“The probability of global catastrophe is very high,” reads an excerpted statement from the Science and Security Board on the 2016 time of the Doomsday Clock.
The infamous ‘doomsday clock’ was recently moved forward during 2015 to…
three minutes to midnight.
During their 2016 update they noted:
“The probability has not been reduced. The Clock ticks. Global danger looms. Wise leaders should act —immediately.”
While the doomsday clock factors many things, there’s this one little thing called…
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A Suitcase Nuke
A suitcase nuclear device (suitcase nuke, suitcase bomb, backpack nuke, mini-nuke) is a tactical nuclear weapon which uses, or is portable enough that it could use, a suitcase as its delivery method.
During the ‘Cold War’, both the United States and the Soviet Union have acknowledged producing nuclear weapons small enough to be carried in specially-designed backpacks. Many decades have since passed, and technology has advanced even further. Today, given the passage of time and modern advancements, one might speculate that others may also posses such capability – or have paid to obtain it.
During 1997 it was reported (a 60 Minutes broadcast) via former Russian National Security Advisor, General Aleksander Lebed, that the former Soviet Union had not only manufactured small (suitcase) nuclear bombs, but had lost track of perhaps 100 of them. He said the devices were a “perfect terrorist weapon,” made to look like suitcases, “and could be detonated by one person with less than 30 minutes of preparation.”
Lebed cannot be reached for further comment… He died not long afterwards when a Russian helicopter in which he was flying as a passenger… crashed.
And there’s this…
Stanislav Lunev. He defected to the U.S. in 1992 and has since worked as a consultant to the FBI and the CIA. Apparently he remains in the FBI’s Witness Protection Program.
The highest-ranking defector of the Russian Federation ‘GRU’ (foreign military intelligence of the Armed Forces), Stanislav Lunev, claimed that so called ‘suitcase nukes’ do exist, and weigh from fifty to sixty pounds. According to Lunev, the number of “missing” nuclear devices “is almost identical to the number of strategic targets upon which those bombs would be used.”
He also suggested that suitcase nukes might be already deployed on US soil and that “it is surprisingly easy to smuggle nuclear weapons into the US” across the Mexican border.
The FBI claimed that he was ‘exaggerating’.
Apparently the U.S. version of the ‘backpack’ nuke weighs 163 pounds. Reports vary regarding Russian ‘suitcase’ nukes weighing from 59 pounds to 154 pounds.
There isn’t very much (in public) regarding the size and destructive power of these small nuclear weapons. The yield is hard to pin down. I have read that some may yield an equivalent of 1,000 tons of TNT while others several thousand tons… enough to level everything within a half mile radius and spread radioactive waste across a wide area. Note the bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima was 15 kilotons.
by Ken Jorgustin, Modern Survival Blog
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