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Tuesday June 18th 2019Tim Candler9

 

    Some time in June of 1963, a couple of people handily broke into a very secret British government bunker and they photographed a whole bunch of top secret documents, which they then made into thousands of copies and distributed to the press and to the public. Not an easy thing to do, or keep the identity of the perpetrators secret, it was kind of bold of them. The first obvious assumption would be: "Gosh! They must have been highly trained secret agents of a foreign power. But why would they distribute it to the press? A whole lot of sinister subversive type reasons why they'd do that for a foreign power." And back then it was always the Russians. But not necessarily. One argument is that the secret agents were a band of British citizens who wanted to demonstrate the veracity of a British Government White Paper which in 1957 had insisted that there was no feasible defense against a nuclear war. The stolen documents were the work of an unelected committee charged with exploring the possibilities of what to do in the event of a nuclear war. The evidence the committee had been presented with took account of what the aftermath of a nuclear war would look like and the committee's conclusion had been that basically the only way to even begin to manage the aftermath of such a war was some kind of highly efficient military dictatorship, and important people locked safely away in hardened shelters until the all clear was sounded in a couple of hundred, maybe a thousand years time perhaps. 

 

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   The pamphlet that accompanied the distributed copies of the documents claimed the essential motivation behind the committee's work was on the behalf of a small group of the power hungry who having accepted the probability of a nuclear war had decided it would be a perfect opportunity for them to take over the country and they were quietly plotting their cause and tactics toward that end. The documents authors claimed that was nonsense and while they were pretty convinced that in the event of a nuclear war nothing much would remain of the United Kingdom they nonetheless still had to come up with some sort of a plan, and try to make the most of it and of course you had to make sure the Queen was safe. The problem was their plan was secret, very few people knew about it, and it was this intense secrecy in an open society that detractors reckon was jolly suspicious. Oddly during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 the plan was never raised by the British Government, the initial preparatory phases never implemented or its existence even mentioned. Stranger still, while a couple of people were arrested and questioned not a single culprit was ever found. Then in the early part of the current century when a man called Nicolas Walter died his daughter announced that he'd been one of the perpetrators of the document theft. Nicolas Walter had written several books, on non-violence, humanism and how an atheist should face death. He'd been beaten up by English Muslims in 1989 for his position on blasphemy. And he'd once been arrested for letting off a bit of steam by yelling at Prime Minister Harold Wilson for supporting the Vietnam War.

  

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