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Missile Systems / Massachusetts Reaction #442667

NBC Evening News for Friday, Jan 31, 1969
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(Studio) Evidence points to Americans being annoyed with federal government Defense Department wants to build costly system to protect United States from enemy missiles, although many experts say it won't work. Missile systems to be built in 20 places; people around sites oppose them.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(N. Andover, Massachusetts) Anti-missile base to be built near national guard camp; missiles to be stored in underground silos.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

(Reading, Massachusetts) 1,000 at high school for hearing on ABM; hear officers tell what base would mean to town, new jobs, etc. Villager asks if consent given to build base there. [Brigadier Gin. Robert YOUNG - doesn't know if consent given or needs to be given.] [VILLAGER - offers copy of constitution; doesn't think Young defending it.] Participant asks if Boston won't be primary target for attack with system there. [YOUNG - not in position to make policy.] Crowd yells out comments. [YOUNG - not expert in nuclear safety or design.] Crowd has expert with them, Dr. George Rathjens, MIT, who did research on anti-ballistic missiles for Pentagon and opposes them. [RATHJENS - explosion produces total destruction of human life for 5 mile Risk could be removed by moving missile systems to less populated areas.] Prepared statements ignored by crowd. Base preparations continue.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

Briggs, Fred;
Brinkley, David

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