March 14, 2002 – National Missile Defense: Blowing The Whistle On Bad Science So the question becomes: Why is the national missile shield as seemingly unstoppable as the missiles it purports to destroy? And what will it take for this story to penetrate Washington’s defenses against critical information affecting national policy?

“The government’s system of checks and balances has badly failed at every level throughout this process,” missile defense expert and MIT professor Ted Postol told me. “What it’s going to take now is stirring the public imagination and outrage.” Perhaps it will take dramatizing Nira Schwartz’s story and turning her into the Erin Brockovich of the nuclear arms debate.

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