In the eyes of those who developed the nuclear industry, the dilemma was severe. Though this direct confrontation between working class science and rulership was final, it had fallen into martial context. Limited by the demands of that consortium, the further development of the nuclear power potential beyond weaponry would be frozen. From the military perspective, the situation called for diplomatic prudence. The strong hand was on their side of the table. Nuclear power had become a token of the struggle between two castes, and it was not one which was likely to be undone by ordinary measures. Control was out of the question now. Those who had the secrets, all the secrets, were not going to share them. Thought to be the exclusive property of a singular House military agency, those who held the secrets forgot the larger perspectives of international espionage. The soft military coups-d’etat prevailed until an unexpected occurrence reestablished balance in the world equation.
Secrets, however tightly bound in walls and prisons of steel, will out In an incident which, in this light remains suspicious, a nuclear technician passed the secrets of nuclear power to Communist agents. In a short time, through the auspices of one, Klaus Fuchs, the Soviet Union developed its own nuclear arsenal. In this seemingly inexplicable manner, the deadlock had been broken from the outside world. Fuchs worked in at the University of Birmingham on the gaseous diffusion. He and three other technicians, each working under the British aegis, passed critical information. It is most curious that the paradoxical Armand Hamer, an industrialist who made his home in Communist Russia, so freely travelled between Europe and Moscow without any security requirements. Hamer seemed to be the principle financier of the Bolshevik Revolution. Creating and maintaining the Soviet Union as a business enterprise, one in which he alone held the title deed, forms the basis of suspicions surrounding the theft of nuclear secrets.
It was well known that Hamer’s movements in the Soviet Union were so highly respected that Soviet Premiers would personally await his arrivals. Debarking from his private jet, a Soviet military escort brought him to the gates of his large private mansion. Even in his absence, servants worked around the clock, and throughout the year; an aristocratic throne in a communist nation. Before engaging any kind of international action, Soviet Premiers went to Hamer for permissions and advisements. Thus poised against all flags, Hamer seemed to be much more than his popular image portrays. More than an unusual Old World privateer. The facts made sense only if Hamer was indeed an Oligarch. Perhaps then, an Oligarch of pernicious and world dominating ambitions? If so, then he was the prime opposition of oligarchs which exercise their power throughout North America, the prime enemy of the North American Oligarchy (the NAO). The surreptitious acquisition of nuclear secrets from the outside effectively broke the world exclusive power which United States military so prized.
Were Fuchs a product of the unexpected, a wildcard, his was an unusual and suspect background. Not randomly selected from the deck of intellectuals, Fuchs was as rigorously searched as was Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer. Fuchs was not, however, harassed over his affiliations with members of the communist party as was Dr. Oppenheimer. Mysteriously, neither the character of Fuchs nor the sincerity of his national loyalties were ever brought into question, as was Dr. Oppenheimer. Was Fuchs a possible “plant”, deliberately infiltrating the Los Alamos site with a predetermined agenda to leak atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. This action was highly organized and arranged, one which probably occurred in 1946. Fuchs emigrated back to England, where he continued working in the Atomic Research Station in Harwell. On his incarceration, Fuchs seemed resigned to his fate, confessing to treason on January 27, 1950. Fuchs was not executed, the usual punishment for such an offense. In an otherwise most curious affair, Fuchs was released after a decade in prison and sent to Eastern Germany.
Was he an agent working for the oligarch Armand Hamer? If breaking the deadlock on nuclear weapons was the goal of this individual, then Fuchs achieved for him the unimaginable. The result of this leak, and the subsequent development of nuclear weaponry in the Soviet Union, did more to destabilize the traditional form of world rulership than all the centuries of struggle preceding the incident. Considering the veracity of other oligarchies, both West and East, here now was a duality of power between which balanced the fate of the whole world. Having no world-priority on nuclear secrets now, the martial power in North America had been brought down. The coups was over. The situation did not require the actual possession of the secrets. They were virtually unimportant when considering the larger scope of tensions developed by the leak. The new twist on the nuclear age prompted a rapid development and deployment of batde-ready nuclear weapons systems. Military perceived the threat of hostile nuclear action as a new and terrifying war potential. Power was again refocussing in higher levels, where rule sought new protections. Greatly concerned over these mutually destructive potentials, directives were now issued to pursue development of fail-safe defensive and offensive systems. Nuclear arsenals would necessarily be proliferated, with an emphasis on blast yield.
It was during this time period that several divergent projects began, the real basis for all of our forthcoming discussions. The divergence of these projects encompassed a broad spectrum of technical potentials, each having their origins in phenomena produced by the release of nuclear energy. Here then is where our discussion finds its modem impetus, a consideration of the various technical products and applications of the nuclear military industry. Money was lavished on the military now, an incredible sponsorship having a seeming limidess supply. The thrust of all these sponsorships from the oligarchy was the protection of all regions, territories, and future potentials. Fear was the ruling stimulus, the foreign existence of nuclear arsenals being now the single greatest source of that fear. It was indeed known what nuclear actions would do. The thought that radioactive laden lands would be the inheritance of oligarchic dynasties was worse than abhorrent. The extremity of their nuclear fear gripped the entire nation. This new attitude marked a defined break from Old World policies. This was a Nuclear Age in more ways that only a precursory examination of the phrase could suggest.
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