To commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the first Bikini Atoll nuclear tests, the nonprofit National Security Archive has published declassified footage of the Able and Baker “shots” in the summer of 1946. –Maritime Executive
These new photos and films of the Bikini Atoll atom bomb blast seem artifical.
The most obvious, apparent fakery can be seen in the “Baker” atom-bomb test, HERE. The nuclear blast emerges from the water (the bomb was some 30 meters down) and looks exactly like other images of nuclear explosions.
It doesn’t seem hampered by the water at all. The plumes are the same, the smoke is the same.
But it gets even stranger. The bomb goes off with a tremendous explosion, but the ships around the explosion don’t seem to move. They don’t even rock back and forth.
Finally the wave from the blast overcomes some of them and after that the results are hidden.
Why would a bomb of that magnitude detonate without having an immediate impact on the ships around it?
Due to the shockwave, shouldn’t have been flung backward as soon as the bomb detonated?
Instead they just float until the waves actually overcome them.
Is the film in slow motion? Or parts of it?
We asked Anders Björkman for his reaction. We don’t present him as an “expert,” merely as a self-proclaimed skeptic who has strong, even shocking, opinions on these issues. You can see his interview HERE.
This is what he wrote to us:
The video is lousy, but, anyway, if I recall the Bikini A-bomb was at 30 meters of depth when ignited. If so, then all the water in the atoll should be lit up, but it is not. Three seconds later we see a trunk of water rising but the atoll is still full of water with the ships floating on top. I would have expected all water/ships to be ejected outwards by the bomb shock wave. Not seen. And all the ships are floating.
We believe this is a credible reaction. The water in the atoll is not roiled. The ships don’t seem to move, or not much. The water around the blast is not illuminated by the explosion.
The camera and the plane seem rather close for an explosion of the magnitude of Baker. In fact, this Baker test is in line with other films we have seen documenting the early successes of the US nuclear program.
Perhaps it is just what it purports to be, but we have difficulty accepting that it has not been tampered with, especially given other films that seem to raise similar question.
We recently reported on nuclear rocket conversions in Vietnam, HERE. In fact, the nuclear rocket program of that time was extremely controversial. In the 1950s, the Pentagon bowed to public pressure and a single special test was held to reassure people about the program and the “Genie” rockets named after a Walt Disney film, HERE:
It is surprising that this sort of testing was accepted as legitimate, given the absence of the general public. Handpicked witnesses. a single army narrator and a special camera-man from “Lookout Mountain” comprise the “witnesses … The photo provided doesn’t look especially convincing, either.
In fact, ludicrously, the film cuts away from the explosion just before it is triggered. Finally, comes the explosion, all alone on the screen, devoid of markers that ensure its legitimacy.
Conclusion: Over and over, the Pentagon offers up video evidence regarding nukes that seen with today’s eyes can be considered either flawed or questionable. The new Bikini Atoll footage does not in our view advance the credibility of the Pentagon nor the documentation of its weapons programs.
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