Stealing the Atom Bomb: How Denial and Deception Armed Israel

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9781515083917: Stealing the Atom Bomb: How Denial and Deception Armed Israel

In the mid 1960s, hundreds of kilograms of highly enriched uranium went missing from a nuclear fuel manufacturing plant called NUMEC in Apollo, PA. From the time the Atomic Energy Commission first discovered that significant amounts of this atom-bomb-making material were missing, there was a concern that it went to Israel because of the connection between the plant’s owners and Israeli nuclear and intelligence officials. Because of the enormously high stakes involved, denial and deception have clouded the affair for half a century. Although the AEC, its successor agency the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the FBI, the CIA, the Congressional Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, the General Accounting Office, the National Security Council, the Defense Intelligence Agency, two committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and four presidential administrations purported to investigate what became of the uranium, they never found it. They all acknowledged that the material might have made its way to Israel, and some in high position were certain it went there, but, until recently, proof was veiled in secrecy. This book brings together for the first time recently discovered personal papers of the lead CIA agent, recently declassified files of NRC, GAO, FBI and CIA, and interviews of U.S. government investigators. The author is an engineer who led a 1977 NRC investigation of the affair that was thwarted by unwarranted secrecy and interagency bumbling. This book culminates years of research to get at the facts and set the record straight.

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"Mattson was known at NRC for his direct manner and willingness to voice unvarnished opinions. He has done it again in this very interesting book—the research is most impressive.” J. Samuel Walker, former historian of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and author of Three Mile Island: A Nuclear Crisis in Historical Perspective.

"As the possible spread of nuclear weapons continues to trouble the Middle East, this extensively documented book is a timely reminder that nuclear proliferation began there, in Israel, in the 1960s. Mattson's meticulous research spotlights the core question for Americans: why, in 2016, are U.S. intelligence agencies still trying to hide how Israel obtained U.S. Navy uranium to make its first bombs?" Margaret Ryan, former editor of Nucleonics Week.

"What a painstaking book! It needed to be done and Mattson hit the right reason, which is the moral one. This is a mighty work about tragic legal and political failings that will inform curious people for generations." John Fialka, former reporter on intelligence, military and energy for the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Star.

“This book is painstakingly researched and gracefully written. I am floored, really, at its portrait of my father; I can almost feel his ironic gratitude to the author. I see here the careful balance my father maintained, reckless forces all around, guided by his own principles.” John Hadden, playwright, director and author of Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me.

"Stealing the Bomb is the definitive book about how and why a team of spies and their American associate diverted U.S. weapons-grade uranium into the Israeli nuclear weapons program—and why the American government never did anything about it." Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy and author of Divert!

"No one has done a more thorough analysis of the disappearance of bomb-grade uranium from a U.S. plant in the 1960s, and the evidence points to an Israeli operation.” Victor Gilinsky, former Commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

"This is the most authoritative account of the 1960s diversion from the United States of highly enriched uranium that was used to accelerate Israel’s nuclear weapons program. In meticulous detail, citing hundreds of internal U.S. government documents, Mattson exposes the lies of senior U.S. and Israeli government officials in their efforts to cover up the diversion and protect the perpetrators; and he reveals how the CIA continues to needlessly classify 40-50 year old documents that could give U.S. citizens and federal authorities a full accounting of this shameful blotch on our government’s conduct." Thomas B. Cochran, Ph.D.

“This is a well written and important book. How did Israel become a nuclear weapons state and what roles, if any, did U.S. government agencies and political leaders play? Mattson’s book provides a major resource to those seeking answers to these questions.” William Dircks, former Executive Director for Operations, Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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ISBN 10: 1515083918 ISBN 13: 9781515083917
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