No boom today. Boom tomorrow, there’s always a boom tomorrow.

Via Daily Kos, it seems that the US Government may have published instructions on how to build a nuclear weapon on the Internets (whether you can find it with The Google isn’t yet known).

The documents, roughly a dozen in number, contain charts, diagrams, equations and lengthy narratives about bomb building that nuclear experts who have viewed them say go beyond what is available elsewhere on the Internet and in other public forums. For instance, the papers give detailed information on how to build nuclear firing circuits and triggering explosives, as well as the radioactive cores of atom bombs.

Incompetence, desperation and political opportunism combined is never pretty to watch, but it’s usually not this dangerous.

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2 Comments to "No boom today. Boom tomorrow, there’s always a boom tomorrow."

  1. November 4, 2006 - 10:52 am | Permalink

    This sort of thing isn’t actually very dangerous. Firstly all of the information is in the public domain already (see The Curve of Binding Energy or even Gadget); secondly, even if it weren’t, the Nth Country Project showed that it’s pretty easy to obtain the information you need from published non-weapons-related research, given a couple of qualified people and a few months — a much smaller allocation of resources than would be required to manufacture and process the plutonium or enriched uranium needed to build a bomb. You might also be interested in the November, 1979 issue of The Progressive, titled The H-Bomb Secret: How we got it and why we’re telling it (though of course the “secret” wasn’t actually secret, and they’d misunderstood the physics somewhat).

  2. November 5, 2006 - 12:42 am | Permalink

    Just trust him…Bush had very good reasons for sharing A-bomb instructions with any terrorist with an Internet connection:
    http://joecrubaugh.com/blog/2006/11/04/top-10-reasons-bush-posted-nuclear-bomb-cookbook-online/

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