Finally... my first conspiracy theory post.
This morning, listening to NPR on WRVO out of Oswego, New York, I heard an interview on the Diane Rehm Show of an author who has written about a city destroyed by a massive explosion in Texas in 1947:
In his book City on Fire (HarperCollins) Journalist Bill Minutaglio writes about the massive explosion that ripped through the thriving port of Texas City, Texas, in 1947, killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands. The tragedy prompted landmark legal battles against the U.S. government.In the interview it was explained how the US government had ensured post-WWII continuation of production of an explosive chemical through facilitating its secondary use as a fertilizer. The chemical was ammonium nitrate and was moving through Texas City by the shipload when it blew in 1947. Sound familiar? This is the same chemical which was used to blow up the Oklahoma federal building in 1995 and, two years earlier, in the first World Trade Centre bombing. At the time of the Oklahoma bombing, all I heard was this was a matter of a common fertilizer being used for evil purposes. Similarly, you can find comments like this on web conspiracy sites:
Some of the terrible fertilizer explosions -- Oklahoma City and the World Trade Center -- were intentional. But I finished high school in the logging town of Roseburg, Oregon the same year Texas City burned. Twelve years later, in 1959, a truck delivering six tons of fertilizer parked overnight in downtown Roseburg. Loggers needed it to blow up large stumps. Lay a sack of fertilizer and a quarter stick of dynamite on a stump -- good-bye stump! This time, someone dropped a cigarette into a trash barrel next to the truck. The fire detonated the truck at 2:00 AM. Luckily the downtown was almost empty. Thirteen people died nevertheless, and the devastation was total over an area six blocks in diameter.As the Eisenhower government - to ensure a supply of explosives for the Cold War - now seems to have maintained wartime production levels by creating a large but previously non-existent peacetime market for the chemical as fertilizer, didn't they not also hand out the tools used later by terrorists knowing full well what it could do? Apparently the stuff is so pervasive that to now retract what is really an armament from public use would undermine US industrial agriculture.