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Operation LAC & Jamison Family Disappearance

This week RJ looks at another potential origin for a common conspiracy theory, but this one was proven to be true. It also may have deadly consequences, even if some of the theories are a bit shaky. Rachel looks at some people with some really hillbilly names that went missing… Or did they? Oh wait, they did. The question is… Who did it?

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  1. To be fair to the Army, it was the 50s. Science, in general, hadn’t yet associated low-yield radioactive substances to long term health effects, or to the toxic effects of many non-radioactive substances. As Rachel pointed out, we were still using lead paint until the 50s and 60s. In addition to that, the Cold War felt like a very real threat. Above-ground nuclear testing was still going on, and fallout from Nevada was just beginning to cause problems in Utah, and, the discovery of the jet stream was big news, too.

    Naturally, the powers that be would want to study up on airborne material dispersal. How would people do that? Get some dusty chemicals that’d be easily distinguishable from general environmental dust, create a dispersal system, and a collection system.

    By going to all this kind of trouble, it could be predicted what other “downwinders” would be affected when (not “if”, “when”) the Reds’ missiles struck Los Angeles, San Francisco, and various other population centers. Keep in mind that the missiles wouldn’t necessarily have to cross the Pacific. They could go over the North Pole, and get NYC, Chicago, DC, Toronto, Montreal, Saint Louis, and even Tulsa, D/FW, and other places.

    That’s a LOT of wind study, and was likely deemed a justifiable risk, compared to being caught flat footed in the aftermath of a nuclear exchange, and having no clue where to predict safe zones and contamination zones.

    To make the mindset a little more relatable, consider the Interstate Highway system. (Not the US highways, which have existed since the 30s). The Interstates have, at least every 5 miles, a straight, flat (not necessarily level, but, flat) mile of pavement with no overhead power lines. Why? Those straight-flat areas were designed to be possible impromptu airstrips in the event that our USAF bases were compromised.

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