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w York Times, Oct 30, 2007, “Why They Call it the Manhattan Project” by William J. Broad.
“In April 1945, General Groves traveled to the newspaper’s offices on West 43rd
Street. He asked that a science writer, William L. Laurence, be allowed to go
on leave to report on a major wartime story involving science.
As early as 1940, before wartime secrecy, Mr. Laurence had reported on
the atomic breakthroughs at Pupin Hall. Now, Dr. Norris said, Mr. Laurence
went to work for the Manhattan Project and became the only reporter to witness
the Trinity test in the New Mexican desert in July 1945, and, shortly thereafter,
the nuclear bombing of Japan.
The atomic age, Mr. Laurence wrote in the first article of a series, began in
the New Mexico desert before dawn in a burst of flame that illuminated “earth
and sky for a brief span that seemed eternal.”
Laurence’s front-page story, U.S. ATOM BOMB SITE BELIES TOKYO TALES: TESTS ON NEW MEXICO RANGE CONFIRM THAT BLAST, AND NOT RADIATION, TOOK TOLL, ran on September 12, 1945, following a three-day delay to clear military censors. “This historic ground in New Mexico, scene of the first atomic explosion on earth and cradle of a new era in civilization, gave the most effective answer today to Japanese propaganda that radiations [sic] were responsible for deaths even after the day of the explosion, Aug. 6, and that persons entering Hiroshima had contracted mysterious maladies due to persistent radioactivity,” the article began.3 Laurence said unapologetically that the Army tour was intended “to give the lie to these claims.”
Laurence then went on to offer his own remarkable editorial on what happened: “The Japanese are still continuing their propaganda aimed at creating the impression that we won the war unfairly, and thus attempting to create sympathy for themselves and milder terms . . . Thus, at the beginning, the Japanese described ‘symptoms’ that did not ring true.”
But Laurence knew better. He had observed the first atomic bomb test on July 16, 1945, and he withheld what he knew about radioactive fallout across the southwestern desert that poisoned local residents and livestock. He kept mum about the spiking Geiger counters all around the test site.
William L. Laurence went on to write a series of ten articles for the Times that served as a glowing tribute to the ingenuity and technical achievements of the nuclear program. Throughout these and other reports, he downplayed and denied the human impact of the bombing. Laurence won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting.
It turns out that William L. Laurence was not only receiving a salary from The New York Times. He was also on the payroll of the War Department
Source: Published on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 by CommonDreams.org
Hiroshima Cover-up: How the War Department’s Timesman Won a Pulitzer
by Amy Goodman and David Goodman, [link to www.commondreams.org]
fear that the lingering effects of radiation from the bomb had been underestimated: “I could hardly believe my eyes,” Stone wrote, “when I saw a series of news releases said to be
quoting Oppenheimer, and giving the impression that there is noradioactive hazard. Apparently all things are relative.”
57 . Robert S. Stone, M.D., to Lieutenant Colonel H. L. Friedell, U.S. Engineer Corps, Manhattan District, 9 August 1945 (“In reading through the releases . . .”) (ACHRE No. DOE-121494-D-2).
58 . Robert S. Stone, M.D., to Lieutenant Colonel H. L. Friedell, U.S. Engineer Corps, Manhattan District, 9 August 1945 (“As you and many others are aware, a great many of the people . . .”) (ACHRE No. DOE-121494-D-1).
Source Link: [link to www.hss.doe.gov]
Source article title
DOE Openness: Human Radiation Experiments: Roadmap to the Project
At the dawn of the nuclear age, an independent Australian journalist named Wilfred Burchett traveled to Japan to cover the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The only problem was that General Douglas MacArthur had declared southern Japan off-limits, barring the press. Over 200,000 people died in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but no Western journalist witnessed the aftermath and told the story.
Burchett sat down on a chunk of rubble with his Baby Hermes typewriter. His dispatch began: “In Hiroshima, thirty days after the first atomic bomb destroyed the city and shook the world, people are still dying, mysteriously and horribly-people who were uninjured in the cataclysm from an unknown something which I can only describe as the atomic plague.”
He continued, tapping out the words that still haunt to this day: “Hiroshima does not look like a bombed city. It looks as if a monster steamroller has passed over it and squashed it out of existence. I write these facts as dispassionately as I can in the hope that they will act as a warning to the world.”
I submit that anyone who has followed the global reporting of the Fukushima disaster taking into account both the often ridiculous Japanese “expert” and government view as well as independent information of a technical nature not presented by mainline mass media outlets, will see direct parallels between the control of information in 1945 and 2011/2012.
Fukushima radiation alarms doctors
Japanese doctors warn of public health problems caused by Fukushima radiation.
Dahr Jamail Last Modified: 18 Aug 2011 14:09
“Scientists and doctors are calling for a new national policy in Japan that mandates the testing of food, soil, water, and the air for radioactivity still being emitted from Fukushima’s heavily damaged Daiichi nuclear power plant.
“The situation at the Daiichi Nuclear facility in Fukushima has not yet been fully stabilised, and we can’t yet see an end in sight,” Yanagisawa said. “Because the nuclear material has not yet been encapsulated, radiation continues to stream into the environment.”….”
In the US, physician Janette Sherman MD and epidemiologist Joseph Mangano published an essay shedding light on a 35 per cent spike in infant mortality in northwest cities that occurred after the Fukushima meltdown, and may well be the result of fallout from the stricken nuclear plant.
The reality is, from the point of view of the expert on location, “fear that the lingering effects of radiation from the bomb had been underestimated: “I could hardly believe my eyes, when I saw a series of news releases said to be
quoting Oppenheimer, and giving the impression that there is no
radioactive hazard.” Stone, Hiroshima, 1945.
Change the names and dates, and we have the situation in Japan, 2011/2012.
Excellent report that delves into the comparisons between the reporting that is going on about Fukushima (or lack of it) and the bombing of Japan/ Nuclear testing and radioactive contamination of the planet.
The “what we hear”, and “what we don’t hear”, is a widening schism.
The truth is, that we will see ever increasing cancers in both the young and old; sadly, the young first.
Until they encapsulate Fukushima, the radiation continues to spew forth, and contaminate the air that we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink.
The “decontamination” myth must be exposed for what it is, and we must be prepared to accept monumental loss of life; for that is what it….
Interestingly, the world press were forbidden to enter the South of Japan in 1945, instead were diverted to the Surrender of the Japanese.. are we seeing the same diversions today about Fukushima?
[link to nuclearhistory.wordpress.com]