On Thu, 15 Jun 2000, John Clark wrote:
> The US government will admit to having built 400 backpack nukes, they
> thought they might be useful in sabotage if they wanted to destroy something
> really big like a major dam. It weighed 58 pounds, could be deployed by one
> man, and exploded with a force of 800 tons of TNT. I'm sure they have
> classified stuff that's much better nowadays because that was back in 1964.
I have "friends" who "hypothetically" carried such devices on covert ops
in foreign countries. I also have it on good authority that there are
several Russian devices of similar construction believed to be in CONUS.
The general philosophy of the U.S. government is to keep the relative
idiots from transporting nukes into the country. "Rational" and
intelligent enemies don't represent nearly as big a threat, even if they
do have the capability.
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