Nukewatch Quarterly Winter 2021-2022
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebr., introduced a bill October 7 to designate the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum outside Omaha “America’s National Museum of the Cold War.” Two weeks later a federal grand jury indicted Rep. Fortenberry on charges of lying and hiding evidence of illegal campaign contributions. Fortenberry’s bill would add to an extensive national effort to make believe nuclear weapons are quaint and a thing of the past. Fortenberry even said in a statement: “The Strategic Air Command in Bellevue, Nebraska was the literal and figurative ‘ground zero’ for thermonuclear exchange during the Cold War.” [emphasis added]. StratCom is more ground zero now than during the cold war, when it controlled Air Force weapons, as it now controls the entire US nuclear arsenal including submarine-launched missiles. Nuclear war wildlife or theme parks already operate at the “B Reactor” at Hanford in Washington State; the plutonium machining site in Rocky Flats, Colorado; a closed missile silo near Fargo, North Dakota; a retired ICBM launch control center and missile silo in South Dakota; a Titan Missile site by Tucson, Arizona; a 1,000-person fallout shelter in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; and a planned “Manhattan Project National Historic Park” inside the Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee.