One Point Safe

One Point Safe is an engaging and scary story about the safety and security of nuclear materials and weapons.

“One Point Safe. This precise term of weapons engineering refers to the standard that every U.S. weapon must meet, so that in case of an accident, the chance of its producing an explosion with a nuclear yield greater than four pounds of TNT is only one in a million.”

This description of security agencies that protect the U.S. from nuclear terrorism sounds similar to the findings of the 9-11 Commission: “Bungling, arrogance, logistical chaos and the unwillingness of agencies to communicate were paralyzing their ability to defuse the worst nightmare of the post-cold-war age.”

“Plutonium dust kills for at least 24,000 years. Wherever and however the dust might be ingested, breathed in, licked by mistake, it was the world’s most potent killer.”

“John Goggin, a veteran of the Manhattan Project… was eighty-one years old… The octogenarian walked slowly around the table. He studied the mysterious Building 33 as he walked around again… Tarmiya was an exact replica of John Googin’s building at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, home of the calutron weapons program… ‘The Iraqis took the unclassified information on the U.S. calutron program and then they innovated.'” The Iraqis were well on their way to enriching uranium to make weapons.