The Hiroshima cover-up: How US hide American, Japanese footage from Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Posted 10 August 2009 - 12:43 PM
Atomic Anniversary: The Great 'Hiroshima Cover-up' -- and Fallout for Us Today
Posted 10 August 2009 - 01:37 PM
I think it's important to remember that no one really knew when these bombs were dropped what they really were capable of; they were "big" bombs. I think the US initially was trying to keep as much from Stalin as possible too, unaware that he already knew quite a bit.
As we've all seen this footage or at least significant portions of it, I'm not sure what effect it would have had on the population 5 or 6 decades ago.
"Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl." - Frederic II of Prussia
"In 9 months and 3 days of combat on the Continent the 949th FA Bn had fired 51,000 rounds of ammunition, approximately 2,550 tons." - Unit History
Posted 10 August 2009 - 01:54 PM
"I always had the sense," McGovern answered, "that people in the AEC were sorry they had dropped the bomb. The Air Force -- it was also sorry. I was told by people in the Pentagon that they didn't want those images out because they showed effects on man, woman and child. But the AEC, they were the ones that stopped it from coming out. They had power of God over everybody," he declared. "If it had anything to do with nukes, they had to see it. They were the ones who destroyed a lot of film and pictures of the first U.S. nuclear tests after the war."
I'd like to see some evidence that people were sorry the bomb was dropped. Most articles I've read indicate that, at least in the military, the consensus was that it was necessary.
As far as the secrecy goes, who knows why the government and the military leadership decide to classify anything. The obvious answer is "because they can".
Posted 10 August 2009 - 03:44 PM
This was when it went from the MED (Manhattan Engineering District) control, with General Groves in charge of production, to the new and unknown quantity of the AEC (Atomic Energy Commission). There was quite possibly a general reluctance to view and categorize each and every piece of film and movie footage. Not because they didn’t want to see it, or have it seen, but simply because of the enormity of the task. Just a guess on my part, since they were really on a "fast track" to make nuclear power an accepted mode of civilian power production.
"During the early post-World War II period, there was considerable apprehension and indecision about the future of America's nuclear weapons program. 'Throughout late 1945 and most of 1946 the MED adopted essentially a caretaker position ... instituted cost-saving measures that reduced the output of fissionable materials at HEW (Hanford) ... (which) resulted in the closure of B Reactor and in the decrease of power levels at D and F Reactors" (Gerber 1991: 4). With the shifting of control of America's atomic facilities from the Manhattan Engineering District (MED) to the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) in 1947, and the deterioration of relations between the United States and the Soviet Union, the AEC's General Advisory Committee recommended an increase in weapons research and production. This new policy meant the expansion of plutonium production facilities at Hanford'."
I posted that to show the "timeline" of the change from MED to AEC, and their motives are only a guess on my part.
Edited by brndirt1, 10 August 2009 - 03:44 PM.
Posted 10 August 2009 - 04:27 PM
Posted 17 August 2009 - 04:29 PM
Posted 17 August 2009 - 04:34 PM
Nuke tech was kept secret for a long, long time. Just the way of things. From someone who live through the "duck and cover" days, it was something you took for granted.
Posted 17 August 2009 - 06:01 PM
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