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That clearly was not in the public interest to ban it [Zircon spy satellite]; they just didn’t want people to know. And what they didn’t want people to know was that we had no capacity to target nuclear weapons. We are entirely dependent on the American satellite system. Tony Benn
The whole deterrent argument is a fraud. Tony Benn, Last Will & Testament ***** Youtube 1.31.36
It would never be right or practical ever to use the hydrogen bomb. ibid. black and white film
Nuclear weapons are so dangerous that you have to keep quiet about them, and at the end of the War Attlee continued building nuclear weapons and he never told parliament or the cabinet what he’d done. And so in a way the very existence of nuclear weapons destroys democratic accountability. ibid.
Nuclear power: What I learned by hard experience was it wasn’t cheap … It isn’t safe … and it isn’t peaceful, most important of all … Plutonium that had come out of our civil power stations was going to America to go to make warheads … The cost of the nuclear power programme was really fraudulent … They never compared like with like … The decommissioning costs … all these ongoing costs have still to be borne … Tony Benn, Against the Tide, Youtube 53.24
The problem with Chernobyl is that there’s always been this divergence between what scientists know is the impact of Chernobyl and what the public thinks is the impact of Chernobyl. In fact the health effects of Chernobyl are much more mild than anyone has really assumed. Louisa Vinton, coordinator of UN Chernobyl Report
The conclusion is that there was no connection between Chernobyl radiation and birth defects of any sort. No-one was born deformed as a consequence of Chernobyl. ibid.
The biggest public health impact from the Chernobyl accident was psychological. Fear of radiation has proved to be a far more potent threat to health than radiation itself. ibid.
Dear Tourist, for your own safety, opening the windows is prohibited. Chernobyl: A Natural History, man on bus instructing tourists
On April 26th 1986 at 1:23 a.m. Reactor Number Four in Cherbobyl’s Lenin Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine went out of control. ibid.
Contaminating vast areas in numerous countries. ibid.
The next day the 135,000 inhabitants living in this zone were evacuated. They would never return. Within this zone, now prohibited to human life, the wild fauna and flora were left on their own. What has happened to them in all these years? ibid.
For the past twenty years of all of the scientists it is Sergei Gaschak who has without a doubt has participated in the most studies behind the exclusion zone. ibid.
The exclusion zone is inhabited by numerous species of wild animals, some of which were not there before the accident. Several bears have moved in; you often see wild dear ... All the animals seem to be perfectly healthy. ibid.
Each village has become a true jungle ... Does Nature not care about radiation? ibid.
The famous Chernobyl cloud was born – and it didn’t care about borders drawn by men. ibid.
3% of the radiation to which we are exposed to daily comes from the Chernobyl cloud. ibid.
Thousands of pines near the power plant reddened over a few weeks and died. The scientists then named this sinister forest the red forest – the stigmata of this battle are still visible. The red forest was soon to become one of the most astonishing laboratories on the planet in which there would be a series of mysteries and paradoxes. ibid.
Life in this city that has such a strange atmosphere where you sometimes come across a few people in military fatigues, and it is forbidden for children and pregnant women is very strange. It is a privilege to be employed in the exclusion zone: because employees get double wages for just fifteen days working a month. ibid.
It is very tempting to attribute everything that doesn’t appear normal to radiation. ibid.
I thought if there was a war, an invasion of Cuba, there would be nuclear war. And that would result in the disappearance of millions and millions of people. Jose Ramon Fernandez, vice president Cuban council of ministers
This hydrogen bomb was the most powerful weapon ever built by man ... The world was on a potentially fatal collision course. Secrets of War s5e3: Cold War: The Strangelove Factor
Mutual distrust grew; relations between the United States and the Soviet Union rapidly deteriorated. ibid.
By 1962 the Russians had a problem: the United States had a 17 to 1 superiority in nuclear missiles and warheads. ibid.
Stalin … already knew a great deal about America’s atom bomb from their extensive spy network in the West. Secrets of War s5e2: The Hunt for Atomic Secrets, History 1998
Thus was born the Manhattan Project … Los Alamos also attracted unwanted attention … Soviet Intelligence was brilliantly successful. ibid.
Little did Fuchs know he was one of the final links in an elaborate Soviet atomic spy ring in the US. ibid.
[Theodore] Hall had become the second key atomic spy in Los Alamos. ibid.
Gold revealed the identity of another Soviet agent – Harry Greengrass. ibid.
Japan’s most powerful earthquake ever triggers a monster tsunami. Fear washes over the nation. But that’s just the beginning: ten nuclear reactors at two power plants are crippled, threatening the unimaginable. Nova: Nuclear Meltdown Disaster aka Fukushima Uncensored, PBS 2015
This is the road to nowhere. A once thriving place in one of the most prosperous countries on Earth. Japan: radioactive Japan. Time stood still here on March 11th 2011. Houses that aren’t homes. Schools that are silent. Stores shuddered. Towns without people. Past the checkpoints, the scans and the meticulous suit-up layer upon layer upon layer of protection is the place we simply know as Fukushima: site of three nuclear reactor meltdowns. ibid.
The largest [in Japan] ever recorded. Magnitude 9. ibid.
‘The shaking was like nothing I’d experienced.’ ibid.
The 1920s and ’30s were the golden age of nuclear research. The largest known nucleus at the time was that of the uranium atom: 238 protons and neutrons. Nova: Einstein’s Big Idea II
He was a national hero. The greatest scientist of a generation. And the man who unleashed the most powerful weapon in history. The Trials of J Robert Oppenheimer, PBS 2015
Whether your continued employment on the Atomic Energy Commission work is consistent with the interests of the national security. ibid. recording of trial
J Robert Oppenheimer, the most eminent atomic scientist in America stood accused – a risk to national security. It was 1954. The Cold War with Russia was fuelling fears of communist infiltration at the highest levels of government. ibid.