The great Robert A. Heinlein published a short story entitled Solution Unsatisfactory in 1940.
The plot concerns a secret project to develop an atomic bomb to combat Nazi Germany, but the scientists involved with the project face insurmountable problems. Eventually the idea is hit upon to use the radioactive wastes from their experiments, ground up into a dust, which could be released downwind from enemy cities. The inhabitants of the city would all die in a few days, and the city itself would be poisoned by radioactivity for some years afterwards.
I have no idea if Gen. Douglas MacArthur was a Heinlein fan or not, but he suggested the same scheme during the Korean War. He publicly said that radioactive waste could be used to create an impassable minefield between the Communists and the Allies. That way the US could still use a nuclear weapon of a sort without goading the Soviets into using their own atomic bombs.
It seems that a few formerly secret documents have been released to the media, and the author of this Associated Press news article thinks he has some sort of scoop. A study was made in 1948 to use radioactive waste as a weapon, years after Heinlein came up with the idea (and published it in the most popular science fiction magazine in the world), and years before MacArthur stole it as his own (and stood up in front of the newsreel cameras to publicly explain the scheme to the entire free world).
Oh my gosh! Stop the presses!
Admittedly, the thing the reporter keeps going on about is how the study looked into using radioactive agents as assassination tools. The author even admits that the free world never tried it, while the Russians seem to have perfected the technique. But he still seems to think that 59 year old documents which discuss weapons we never used to be some sort of newsworthy event.
You know, I want to have a romantic relationship with Jessica Alba. I just don’t think it will ever happen.
Oh my gosh! Stop the presses! There’s a famous and attractive actress who will never sleep with me!
Cross posted at Hell in a Handbasket.)