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FTR #69 Even MORE Fun With Science: Earthquake Weaponry

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Dur­ing World War II, Win­ston Churchill observed that, in wartime, truth is so pre­cious that it should, at all times, be attend­ed by “a body­guard of lies.” For decades, the Unit­ed States and U.S.S.R. researched the pos­si­bil­i­ty of manip­u­lat­ing nat­ur­al dis­as­ters, includ­ing earth­quakes, as weapons of mass destruc­tion. This type of weapon­ry was the focus of a treaty between the two super­pow­ers nego­ti­at­ed in the late 1970s. Yet, despite a grow­ing body of evi­dence that seis­mic weapon­ry may very well be a fact of life in the late 1990s, offi­cial­dom con­tin­ues to down­play that omi­nous pos­si­bil­i­ty. This pro­gram explores that evi­dence. In addi­tion to exam­in­ing evi­dence of the exis­tence of seis­mic weapons and/or research into such weapons, the seg­ments high­light the research of Niko­la Tes­la, who used mechan­i­cal res­o­nance to cause a small earth­quake in New York City in 1896! After dis­cus­sion of a press con­fer­ence giv­en on April 28, 1997 by Defense Sec­re­tary William S. Cohen, in which he says that “ter­ror­ist nations” are cur­rent­ly devel­op­ing means of trig­ger­ing earth­quakes, vol­canic erup­tions and dis­as­trous weath­er events, the pro­gram reviews some of the his­to­ry of the Cold War research and devel­op­ment of seis­mic weapons. The broad­cast also touch­es on the Japan­ese Aum Shinrikyo’s attempt to use Tesla’s dis­cov­er­ies to devel­op tec­ton­ic weapons and their pro­fessed belief that the Kobe earth­quake was caused by the Unit­ed States.