“It flashed through my mind that I had become the Prince of Darkness, the destroyer of universes.” – Robert Oppenheimer.
When the historical record of the development of the Atomic Bomb was written, the fact that the Americans were only too aware that no other nation on earth was developing such a weapon, was given very little attention.
That could have been because the obscene amount of tax dollars that had been allocated to the project, was only granted because vague ‘rumours’ had been circulated beforehand, that Germany were already working on a similar project in 1943.
It was long before the cessation of hostilities in 1945, that the Government admitted that the rumours were untrue, but by then, their desire to be the First Nation to possess THE ultimate deterrent – ensured that they would have the Atomic Bomb, by any means – and to hell with the consequences.
The A-Bomb development project, codenamed, ‘Manhattan‘ was one of at least two ‘Super-secret’ projects of the Second World War, and it’s research and development was established in a suitably remote area, known as ‘Jornado del Muerto‘ – the ‘Journey of Death‘, by the locals, and one of it’s few occupied properties belonged to one David McDonald, which was leased by the U.S. army as a ‘Field Laboratory’ and ‘Military Police Station’.
They duly named their new headquarters, ‘Trinity‘.
This was the location where the very first A-Bomb was exploded for real, after preliminary testing at restricted sites in Nevada and New Mexico had been carried out.
In order to further their understanding of how nuclear weapons affected the human body, the American military began a program known as ‘Operation Echo‘, which from 1945 to 1963, subjected 235,000 of their own personnel – both male and female – to the effects of radiation from the early testing of the A-Bomb.
Much of this was carried out in the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, north of Las Vegas, better known as the ‘Ranch’ or ‘Area 51’, which was of course, part of the main Nevada base.
Upwards of 25,000 separate experiments were carried out in all, in which the doses were steadily increased to see how they would be tolerated, and how they achieved this, was by simply placing the troops closer and closer to the blast point – and by decreasing their levels of protection each time.
Very few of the test ‘subjects’ were even aware of the dangers, having being instructed by their superiors, that two feet of earth or soil would be more than enough protection to keep them safe from the effects.
It was only in 1955, the Americans even acknowledged that the lens of the human eye actually concentrated the glare of an exploding A-Bomb, effectively burning the retina.
These procedures came under the umbrella term ‘medical school research’, and the participants were reassuringly told that ‘safe viewing distances‘ and the levels of protection they were allocated, had been approved by the medical staff of the Randolph Air Force Base in Texas.
As this has now been proved as being categorically untrue, it is now abundantly clear that the decision makers behind the Echo Project, treated their own citizens with utter distain, and showed the same levels of indifference they displayed towards the animals they also subjected to the same conditions.
Interviewed in the 1990’s about his role in the tests, one soldier, who was 22 at the time, narrated how he and his friends were deeply shocked by the experience of being so close to an exploding atomic bomb.
He also told how they had been instructed to “keep their right sides facing ground zero, and to raise their arms to a ‘warding off’ position.”
Even though he was, as he was led to believe, safely in a trench, at the moment of detonation, this young soldier was able to see the two bones inside his forearm through both his uniform sleeve and the flesh, and he was admittedly, “petrified with fear.”
When loudspeakers ordered them out of their trenches and to walk towards the unfurling mushroom cloud towering above them, none of the soldiers were able to speak a word – and were all, understandably, in a state of deep shock.
Following this harrowing experience, they were simply ‘brushed down’ – by another soldier armed only with a yard brush, and told: “if the dust was removed, so would the radiation”.
The U.S. Military were told by some of their medical advisors, that they were positioning their troops far too close to the detonation site, but it now appears that they went ahead anyway.
The American Atomic Energy Commission had even leafleted the town’s that were adjacent to the test sites beforehand, informing the worried residents, that the testing was ‘in their best interests’.
It was not until around nine months later, long after the fallout that had swept over their towns had dispersed, these same, trusting and obedient American citizens, discovered the true cost of their government’s rabid pursuit of the Atomic bomb.
When their children started being born with abnormally high levels of mental and genetic abnormalities, and many others developed various forms of cancer, and started dying prematurely, many others also expressed the general feeling that ….
‘They no longer trusted their government’.