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The tag 'Port Chicago' is associated with 5 posts.

Do Black Lives Matter at Port Chicago?

In Mis­cel­la­neous Archive Show M23, we explored Peter Vogel’s hypoth­e­sis that the July 17, 1944 explo­sion of the ammu­ni­tion ship E.A. Bryan was the det­o­na­tion of an atom­ic bomb. In FTR #444, Peter sup­ple­ment­ed his research, devel­op­ing infor­ma­tion that the Port Chica­go explo­sion was a test of an ear­ly atom­ic weapon–the auto­cat­alyt­ic ura­ni­um hydride lat­er­al implo­sion exper­i­men­tal device—named the Mark II. (His­to­ri­ans of the atom­ic era have often won­dered why the Hiroshi­ma weapon–“Little Boy”–was clas­si­fied as the Mark I, while the Nagasa­ki weapon–“Fat Man”–was the Mark III. Peter’s dis­cov­ery explains the “absence” of the Mark II from the record.) Sub­se­quent­ly, he and author Dean McLeod sup­ple­ment­ed that work, fur­ther rein­forc­ing the hypoth­e­sis that Port Chica­go was the test of the Mark 2. Peter’s work has also been sum­ma­rized in a book. To date, we have heard no com­men­tary on the delib­er­ate sac­ri­fice of the lives of scores of African-Amer­i­can sailors.


“They Are All Bound on The Wheel . . . .” Reflections on The Death of George Floyd and Its Aftermath

My feel­ings about the George Floyd killing and its after­math are best expressed in a poem I have read on a num­ber of pro­grams. In FTR #46, I detailed the assas­si­na­tion of Mar­tin Luther King. The research in FTR #46, in turn, updat­ed infor­ma­tion pre­sent­ed on the 17th anniver­sary of the assas­si­na­tion of Dr. King more than a decade ear­li­er. Two years ago, when doing ten hours of pro­gram­ming about Dr. King’s mur­der on the 50th anniver­sary of that event, I was struck by the utter pas­siv­i­ty and silence, not just on the part of the main­stream media, but on the part of the African-Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ty, as well as the so-called “pro­gres­sive sec­tor.” How can peo­ple who have acqui­esced in the cold-blood­ed assas­si­na­tion of Amer­i­ca’s most promi­nent civ­il rights leader at the hands of pow­er­ful ele­ments of gov­ern­ment man­i­fest sur­prise or out­rage at Floy­d’s death? Per­haps it is because “They are all bound on the wheel . . . .”


Blast from the Past: Reagan, George H.W. Bush Administrations Aided Secret Japanese Nuclear Weapons Program

Rea­gan, Bush I admin­is­tra­tions secret­ly armed Japan with weapons-grade plu­to­ni­um. Space explo­ration projects a cov­er for Japan­ese nuclear arms devel­op­ment. How far do these ten­ta­cles reach?


FTR #163 Interview with Peter Vogel: Update on Port Chicago

Peter Vogel high­lights the issue of resid­ual radi­a­tion at the Port Chica­go site.


FTR #129 Interview with Peter Vogel

Lis­ten: MP3 Side 1 | Side 2 Much has been writ­ten and said about the devel­op­ment of nuclear weapons. Per­haps the most intrigu­ing chap­ter in the devel­op­ment of the bomb was revealed by researcher Peter Vogel, who devel­oped com­pelling infor­ma­tion that the 1944 explo­sion of an ammu­ni­tion ship was, in fact, the explo­sion and prob­a­ble […]