FAS Roundup – August 7, 2020

By August 7, 2020

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 75 Years After
“Seventy-five years later, we commemorate the nuclear attacks and the unspeakable human suffering they inflicted, which remind us of the uniquely destructive capability of nuclear weapons and the importance of ensuring that they are never used in anger again,” FAS’ Hans Kristensen and Matt Korda write on the anniversary of the devastating bombings of two Japanese cities.

In the 75 years since Hiroshima, nuclear testing killed untold thousands
Nuclear testing “has always been disproportionately felt by already marginalized communities,” Matt Korda tells the Washington Post. “The U.S. government and the scientific community essentially lied to residents who were living around those sites in Nevada as well as Marshall Islanders about the dangers of radiation exposure.”

From the Manhattan Project, a legacy of discovery and a national burden
“Los Alamos sometimes has problems accounting for nuclear materials,” FAS’ Steven Aftergood tells Stars and Stripes. “Every now and then there’s either an espionage case or an episode of misplaced classified records.”

75 years after Hiroshima bombing, it’s falling to descendants to keep survivors’ stories alive
“It’s kind of frustrating that the leaders of arms-control states are generally sort of seeing disarmament as a type of chore, rather than actually a global security imperative or a humanitarian imperative,” Matt Korda tells CBC.

No, that mushroom cloud in Beirut doesn’t indicate a nuclear bomb went off
“First, a nuclear explosion would be a lot more powerful and the cameraman would be gone… Besides, I don’t see any bright radiation flash that you would get from a nuclear event. Having said that, it looks like a very powerful chemical or gas explosion.” Hans Kristensen tells Task and Purpose about the physics of a tragic explosion in Beirut this week.

Homeland Security Is Quietly Tying Antifa to Foreign Powers
“Once someone (or some group) is identified as an agent of a foreign power, they are subject to warrantless search and surveillance in a way that would be illegal and unconstitutional for any other US person. The whole apparatus of US intelligence can be brought to bear on someone who is considered an agent of a foreign power,” Steven Aftergood tells the Nation.

Dr. Fauci supported by thousands of current and former health officials, physicians, and scientific experts
Nearly 3,500 specialists, including FAS president Ali Nouri, have united against efforts to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s leading scientific experts. Science, not misinformation, should be front and center in the public discourse. Read about it here.

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