Blockbuster: The Dimona Meltdown and America’s Afghanistan Debacle – NEO


    By Gordon Duff and New Eastern Outlook, Established in 1816, a part of the Russian Academy of Science

    In and around 1990, Israel’s nuclear weapons facility at Dimona suffered a catastrophic accident, one documented by US security agencies and the IAEA from their observation post on Golan.

    This story is going to include documentation that will be necessary to add weight to assertions that totally vary from the false historical narrative.

    It is for the reader to decide which fits best with reality, such as it is.

    Our sources, highest, show that Israel began a massive destabilization effort against the US, funded by powerful financial interests, initially in order to access nuclear material to secure and expand its threatened nuclear arsenal.

    This destabilization effort included planning and execution of 9/11 as outlined by VT and leaked materials and through an independent European study as well.

    This event set other events into motion, culminating in 9/11 and decades of war, killed millions. The victims? The Middle East was laid waste, an ongoing process considering Syria, Lebanon and Yemen and the US government has periodically been overthrown in a series of rolling coups beginning with the rigged presidential election of 2000.

    It all may well have been brought on by Israel’s belief that its security was and is totally dependent on a deliverable nuclear arsenal, capable of threatening both friend and foe.

    A massive campaign of bribery and blackmail was unleashed inside the US, initially against the Clinton administration, in order to secure secret documents that would allow stolen nuclear “pits” from the Pantex depot in Amarillo, Texas to be remade into nuclear weapons to restock Israel’s collapsed inventory but also to sell to other nations as well, according to our sources at the IAEA.

    That effort moved a step further when deeply compromised George W. Bush was placed into the White House, a puppet president under the control of religious extremists and a cabal of neocons loyal primarily to Israel.

    Evidencing this, in ways even a child could comprehend, is two decades of history, fake intelligence leading to fake wars with real dead and America taking on the role of terror victim lashing out at everyone but those genuinely responsible.

    The “swamp” that is Washington DC made it all easy.

    There is no understanding of history without knowing of Dimona. The following is from a French (DGSE) report leaked to VT:

    1. The original French design for Dimona was for an 18 Mega Watt low pressure water cooled open top thermal plutonium production reactor with 144 fuel rods. Later increased to 24 MW thermal in the final design. It was originally built with a triple redundant cooling system (3 each, separate electrically powered cooling systems in parallel) Each cooling system was rated at 25 MW thermal for a total emergency cooling capacity of 75 MW thermal.

    All cooling circuits are externally electrically powered due to the low-pressure high-volume cooling design. With both an oil-fired steam power plant and a diesel-powered power plant for back up emergency electrical power. The steam plant also provides all military base electrical power plus extra steam for uranium and plutonium fuel processing.

    Each fuel rod is rated at 175 KW thermal. With heavy water added for fast breeder operation this was dangerously pushed up to 500KW per fuel rod for a total production rate of 75 MW thermal.

    2. A 75-megawatt thermal plant only produces about 25 MW of electrical power. They are only about 30% efficient max. The ratio is 3 to 1.

    3. If you run the reactor in fast breeder mode with heavy water, criticality issues become a serious problem. If you do not have excess cooling ability to handle an overload condition or if a circuit fails, you cannot cool down the reactor fast enough and a steam explosion caused by a flash over event will occur. This is what happened at Dimona during an online refiling cycle. (This is called fuel rod hot swamping.)

    The rods have to continuously be moved while undergoing radiation in order to even out the neutron flux density in the core preventing hot spots from building up. This guarantees that all rods are radiated at the same level in order to maximize plutonium production.

    4. Due to advanced neutron absorption in the reactor containment / pressure vessel, accelerated vessel wall corrosion and faulty welds (not 100% weld) in the fuel rod support structures. (They used copper cladded welding rods instead of stainless-steel welding rods.)

    The reactor failed sometime after 1988. (1990/91 and was site investigated by the US using our military attaché in Tel Aviv at that time)

    This was due to it being run at too high of a power level for too long. The containment / pressure vessel was never designed to be ran at this power level for long periods of time. They pushed the envelope and lost.

    5. The containment / pressure vessel failure was a combination of the steel casing becoming to brittle from excess neutron radiation at the 75 MW power level, forming micro cracks in the containment vessel side walls. Advanced corrosion of the containment vessels surface walls and the internal fuel rod support structure welds failing to due heavy neutron bombardment of the copper in the welds.

    6. Basically the welds that attached the fuel rod support racks to the side of the pressure vessel failed during a fuel rod removal procedure.
    At that power level a flash over event occurred causing a major steam explosion seriously damaging the reactors containment /pressure vessel, support structure and cooling system. The explosion was so severe that it cracked the concrete outer containment dome.

    7. The reactor was offline from about 1990 up to at least 1994. The Israelis required extensive French assistance in cleaning up the mess. All of the highly radioactive waste was eventually dumped in Mauritania because it was deemed too dangerous to dispose of in Israel. The Dimona reactor was so badly damaged that the French recommended that they just fill it full of cement and weld the door shut.

    8. This is an excerpt from the French DGSE report on the Dimona steam explosion to the DOE, circa 1994

    A later document from the IAEA confirms this French report, this is an excerpt from that report:

    “The Dimona steam explosion was caused by a prompt criticality event and the initial mechanism of destruction was a steam-driven water hammer slamming into the top of the reactor vessel with enough force to blow off the control rod drives, pull out the closure studs, shear the cooling pipes and jack the whole vessel several feet upward.

    The large negative moderator coefficient shut the reaction down in microseconds. Bulk fuel failure did not occur.

