The more research I do on the Nevada Test Site the more open I am to the concept of conspiracy and deadly cover-ups.  

In 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m., the first atom bomb is successfully tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  Plans for the creation of a uranium bomb by the Allies was established as early as 1939, when Italian physicist Enrico Fermi met with U.S. Navy department officials at Columbia University to discuss the use of fissionable materials for military purposes. This same year Albert Einstein wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt supporting the theory that an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction had enormous potential as a weapon of mass destruction. In February 1940, the federal government granted a total of $6,000 for research. But in early 1942, with the United States now at war with the Axis powers, officials feared Germany was working on its own uranium bomb.  The War Department took a more active involvement, and limits on resources for the project were removed.  The policy of no limits on resources remain in effect today.

Recent declassified material reveals deliberate government and military involvement threatening soldiers and civilians alike.

In 1950 the Atomic Energy Commission considered many sites in the U.S. for nuclear weapons development and effects testing. They decided on the Las Vegas Bombing and Gunnery Range. After all, they reasoned, Nevada was just a God-forsaken wilderness populated by wild horses, snakes and sagebrush.  On December 18, 1950, President Harry Truman authorized the establishment of a 680 square mile portion of the Gunnery Range as the Nevada Proving Grounds. Under the authority of President Truman, the AEC then designated and managed this large area of Nevada. In 1955, the name of the site was changed to the Nevada Test Site. Overtime the site rapidly expanded from its original 680 acres. The Nevada Test Site claimed more land for testing in 1958, 1961, 1965, 1967, and in 1999.  The Test Site is now 1,350 square miles or 864,000 acres . . . larger than the State of Rhode Island.

Underground nuclear testing began at the Nevada Test Site in September of 1961. The Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (AFSWP remember this anacronym) originally planned underground tests to be conducted off the coast of Alaska. As soon as the Nevada Test Site was approved, the AFSWP decided they’d get more bang for their buck if tests took place in Nevada.  The object was to create a more comprehensive map of fallout. 

Tests served various purposes: the impact of nuclear weapons had on the physical environment; man-made structures like military equipment; searching for possible peaceful uses of these weapons; testing the strength and effectiveness of new weapons; testing the ability of existing weapons to withstand a nuclear blast; and studying the effects of nuclear fallout. Other tests directly involved military personnel conducting operations near atomic ground zero which is the point on the earth’s surface closest to the detonation of a bomb.  The purpose of these tests was to develop new battleground tactics.

When testing began the government was confident meteorologists could predict weather and wind patterns to help prevent radiation from spreading.  Recent unclassified documents revealed radioactive fallout drifted across most of the United States.  Particles which spread, such as iodine-131, enter the body through contaminated food, drinks, or air, and eventually lead to cancer or birth defects. While the testing occurred, especially in the 1950s, residents did not know of possible health risks.

The United States government and military leaders alike should be prosecuted for war crimes.

The only conclusion which can possibly drawn from these official statements from the Atomic Energy Commission and the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project is they KNEW about the deadly effects of radiation.  What should be perceived as a war crime is deliberate testing on soldiers and civilians.  The radioactive dust from the Nevada Test Site is picked up by the west-east jet streams and deposited across the United States.  Government and military officials alike are responsible for the spread of cancer-causing dust.  Millions of deaths will ultimately be attributed to the dropping of Atomic bombs 65 miles north of Las Vegas.

All these elements are combined in a murder mystery set in Las Vegas.  The plot of Glitter involves government officials and military leaders involved in a cover-up at the Test Site, where a devastating nuclear accident has taken place.  Glitter is available on Amazon in either a Kindle edition of printed book.  It’s a work of fiction . . . or is it?