Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Surf Your Way to Nuclear Secrets

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Surf Your Way to Nuclear Secrets

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Much about America's nuclear weaponry is supposed to be secret. But people with computers are beginning to realize much of it is not.

The federal government, especially the Defense Department, has quietly taken the lead in providing public access to vast amounts of national security information - nuclear and otherwise - that anyone with a computer and a modem can find.

In this age of the Internet (a Defense Department invention) you can, for example, "tour" a nuclear missile base in North Dakota, check out the inventory of nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers in Missouri, or try to make sense of the Pentagon's strategy for fighting and winning a nuclear war. Recognizing Americans' growing infatuation with the Internet's World Wide Web, two nongovernmental experts on nuclear weapons are publishing an on-line guide to more than 500 nuclear-related Web sites - most of them run by the government. "Even in an area traditionally as secretive as nuclear weapons, the Internet has transformed citizen access," said Robert S. …

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