America nearly bombed itself
by filip_bec on September 26, 2013 - 12:01am
America, what a nice country. As long as you have money, you have a good life. Even if America lies and hides information from you, you still love her. But what if I told you that America nearly dropped a nuclear bomb over North Carolina, back in the 60’s? Would you still love her like you did?
It is the 23th of January 1961 that the United States came too close to a complete carnage. While flying along the East Coast, a B-52 Bomber broke in mid-air, unleashing two atom bombs. These bombs were 260 times more powerful than those used in WW2 on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. If they had detonated, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and even New York City would have felt the radiation. The two bombs behave like active ones; they opened their parachutes and engaged their mechanism. Fortunately, they had four safety mechanisms, which had the role to prevent unintended detonations. And guess what? Three of the four switches didn’t stop the signal to reach the core of the device, and it was the last one that prevented the biggest catastrophe of the United States. The ironic part of this whole story is that the US government said publicly that their nuclear equipment has never put Americans lives in danger.
I cannot believe that not only this tragedy might have happened, but that the United States kept this information from us for more than 50 years. Gladly, Eric Schlosser unveiled to the whole nation some minor truth about America. This journalist spent 6 years analyzing everything related to nuclear weapons in the US. The worst part is that this is not the first incident. He discovered that between 1950 and 1968, at least 700 significant accidents involving 1, 1250 nuclear weapons were recorded. For me, these numbers are too high! Maybe from the outside, America seems like a nice place, I can say that after seeing all this information, it isn’t a nice place after all. . This is a peak to everything that is held from us, from the people. Maybe eventually, more people like Eric will start unveiling all the truth that the United States hided from us.
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