Scott Horton Interviews Gordon Prather

Scott Horton, April 13, 2009

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Gordon Prather, former nuclear weapons physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, discusses the broken deals that prompted Iran to establish an independent nuclear program, the near-impossibility of Iran making secret nuclear weapons under IAEA supervision, Carter-era restrictions on nuclear power generation and the Bush administration’s attack on the international non-proliferation regime.

MP3 here. (40:35)

Physicist James Gordon Prather has served as a policy implementing official for national security-related technical matters in the Federal Energy Agency, the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Department of Energy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department of the Army.

5 Responses to “Gordon Prather”

  1. According to former Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge-www.plrc.org-the Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability. According to Bob Aldridge the US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously. Please see the article by Keir Lieber and Daryl Press, “The Rise of US Nuclear Primacy” in the 2006 March/April issue of Foreign Affairs. Even if it´s only for blackmail, the Russians may have no choice but implementing Launch On Warning. Bob Aldridge resigned because a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability is suicidal.

  2. Gordon Prather states:

    “South Africa never tested their nuclear weapons”

    A penny for Mr. Prather’s thoughts regarding the Vela incident?

    Great show, thanks Scott.

  3. The problem is not the “yukka mountain” it is more like Somalia. According to Somalia’s WDN news the EU has been dumping its nuclear refuse in Somali waters for years now. That refuse washed up on Somali shores in the wake of the 2004 tsunami making several people seriously ill.

  4. A First-Strike Capability won´t be complete without the missiles in Poland to shoot down any surviving Russian missiles. Minuteman-3s and Trident-2 D 5s linked to NAVSTAR obtain a CEP of 30-40 metres, enough to destroy any hard target. Even if it´s only for blackmail, the Russians may have no choice but implementing Launch On Warning. Bob Aldridge resigned because a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability is suicidal.

  5. Claus-Erik Hamle: the US Navy CANNOT take out Russian submarines, and certainly not simultaneously. That is simply absurd.

    Secondly, the domestic Russian versions of the S-300 and S-400 systems are more than capable of taking out most the ICBMs that US would launch.

    Third, Russia’s nukes (Topol, Bulava, others) are superior and not stoppable. On top of that US air defenses are vastly inferior to Russia’s and highly unlikely to even stop the thousands of older warheads that Russia would certainly launch en masse – i sure as hell would.

    As far as i know, Russia ALREADY has “launch on warning” policy since it is obvious to them – if not anyone else – that the USA’s intent has ALWAYS been to first strike Russia. On top of that, some individual commanders have a green light to retaliate Without orders from Moscow.

    You’re right about one thing: attacking Russia would be suicide.
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    Regarding this interview: by hook or by crook Iran NEEDS to make several dozen deliverable warheads or face eventual attack by Israel or USA or some ugly “NATO” alliance creature, if not by this bubblehead of president then surely the next Zionist turd to occupy the Whore House.

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