Nuclear targets in the USA….really?
I first added the original nuclear targets list to the SurvivalRing website in 2001, after the events of 9/11/01. Why? Well, the US had just been attacked again, on our own soil (just like Pearl Harbor). We didn’t see it coming. We were marked and painted for targets, for very specific reasons, first by the Japanese, and then by zealots of Al Qeuda sixty years later.
The Cold War was different. Trillions spent on nuclear weapons, development, targeting systems, silo systems, mobile systems, training in all areas of offensive and defensive weaponry, and the like. Mobile nuclear launch systems made sense, because moving targets are harder to hit. Silos full of MIRV warhead missiles were sitting ducks for incoming, first strike weapons from our long-feared enemies in the old Soviet Union and then China as well. For decades, it remained a standoff from all sides. Accidents, mishandling, loose nukes, lost nukes, and aircraft crashes carrying nukes really added a little spice to our evening news casts.
Our guys…the ones who developed the offensive weapons systems that turned into nukes in the 40s, had to do some research. Where would we put our nukes, first to keep them safe, and then to keep them hidden, and yet again, when we started downsizing our inventory? What about our defensive systems to protect them? Our infrastructure that, first gave us the tools to build nukes, then the tools to rebuild afterwards, then the bases to launch first strikes, or return strikes, or post strike bonus hits, and so on. They turned the old ideas of World War III, into Survivable Armageddon…IF you knew where to be, and what to do, just in case WE got hit… sooner or later.
Yet, it was all just a gamble. Several close calls, halted ONLY by men on gut instinct, could have started nuclear annihilation in an instant. Here we sit, years and decades later, and none of us having perished in a hellish fiery death match.
And, to top that all off, some moron in the highest echelons of government administration of war decided to set the codes on ALL nukes to ONE code … 00000000 … so there would be NO delay in launching ANY weapon ANYWHERE on the planet, should the need to retaliate with nuclear weapons become…shall we say…an enviable option? The entire nuclear use paradigm stayed that way, with that code, for over 20 years.
If someone had let the nuclear genie out of the bottle, during those early years, or during the Reagan or Bush years, what would you and I have been able to do, to take care of ourselves, feed and nourish our bodies, and avoid as much trauma and illness that would have followed?
Not much, unless you were one of the precious few that knew where to look for nuclear survival information. The government, from the early 1950’s onward, wrote, printed, and dispersed millions of how to pamphlets, fliers, booklets, and manuals for citizens all across the nation. Some cities even sent a full package of nuclear preparedness information to every address in town, in a nice little bundle of useful, but mostly understood, cheap paper information. Still, it wasn’t enough.
The US fallout shelter system was a joke. It got a good start under Kennedy, but Congress, being the evil selfish bastards that they have always been, instead opted for “Continuity of Government”. They built multiple secret shelters across the nation for themselves, their families, and their key staff members.
The rest of America…you and me and everyone we knew…were on our own. Sure, Russia and China continued their nationwide shelter projects for another decade or two, building entire cities and key industrial areas under mountains and plains. The Swiss had fallout shelters in nearly every home and business…mandated by LAW. American community shelters?
So…after the Bad Guys got the plans for nukes, and started testing them for potential US targeting, a few smart people said “Hey…it might behoove us to think about what MIGHT be targeted in our own country, so we can plan what do to, JUST IN CASE.”
These guys created the first US nuclear target lists to work through multiple strike scenarios. They ran statistical analyses of industry, population, fallout models based on historical weather patterns, known thermal, blast, and fallout effects, figured in geological cartographic information, and after a few years of genius level work, produced highly classified, high level reports, on what would make great nuclear targets in the US for the Bad Guys to hit to do us the most harm.
Once they had that out of the way, then they could start planning where to move industries, bases, infrastructure, key personnel, and so forth in a never ending game of Red Rover. It stayed that way for years.
