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    Default Pentagon plans big explosion at Nevada ( a Mushroom cloud after 45 yrs)

    Pentagon plans big explosion at Nevada ( a Mushroom cloud after 45 yrs)
    Indian Express ^ | 3/31/06 | Reuters

    Washington, March 31: The Pentagon plans to detonate 700 tons of conventional high explosives in Nevada in a June 2 test designed to gauge the effectiveness of weapons against deeply buried targets, officials said on Thursday. “I don’t want to sound glib here, but it's the first time in Nevada that you’ll see a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas since we stopped testing nuclear weapons,” James Tegnelia, director of the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, told a small group of reporters.

    The test, dubbed “Divine Strake,” is sponsored by Tegnelia's agency and is set to be conducted at the Energy Department’s Nevada Test Site in Nye County, about 105 km northwest of Las Vegas. “All explosives, given the right thermal characteristics, will create a cloud that may resemble a mushroom cloud,” the Defense Threat Reduction Agency said in a statement.

    “The dust cloud from Divine Strake may reach an altitude of 3,048 metres and is not expected to be visible off the Nevada Test Site.”

    Nuclear tests at the site sent mushroom clouds billowing high into the Air and became tourist attractions in the 1950s, but surface tests ended in the early 1960s.

    Rep Shelley Berkley, a Nevada Democrat, said she had numerous concerns over the test. “I need to be certain that if we set off huge explosives at the Test Site, there are no potential health or environmental risks to the Nevada public.

    “Given the level of contamination in areas where nuclear tests were conducted, I have real concerns about the dust and other pollutants that will be released into the air as a result of this explosion,” Berkley said in a statement.

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    "Given the level of contamination in areas where nuclear tests were conducted, I have real concerns about the dust and other pollutants that will be released into the air as a result of this explosion," said U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley.


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    Actually, I think it's 770 tons. It's probably to simulate a nuke against underground bunkers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatie
    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060331/D8GMGPLG8.html

    "Given the level of contamination in areas where nuclear tests were conducted, I have real concerns about the dust and other pollutants that will be released into the air as a result of this explosion," said U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley.

    Well given the fact that I live in Nevada, I have my own real concerns.

    Wow this is the first I've heard about this and I live in this frickin state!!!

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    "Divine strake"?
    Look at the language these fuckwads are using. If that isn't intended to stir up biblical self righteousness I don't know what is.
    Par for the course though. I actually caught myself using the word "detainee" a couple of months ago. It all goes in, doesn't it?
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    Why not test it in Iraq?

    I get a kick out of watching the EOD guy blow stuff up out at Ft Ord.
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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme
    "Divine strake"?
    Look at the language these fuckwads are using. If that isn't intended to stir up biblical self righteousness I don't know what is.
    Par for the course though. I actually caught myself using the word "detainee" a couple of months ago. It all goes in, doesn't it?
    "Divine" is a code name for a sub-class of new weapons designed to take out underground facilities. You can read more here:

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/ops/divine-strake.htm

    Code names are often random. The next project get's the next name on the list. Code names are then given sub-code names. The SR-71 was developed under the name "Oxcart", this was deliberately picked to fool the unsuspecting to think that whatever was being developed was slow, the SR-71 flew at Mach 3+. Lockheed had it's own sub-code name for the plane: "Archangel". This wasn't a biblical refference though, their previous projects, the U-2, had the name "Angel" and since the SR-71 flew higher and faster it was given "Archangel.

    Code names can be changed and have been in the past. The one that comes to mind the invasion of Panama in 1989. It is known as Operation "Just Cause" (re-named "Just Be-Cause We Could by the forces who went) but it's original name was "Blue Spoon". The summer, 1989, US build-up in Panama was called "Nimrod Dancer". The 7thID(L)'s deployment to Los Angeles durring the Rodney King riots was called "Garden Plot".

    Code names with the word "Blue" in them specify a top secret program or project. The Stealth Fighter was developed under the code name : "Have Blue". It's secret competitor was called "Tacit Blue".

    Code names are such a headache that most are computer generated.
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    Blowing shit up is cool.

    Kicking up contaminated dirt and soil is not.
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