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To: Fedora
I don't know- just came to me when you posted that list. I remember the news stories floating around in the 80s, all regular news sources, no 'fringe' sources. There may have been reports in Aviation Week or Janes' since I was reading that sort of material quite a bit back then. Unfortunately there was no FR, so I never did hunt up online information. The last time someone brought it up it was one of my profs in the late eighties who was nvolved in early SDI research; he took us all over to his house to see the system an aerospace company had provided him for his work and he mentioned it offhand, but I hadn't thought much about it since. Most of the deaths were in Europe, as I recall.
35 posted on 04/27/2004 11:54:03 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa
Thanks. I will keep my eye open for that in the future when I read things about SDI. It interests me for a number of reasons, the one probably most directly related to the thread being that I'm wondering if any of the Russian scientists/spies involved in bioweapons research in the 1990s had penetrated SDI in the 1980s. It also reminds me that Edward Teller had a lot of enemies in the scientific community back then; I'm speculating that some of them may have gone over to the Soviet side out of "pacificistic" opposition to SDI, much as Bohr and Oppenheimer did in the 1940s when they short-sightedly thought they would deter world war by bringing the Russians into the a/h-bomb programs (cf. Edward Teller: "In 1953 Teller was appointed as professor at the University of California. The following year Teller was a key witness against his colleague, Robert Oppenheimer, who was considered a security risk because he objected to the development of the hydrogen bomb."). I remember quite a bit of the early literature on SDI demonized Teller by citing scientific colleagues who were opposed to his recommendations on SDI and related areas; as I'm thinking about what you're saying I'm now wanting to go back and see who the scientists opposed to Teller were and who they knew. Also, I'm recalling a discussion I had with a friend who used to teach nuclear physics at the CERN in Europe, and as were discussing the WMD controversy I noticed in one article that Iraq had managed to place a scientist in one of the European nuclear research centers--I think the CERN but I'm not sure without checking.
37 posted on 04/28/2004 12:24:47 AM PDT by Fedora
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