Hidden, classified, top secret maps…of places no one would dare to live, if they knew that real Russian nuclear warheads sitting on top of real Russian missiles in silos throughout the USSR were already PROGRAMMED to strike…for whatever military or political reason.
Not good. Not good at all.
It all comes down to this. What *were* nuclear targets in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, for the most part, could still be so, even in this “enlightened”, post-Soviet Union, “feel good” democratic/socialist society that tells all of us that “the bad guys are just misunderstood”.
Right. I call it Bullshit.
To make it short and sweet, and easily understandable…this website exists, because thousands and thousands of Americans across the nation are proactively going out on the internet, LOOKING for safe places to live, and knowing enough about our country to start looking for the places that AREN’T safe, first. The government made the weapons, lost the plans, and had to develop survival ideas for trying to stay alive, should the Cold War turn into a HOT war…and we citizens have had to learn about any chance of nuclear survival from book authors, overnight radio shows, right and left wing fanatics, word of mouth, and magazine and newspaper articles…instead of from our government’s huge legion of emergency management offices at city, county, state, and federal levels. Why? Why not share what THEY knew, with those of us actually paying the bill, in taxes taken from us in every dollar we earned in our lives?
Somehow, we got the message…by watching how our government reacted to OTHER real regional catastrophes, such as Katrina, Sandy, Andrew, the 2011 tornado outbreaks, the recent nationwide drought and many huge wildfires, and so on and so forth.
The government never quite accomplished any worthy responses to help, assist, halt, or even mitigate potential damage, immediately after those incidents, taking weeks, or in some cases (such as Sandy) months to get recovery systems in place, while people were (and still are) living in tents, tarps, or neighbor’s overcrowded homes. Always responding, never preventing, never more than pitiful attempts to assuage the injured and aggrieved citizens caught in those horrible and desperate situations.
We precious few, we Americans who pay attention, and want to help others be less concerned with fear, and more concerned about everyday living, dug out the information hidden in dark places.
We placed Freedom Of Information Act requests and got these kinds of documents UNCLASSIFIED. We then digitized these documents, so we could see just what the hell our fearless, feckless leaders were thinking, while playing their little war games, over our overtaxed and overworked bodies…living, breathing human beings.
Now, you too, will know what both the Bad Guys, and our own Good/Bad guys, were thinking about where we might have had thermonuclear warheads dropped on us in our sleep, like addled pets.
Sure, the original list is over 20 years old, approaching possibly 30 years in age, in the case of the Nuclear Attack Planning Base 1990 report (NAPB-90), printed in 1987. We had to start somewhere…but…we HAVE started.
Yes, yes…I know…most targets were military bases of some kind, and many have closed. Guess what? We have those lists of ACTIVE and CLOSED bases right here on this site, viewable via Google Maps, with extreme ability to view details and see for yourself if anything exists in any old target zones.
This site EXISTS to UPDATE the lists, from people who live where targets USED to be, and who might know where new targets MIGHT be worth knowing about. This site is and will be completely interactive in every way. Have updates to share? Use the comments forms, the contact page, or email us.
And don’t forget this. Look at terrorist events on US soil in the last 17 years, SINCE 9/11/01. The Fort Hood massacre and Hasan. The Washington Navy Yard shootings and Aaron Alexis. The underwear bomber. The shoe bomber. The DC snipers. The Sikh temple shootings. And so, so many more. They’re targeting large groups of people, military bases (from the inside), sporting events, marathons, and so much more. Where will it stop? We have to think ahead of these selfish and moralistic assholes who want to kill us so they can get 72 virgins (sadly, all male…boy, are THEY going to be surprised).
We want to know the truth…nothing more…nothing less.
We, the people, need to help each other, and dig into it all, until we ALL know what we really need to be worried about. Let’s use the brains God gave us, the tools and technology provided to us with the experience of MILLIONS of man-hours of all of us in the real world, and the beating heart and caring souls that we all have…to come up with real, viable, usable information that adds up to this… is IT a TARGET…or not?
Thanks for visiting.