Imaginary Weapons

Imaginary Weapons

A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld

Book - 2006
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How did a fluke experiment in 1998, involving a used dental X-ray machine and a dubious sample of radioactive material, become the Pentagon's pet weapons project? It had been rejected by one of the Pentagon's most important advisory groups, but the Pentagon found an eccentric scientist who believed that a super "isomer" bomb could be built, and deliver the punch of a two-kiloton nuke packaged in a hand grenade. Ideologues at the Pentagon claimed that the Russians were in the process of building one of their own, and that the weapon was essential to the Pentagon's arsenal. Imaginary Weapons tells the story of the battle that ensued, pitting the nation's leading nuclear physicists against the Pentagon's top brass, and the military against nuclear arms control advocates, as funds and experiments for the "isomer weapon" miraculously reappeared even after the project had been shelved numerous times, even by Congress. This book also illuminates the dangerous trend that the Bush administration continues to follow of putting politics before science. The bomb is imaginary, and the only explosion produced by the "isomer weapon" will leave a hole in the nation's budget and a fallout of the nation's best and brightest scientists.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Nation Books, c2006.
ISBN: 9781560258490
Branch Call Number: 355.8 WEINBERGER
501 W423i
UF503 .W45 2006
Characteristics: xxviii, 276 p. ; 22 cm.


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May 16, 2016

This was a book I stumbled upon, having never heard of it or the subject matter. The author, Sharon Weinberger, is a most serious and highly competent journalist and reporter, so the idiocy - - or corruption [???] - - she covers is exhaustively investigated and researched. It is dry reading, but most revealing of why extreme oversight should always be required and why the DoD is seriously overdue for a forensic audit, as is the CIA, DIA, NSA, et cetera!
[Sidebar: The author briefly covers Hal Puthoff and the Pentagon's // Jedi Master \\ program. The first time I read about Puthoff and company was back in the mid 1970s in New York Magazine, covering a story on the pathetic SRI International [or Stanford Research Institute, not related to Stanford University] and the so-called // physicists \\ there who were also scientologists [and I do not accept anyone can be both!!!!]. One of them suggested that: // If you can PK {psychokinesis} a piece of dust, then you can PK a star! \\ - - an incredibly ignorant and scientifically moronic statement. First, their PK'ing of dust was never verified or replicated, and that would be monumental orders of magnitude different! In other words, however one manipulates a piece of dust and a star, a star would require gazillion more times the energy! A group of Japanese scientists visited SRI with a partnership in mind, then returned to Japan and stated that nobody should ever partner with that pathetic fraud of an organization!]


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