beckner, the head of the nuclear arsenal at Los Alamos, said there were no plans to redesign the W76 but admitted to the New York Times that that could change.

    The story emerged after what was described as “acrimonious” exchanges between worried scientists and the leadership of America`s nuclear weapons programme.

    That led four scientists, three of them former Los Alamos employees and one still working there, to seek a secret meeting with weapons officials to discuss their fears.

    They met in March last year. Dr Morse said: “It was a verbal mud-wrestling match. Officials from Los Alamos and the government would not be candid with us. We told them things they did not know.”

    The issue is of central importance despite the end of the Cold War. Countries such as North Korea and Iran are pursuing nuclear programmes that Washington believes have a military goal. Both have active and ambitious long-range missile programmes.

    Britain`s nuclear weaponry, thought to number about 190 warheads, is carried exclusively aboard the four Trident submarines, Vanguard, Vigilant, Vengeance and Victorious.

    While America still has air-launched nuclear weaponry, it too has become more dependent on its submarine missiles. Dr Morse said the growing reliance on submarine weaponry had revived his long-standing worries about the casings of the W76.

    During the 1970s there was pressure to make warheads as light as possible to allow more to be fitted on top of a relatively thin missile. Although the radiation casing was made of uranium, which is double the weight of lead, it was to be super-thin – in places only as thick as a beer tin.

    The casing is critical because it has to hold together for nanoseconds as the nuclear chain reaction begins, releasing temperatures hotter than the surface of the Sun. If the case fails, the bomb can fail too or explode with less than its intended force.

  7. T Maestro  February 24, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Here is a link ‘3 video’s’ New America Foundation revealing the science revolved around the military, weapons, bio science technologies across the board and via the elite in the fields. I think this this something you can work with Mr. Nichols ‘regeneration at the sub atomic levels’ for the DU breeds at such levels and must be tackled at the root; for mass regeneration at low cost.

    Thank you for your awesome works Sir…

  8. Pat Donnelly  February 24, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Another way is to detonate at sea, next to a mount. The debris and blast will create a massive tsunami.

    Remember Aceh? The Chinese General in charge of their military academy later declared that retaliation would follow any such tsunami on their coast!

    Where is that data on the underwater tests? One was Alaska in the 1950s.

  9. Jiggs  February 24, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Am I to understand that Sagan’s “real time” experiment NUKED Mars? Madness!

    • Tannaberton Abacrombie  February 24, 2011 at 8:21 am

      No he was smart enough to use it as a reference when goading though into the others.
      Sagan may have been wrong but the brass were scared enough not to take a chance.
      I believe weapons are developed enough to shock us all and wonder why the spirit of protest I saw in the 60’s is over.
      We don’t know what is going on in our name in the gulf or anywhere.
      Killing 4 at kent State was a start and the secrecy of Bush and his ilk keeps the news from coming out. “No pics please the dead need their dignity.”
      Probably why they keep reassigning people too tired to fight and the suicide rate is sky high. You don’t need nukes for suicide.
      I don’t like to deal in speculation but when the curtains are drawn and you are not at home you tend to wonder.

    • Bob Nichols  February 24, 2011 at 9:34 am


      No! No weapons went to Mars. None at all.

      What did happen on Mars was that there was a huge dust storm that blocked the light and heat of the Sun for a long time.
      He measured the Martian temperature drop that resulted

      Sagan figured out that the standard big nukes of the Russkies and the US would lift so much dust and fire smoke to the Stratosphere that the same thing would happen here.

      The stratosphere starts at approximately 10 kilometers (8-14.5 miles) and goes to approximately fifty kilometers high (about 30 miles).

      It acts like a huge umbrella. As a result, there is a catastrophic drop in the temperature and no more plants. We all die. The Joint Chiefs of Staff agreed and downsized the nukes. The rest is history.


  10. johng  February 24, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Thank you Bob and Dr. Nur for your work on this sibject. When Harry Truman was asked if he had any regrets for using the A bomb, he said “it was done in the defense of liberty”. Whenever you hear the words “liberty, democracy, and freedom” today, beware. And also, be even more aware if someone says we’re here to give you your freedom.

  11. anadianant  February 24, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Excellent article Bob and crazy, mind-bending comment by Dr. Nur.

    Every day, in little ways, the truth trickles out and we are exposed to bigger and bigger lies. Truly, the lie has become so humongous that instant cognitive dissonance ensues if you have not been taking it in slowly for a while. The rulers count on it.

    I found a big lie and much obfuscation around James trafficant’s 1993 speech on the floor of the house. What did he say? Were the records change? Why did CSPAN stop coverage?

    is the US really under a 70 plus year emergency?
    because if it is, then all this horror being carried out in the American People’s name are explained. They are not.
    In fact, if research is true, the American people are not even party to the constitution.

    Deeper and deeper.

    Iraq, Afghanistan, now Libya….the whole middle east….. crumbling dominoes, based on a house of cards based on a pack of lies.

    Boggles the mind…

  12. mallee  February 24, 2011 at 12:22 am

    A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945

  13. Bob Nichols  February 23, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you, Dr Nur, for that comment.


  14. DR.NUR  February 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I wrote this as a comment on another page on this topic:”The DU debate is a totally false debate as long as the issue of real nukes being used daily as micronukes by Israel and US and bigger nukes such as used in the Battle of Baghdad is not addressed (the 3000 US soldiers whose deaths were classified “secret” were nuked as “friendly fire”with the 20000 iraki national guard heros who blocked the airport passage. The US survivors have a blog at ). To me as a medical doctor the DU “sickness”in veterans shows al signs of regular alpha (for plutonium) radiation illness and they should wake up and sue for it as it is and stop believing the lies they have been fed. For more info go to Gordon Duff and JB-Campbell articles on former soviet-army nuclear intelligence expert Col. Dimitri Khalezov and read my links in comments there… It is time to shake the monster and wake up! Yes,you have been fighting to enrich the liar-criminals of the military-ziocon-plunder-murder-narcopetrol-talmudic-farce-and-fraud-complex! You’ve been had as a canon fodder!”.

