Those of you living inside the United States of America, during the time America's first Atomic
was created, will know which city in Tennessee was nicknamed "The Atomic City“. Those of you who still have no idea, the city's real
name is Oak Ridge
is located in East
, just outside KnoxVegas
(Knoxville) and is home to ORNL (Oak Ridge
National Laboratories). This compound was responsible for several key components used to create the Atomic Bomb.
Oak Ridge was established in 1942 as a production site for the Manhattan Project the
massive U.S. government operation that developed the atomic bomb. Scientific development still plays a crucial role in the city's economy and culture
The Manhattan was a massive effort to develop a catastrophic WMD (Weapon of Mass Destruction), the Atom Bomb.
The Manhattan Project began modestly in 1939, but grew to employ more than 130,000 people and cost nearly US$2 billion (roughly equivalent to
$25.8 billion as of 2012). Over 90% of the cost was for building factories and producing the fissionable materials, with less than 10% for development
and production of the weapons. Research and production took place at more than 30 sites, some secret, across the United States, the United Kingdom and
Two types of atomic bomb were developed during the war. A relatively simple gun-type fission weapon was made using uranium-235, an isotope that makes
up only 0.7 percent of natural uranium. Since it is chemically identical to the main isotope, uranium-238, and has almost the same mass, it proved
difficult to separate. Three methods were employed for uranium enrichment: electromagnetic, gaseous and thermal. Most of this work was performed at
Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
As you can see, Oak Ridge was a very important cog in the production of this terrible WMD. The development of the Atomic Bomb was, by no means, a
The United States and the British shared nuclear information, but did not initially combine efforts - this was an international undertaking, between 2
very powerful governments. Hopefully, in just a few minutes, you will understand how important that detail is, relative to this thread topic.
There is more information about the work between the British and the Americans, but it is not important for this thread’s content and context.
We all know just how important the research and development of the A-Bomb was. It had to be buried deeply under a mountain of secrecy. Allowing
hostile countries, or even the average US enlisted man or private sector citizen, to gain control of the project’s research would be a devastating
blow against the success of war efforts. Losing control of this information had the potential of being the worst mistake ever made in a war
A strategy had to be developed and followed precisely to keep the information and progress a secret, but how could that be done?… By hiding the
ENTIRE city and what was being done there.
The location and low population helped keep the town a secret, though the population of the settlement grew from about 3,000 in 1942 to about
75,000 in 1945, and the K-25 uranium-separating facility by itself covered 44 acres and was the largest building in the world at that time… …All
workers wore badges, and the town was surrounded by guard towers and a fence with seven gates.
The task of keeping the secret grew with the population, but it was able to remain secret. 75,000 people were, at least, somewhat aware of the
city’s purpose and others knew exactly what Oak Ridge (ORNL) was developing.
Even though tens of thousands of people in Oak Ridge, hundreds or even thousands of people in the U.K., and tens or hundreds of government officials
outside Oak Ridge knew what was being developed there - still, the secrecy remained intact.
How is that even possible? How could 100,000+ people keep a secret of this magnitude from being compromised?
The nuclear research and atomic discovery is arguably, in all of history, the most important research and discovery ever performed by humans. Some may
say that there is no other event in history that can be put on the same level as the discovery of Atomic Energy.
We have, possibly, the most important advancement in modern material science, over 100,000+ people knew it was being researched and developed, yet the
secrecy shrouding the project was never breached?
Sorry if I’m repeating myself, it’s just mind boggling to think a strategy for secrecy can be successful when the number of people involved is
To compound my amazement, the project lasted for several years and suffered no catastrophic breach. If a stranger on the street told me this, I
wouldn’t believe them - ever.
This is in the 9/11 forum because I believe there has been an argument that it would be impossible to maintain a secret of this caliber when there
would obviously have to be thousands of people involved to perpetrate it.
Oak Ridge proves that massive military/government secrecy can be maintained over an extended period of time and with an enormous number of people
9/11 would have required many people working together to accomplish the mission and keep it covered in secrecy in the weeks, months, and years that
After thinking about it a bit, the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima may display many similarities with the 9/11 attacks.
I do not know what had to take place prior to initiating the terrorist attack on NYC, DC, and Penn, but it must have taken plenty of time to create a
viable and believable scenario. There would have to be plenty of research, maybe years of research prior to 9/11 - it took plenty of time to research,
develop, and produce the A-Bomb.
9/11 took place in a matter of minutes and hours on that Tuesday morning - it took only a matter of minutes and hours to launch the nuclear strikes
The aftermath of WTC 9/11 was absolute destruction, killing thousands of civilians, and leaving hundreds of volunteers sick or dead from their
rescue/recovery attempts - the aftermath of Nagasaki and Hiroshima was absolute destruction, killing tens of thousands of civilians, and leaving
hundreds or thousands of victims sick and dying or already dead.
I just want to add that I am by no means an expert on what took place @ Oak Ridge during the ‘40s, outside what has been documented and archived -
even at that, I can’t be certain I am interpreting the accounts correctly. If the Oak Ridge history doesn’t sound accurate to you, please - by all
means, have a look for yourself and make up your own mind.
If I correctly understand the records relative to ORNL and the Manhattan Project , 75,000+ were capable of maintaining the secrecy of what could be
the pinnacle of human discovery, then keeping a lid on 9/11 seems very plausible.
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