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To: BenLurkin; SAMWolf; PAR35
It was a tragic accident involving a cargo ship loaded with conventional munitions.

I've known the story of Port Chicago for years. I was really pleased a couple of years ago when JAG did an episode about clearing the name of one of the "mutineers" as a way to tell the story. And I think they did a pretty good job.

This report is the first time I've heard the alternate "theory" and I normally don't buy into tin foil hat stuff, however, this is pretty consistent information and the bona fides of the main proponent of this theory (a student of Edward Teller - Dr. Strangelove himself) are pretty impressive.

I don't buy it, anymore than I buy the "philadelphia experiment" crap, but I can't dismiss it the way I can other such stories. Particularly not with current evidence of higher than background radiation in an area consistent with the fall out from a low yield test device and the high incidence of cancers in the same area. I lived in the Bay Area for about 5 years and remember lots of speculation about the high cancer rates in that area.

5 posted on 07/18/2004 4:38:21 AM PDT by Phsstpok (often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: Phsstpok
The cancer (and even the radiation) may be due to other environmental factors. the area around Pittsburg (CA) is a pretty busy place.
8 posted on 07/18/2004 10:34:38 AM PDT by BenLurkin ("A republic, if we can revive it")
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To: Phsstpok

The damage at Port Chicago looks to be less or on par with Texas City or Halifax. If you want elevated cancer levels, check out the area around the Texas City blast. Of course, they have all sorts of nasty stuff in the air and water around the petrochemical plants there.


10 posted on 07/18/2004 4:46:12 PM PDT by PAR35
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