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the deep state. others may call them the shadow government because they are effecting their own bureaucratic wishes rather than the will of the people. donald trump termed it the swamp, which is the term most americans immediately understand because washington at one point really was a swamp. the creatures coming out of the and fightinging for their turf. >> watch "afterwards" on c-span2's book tv. >> american history tv is looking back 50 years to the concerns of 1968. up next, nuclear attack preparedness procedures: survived the fight. this u.s. air force training film was released in april of that year, traumatizing facilities at a nuclear base
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following an attack. ms. cold war artifact outlines assessing damage, stabilizing and securing the base and communications, and offering medical treatment for radiation exposure. this is about 22. -- 22 minutes. ♪ >> [sirens]
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> [explosion] ringing] [chatter] >> command post.
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time, 20:34 hours. status of these, unknown. -- of base, unknown. command post rings in control centers. atders, recover and look - base. deployed damage assessment teams. casualty assessment teams. and assessment teams deployed to assist total base condition, instructions to assess and report. especially report. you call us, because if you don't, we'll call you.
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assess and report. and no umbrellas. rain, we'llts to let you know. command post, 20:36 hours. aircraft successfully dispersed at 20;18 hours. two aircraft detached on bomb assessment missions. security reports three fires, facility weapons storage, one major. ruptured gas lines in hangar two. fires in bo2 block one. damage in vehicle repair shop. medical control center reports casualties. one first aid detached. civil engineers control reports heavy damage among forward equipment. equipment at west dispersal
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point needed urgently. transportation dispatches one people with four drivers to dispersal with instructions to run the runway. callout 20:50 to 20;55 hours. 20 minutes to go. weeks,t was weeks, 20 and just as urgent. expedient shelter needed to be made out of base resources. disaster preparedness survey secure a jet and three unused emilie parker with a protection -- unused ammo bunkers with a protection factor of 500. they were good, but just a start. better dispersal was needed. four trips of five minutes in radiation is 20 minutes lost. not delayed, lost.
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in 20 minutes, you can arm an airplane. and shelters were needed, the only expedient materials at hand were perforated steel plugs. -- steel planks. they met the basic requirements. they would house men. weree ground level, sites set up in a shelter nucleus. simple wooden arches were prepared to support the psp. the sasures for ndbagged. this is expedient shelter. a few feet of sand to cut off radiation. eight shelters of this kind were completed from base resources. by then, we were at devcon for. -- at defcon 4.
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ringing] >> 20:45 hours. status of base, burning. fires burning out of control into adjacent quarters. ne fires reportedw near bunker generator. civil control reports tower unstable and hazardous. command post request information on progress of runway clearance. swedberg reports occasional debris beyond its capacity. waiting for a factor over clearing taxi lane. can the debris be cleared by hand? yes. workforce dispatched to assist.
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communication control specialists are dispatched to assess base damage. with two more to be dropped off to neutralize powerlines and block storage. civil engineer reports surviving equipment. all priority demands being met. equipment status picture complete. all units concentrate within weapons storage area, except two units detached to medical bunker. workforce removing tires from storage with, waters to abandon the buildings. extinguish hangar two for gas
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leaks. generator.o request orders. defcon 3, base personnel have been recalled, and the base disaster preparedness plan in effect. the base was being hardened for battle. ♪
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20:47 hours, medical personnel report to hospital shelter to report casualties. 23 recoverable cases received. more information coming in from the field sorting teams.
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nonmedicald, personnel organized the dispatch of casualties report 20 more recoverable wounded on the way. six nonrecoverable casualties for terminal care and second priority transportation. four dead. andt 30 men for first aid returned to duty. medical control released the information. command post acknowledges. initial recovery almost complete. all casualties accounted for. priority fires out or under control. abandoned fires stable or offering no threat. loss of power and emergency plans in effect. damage at base nonrecoverable, but priorities established. 20:59 hours. andf reports new casualties
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collapse of entire storage building. one aircraft coming back with fire warning lights. shelter monitor reports radiation. it's here. upon detection of radiation, follow procedures described in afm355-1 will be immediately observed. no personnel will leave shelter without orders of the controlling agency. briefing teams were -- supplies and equipment were being installed and checked into shelters. , water,supplies, food
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sanitation equipment. forms and displays were set out. as communications were installed and tested, exposure control stations were equipped. dosage forms, accumulated dosage charts also tested. blowers had been checked out regularly on a weekly basis. this was their final test. the fuel was topped off. 2.were true defcon was 21:10 hours. fire chief reports priority missions accomplished. fire storage densities dispatched to hospital. returning aircraft on emergency
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landing. fire casualties received to hospital. command post requests dosage report on personnel involved. [chatter] command post, this is oxnard tower. , eight an emergency, six miles out. fire warning lights. signaling approach.
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>> roger. >> time, 21;27 hours. inside a closed vehicle, radiation cut by half. --ide the hospital in the command post, the roof covered are given a dosage status. the crew with an average dosage of 90 rad are prioritized. base command orders ramp washdown. 21:50 hours.ks at
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160.nter of washed area, 22:20 hours. base reported operational. unable to recover aircraft. recover and report estimated time to launch. assess ability to refit aircraft from that old image. also advised estimated duration of battle capability. this morning, base capability under fall act was only an estimate, but it was based on study and effort. the test was faced with confidence. it was defcon 1. aircraft were readied accordingly. ♪
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by afternoon, shelters were manned and functioning as a coordinated group. [sirens] attack warning came at 20:15 hours. no more planning. no more preparation. this was it. time, 22:30 hours. throughh 400p in
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roentgens per hour. rotation maintenance personnel given a predicted those of 58 rad for the mission. -- dose of 58 rad for the mission.
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narrator: time, 23:05 hours. maintenance control reports second rotation control dispatched. first rotation personnel coming in. average prichard dose to complete turnaround, 62 rad. first rotation personnel are converted to actual. dm requests six specialist for an estimated hours worth on defective airplanes. four specialists reported with minimal doses. couldn't they accomplish the work with -- could they accomplish the work with nonspecialist assistance? they could. four personnel dispatched for maintenance assistance. maintenance control reports turnaround on his schedule. communications control reports
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loss of emergency comm. two specialists now investigating. trouble is reported recoverable. assistance of two more specialists requested. can one do the job? but one specialist is best. relayon advised by comm of group readiness. stand by. firefighters control report intensity high. five men showing signs of radiation sickness. all dosage levels rising faster than anticipated. request permission to go outside and wash down the roof. permission denied. firefighters ordered evacuated to maintenance bunker. manpower personnel given 20 minutes state time -- stay time to assist.
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>> time, 23:40 hours. fourth hour of operation from shelter. command post reports launch accomplished. no replacements for radiation casualties claimed immediately. the base is ready for further orders. ♪ >> you are watching american history tv, all weekend, every weekend on c-span3. to join the conversation like us
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