    CAPTAIN ERIC MAY/BATTLE OF BAGHDAD:“My most certain and most radical conclusion is that the American Public has been lied-to about the reality of the Battle of Baghdad, which began with an Iraqi attack (as promised by Saddam) against the U.S. 3/7 Cavalry Squadron, the advance unit for the 3rd Infantry Division, on the morning of April 5, at the Baghdad airport. The battle lasted three days, and the media conveniently covered the Private Jessica hoax to keep from telling the public something sure to suppress its war lust: that hundreds of U.S. soldiers were dead.

    Since the Battle of Baghdad, there has been a concerted policy by Army public affairs and the media to suppress any reference to the battle, as well as a consistent effort to suppress the number of reported U.S. casualties.

    CAPTAIN ERIC MAY “..However, according to news sources overseas, including American military operatives and various investigators, all was not what it seemed at Baghdad Airport. They claim that the Battle of Baghdad was largely covered up as something the American public should not see, with U.S. news coverage instead focusing on a staged photo-op rescue of captive Private Jessica Lynch and later the pulling down of the Saddam Hussein statue, as symbolic of an easy victory.

    “The biggest story of the war became a non-event when the truth of the matter was that it was simply too bloody an event to report.” Captain Eric H. May, a former intelligence and public affairs officer in the military, was quoted.

    “The bogus rescue of Private Lynch was merely a distraction from the truth,” said May. “And the staged photo-op of the pulling down of Saddam Hussein’s statue was nothing more than a way to cement into people’s minds that it was an easy victory. But what about the hundreds of soldiers who gave their lives on the battlefield? Their story was not told. Theirs was the real truth of this segment of the war.

    The truth is that the battle started April 5, the night that Baghdad Bob said that they had counterattacked us at the Baghdad Airport and there was a sustained fight that went on for several hours. The best evidence from international sources, scientific sources, is that US position was becoming untenable at the Baghdad Airport and they used a neutron warhead, at least one. That is the big secret of Baghdad Airport.

    If one looks into international data, there are reportings of enhanced radiation of some livestock, and of human metabolic effects – death and disease. It explains why, after the Battle of Baghdad, we got fragmentary stories of things like truckloads of dirt being moved out and moved in. It made no particular sense at the time, until one puts it into perspective, as a decontamination operation. Again, that part of the Battle of Baghdad, the fact that we went nuclear, explains a lot of things that came out afterwards and also explains why it is that it had to be covered up. You can’t go to a country to try to make sure that nobody tries to start a war with WMDs against you and WMD ’em. It’s a highly embarrassing position to be in.

    Baghdad laid bare that USA really wasn’t going into a limited war at all, it was going into a world war, and prepared to use nukes. Incidentally, since the nuking of Baghdad Airport, the Bush Administration has retrofitted our military doctrine to allow for the use of tactical nukes in that sort of situation.

    From a strictly tactical point of view, using a neutron warhead killed the Iraqis who were in the open, while giving U.S. forces, who were inside armor, a chance at survival. Had I been one of the commanders on the battlefield at Baghdad Airport, one would have preferred the neutron option to being overrun and destroyed by the Iraqi forces. But war is never simply tactical. As Clausewitz, the Prussian military philosopher, puts it, “War is a continuation of politics by other means.” It’s on the political level that the nuking of Baghdad Airport was a disastrous decision.

    Unlike the nuking of Japan, which was admitted to the American people, the nuking of Baghdad was kept from them, meaning that we had decided to keep them in the dark about the conduct of the war. Further, the Arab world knows very well what we did in Baghdad,..

    Mr. Hooper, every point I have made above has been confirmed by U.S. officers, reporters and editors since I began my inquiries at the end of the Battle of Baghdad (marked by the contrived pulling down of Saddam’s statue for the cameras, April 8).

    I have attached:

    My two op-eds from the Houston Chronicle opposing intervention in Iraq (and predicting disaster if we did intervene).

    My two essays (which no one is willing to publish) about the Battle of Baghdad.

    My last published op-ed (July 8) continuing my gloomy prognosis for the war and questioning the motives that led us to it.

    Iraqi Resistance Report IV, which I discovered in August, but which confirmed my real-time analysis of April about the Battle of Baghdad.

    My most recent letter to Thom Shanker, New York Times Reporter, who plays word games in English and will talk truth about matters only in Russian (a language he and I share) because of fear for his career.

    A list of media indicators from the days of the Battle of Baghdad implying the existence and severity of the battle.

    Again, thank you for hearing me out both last month and this morning. I know that the material I’ve attached is about two newspaper pages of reading, but I promise you that you will read no more informative two pages in the United States today – or for the last year. Please call me at your convenience to discuss these matters further, and please feel free to distribute the material in any manner you deem fit. Not a word that I have written is derived from secret information, nor am I (now a civilian) in any way impeded from the free expression of my conclusions. I believe that if the truth about the subversion of our First Amendment to prolong a hazardous war (perhaps destined to become a world war) were understood beyond the current silent circles of compromised information professionals, our “crusade” would soon end.

    With respect,

    Eric May



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