I keep mentioning to people that the US government is planning on exploding an immense bomb in Nevada in a few weeks, and I've been reeeeeeeeeeeeelly surprised that this is news to a lot of people. It's happening - June 2. And they say it's 700 tons.
Indian Country Today:
"Western Shoshone opposed the Pentagon's planned 700-ton detonation on aboriginal Western Shoshone land, as a delegation of Western Shoshone returned from Geneva, Switzerland, with support from the United Nations for protection of their human rights and territory.
James Tegnelia, director of the Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency, confirmed that the United States plans to detonate 700 tons of explosives at the Nevada Test Site on June 2.
While the Pentagon calls it ''Divine Strake,'' Western Shoshone said there is nothing divine about a massive explosion on their traditional lands.
The Divine Strake blast will be five times larger than the military's largest conventional weapon, the Massive Ordinance Air Blast Bomb, or MOAB, nicknamed the Mother of All Bombs, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. "
The doublespeak writers must be working overtime.
Since this is part of the Iran thing, and since they don't have any planes that can carry 700 tons, as far as I know, it seems like they are using it A) for chest-thumping purposes, and B) as a stand-in for an atomic weapon they see as being equivilent.
posted by - 12:32 AM