    The fuel was distorted, and the control rods were locked in place, but the cladding did NOT melt.

    9. This ended the Israeli experiment in home grown Plutonium production. After 1994 the reactor if operational at all was severely limited in its power output to levels too low for continued plutonium production. It was now only good for isotope production, lithium 6 and Tritium/Deuterium production.

    10. The minimum power level of a plutonium producing reactor that will produce 24 KG of pu-239 in one year, with a pu-240 content level less than 6 % is about 65 MW thermal .1 megawatt of thermal energy per 24 hr. day produces 1 gram of PU-239. 365 days of operation at 100% efficiency will only produce 365 grams of weapons grade pu-239 per megawatt.

    11. The minimal amount of PU needed for a 20 KT Hiroshima size bomb is about 24 KG. It takes a 75 MW reactor running at full power for one entire year to produce this amount of fuel.

    Dimona as originally designed by the French at 24 MW could only produce about 8 KG of PU-239 per year. With fast breeder operation and heavy water added it was increased by the Israelis up to 75 MW thermal in size. However, this increase in power output rapidly burnt out the reactor’s containment / pressure vessel leading to its early demise.

    12. Estimates of Israeli nuclear weapons production is highly exaggerated for several reasons.

    A. Maximum Dimona output is only 24KG of weapons grade pu-239 per year. Up to 1990 that would only be about 30, 20 kt devices at 24 KG each.

    b. With a (REDACTED) it will drop to a minimum of 6 KG per device with a 2kt maximum yield. note at 97 % pure pu-239. See charts.

    c. For a neutron bomb with no uranium tamper it will take approx. (REDACTED) pure PU-239.

    d. For a Fission Fusion boosted weapon (hydrogen bomb) another 24kg of pu-239 is required for a total weapons count of (REDACTED) of pu-239 fuel. Producing a 200 KT yield.

    E. After about 16 to 32 years depending upon how it is made the PU-239 fuel has to undergo repossessing due to “Poison” build up in the metal.

    In the US it is supposed to be retired or re used as MOX fuel only. This is why you have to continually make new fuel. To replace the older aging stockpiles that go bad after time.

    So, a single 75 MW reactor can only support a 32-year production run or life cycle of PU-239 fuel totaling about 800 KG.

    After the fuel is no longer 92% pure it is no longer good as weapons grade material.

    But it can be put back into the reactor to offset uranium fuel consumption and to run the reactor in the fast breeder mode.

    However, Japan taught us what happens when you do that and something big goes wrong.

    F. 800KG of PU-239 will only produce about 16, 200 KT Hydrogen bombs or 32, 20 KT Hiroshima size bombs or 66 1 KT neutron bombs or 133 2KT fission bombs with a (REDACTED).

    G. If the reactor has continuously ran for 50 years with no shutdowns at all and at 100% maximum efficiency. 1964-1994.


    Today we are going on a journey, one set out for us on August 25, 2021, when Taliban (movement banned in Russia) spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid met with Richard Engle of NBC News in Kabul. Part of that interview goes as follows, from VT:

    RICHARD ENGEL: This war started when Osama Bin Laden, the guest of the Taliban, organized 9/11 attacks. Can you guarantee that this country will never again be a base for terrorism?

    TALIBAN SPOKESMAN: When Osama Bin Laden became an issue for the Americans he was in Afghanistan. Although there was no proof, he was involved, now we have given promises that Afghan soil won’t be used against anyone.

    RICHARD ENGEL: You still don’t think that Osama Bin Laden carried out 9/11?

    TALIBAN SPOKESMAN: There is no evidence even after 20 years of war, we have no proof he was involved.

    RICHARD ENGEL: So, it sounds like even now after all of this, you’re accepting no responsibility?

    TALIBAN SPOKESMAN: There was no justification for this war. It was excuse for war.

    RICHARD ENGEL: How are you feeling right now after 20 years, and the Americans are leaving?

    TALIBAN SPOKESMAN: The withdrawal is almost finished. These are our happiest moments.

    Taking this story a bit further, we head back to September 24, 2001, only days after 9/11. The Central Intelligence Agency runs a “listening post” that monitors all Middle East traffic, including broadcast radio and television.

    The following document comes from CIA files, accessed through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), excerpted:



    Website of Doha Al-Jazirah Satellite Channel Television in Arabic [FBIS Report] Website of Doha Al-Jazirah Satellite Channel Television in Arabic, independent television station financed by the Qatari Government, which can be accessed at URL:, carries at 2011 GMT on 24 September the text of the following letter by Usama Bin Ladin “to the Pakistani people.”

    • “We hope that these brothers would be the first martyrs in Islam’s battle in this age against the new Jewish crusade that is being led by the biggest crusader, Bush, under the banner of the cross. This battle is one of Islam’s immortal battles.”
    • “I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States.”
    • “Neither I had any knowledge of these attacks, nor I consider the killing of innocent women, children, and other humans as an appreciable act.
    • Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children, and other people. Such a practice is forbidden ever in the course of a battle.”
    • “Whoever committed the act of 11 September are not the friends of the American people. I have already said that we are against the American system, not against its people, whereas in these attacks, the common American people have been killed. According to my information, the death toll is much higher than what the US Government has stated.
    • “The United States should try to trace the perpetrators of these attacks within itself; the people who are a part of the US system but are dissenting against it. Or those who are working for some other system; persons who want to make the present century as a century of conflict between Islam and Christianity so that their own civilization, nation, country, or ideology could survive.”
    • “They can be anyone, from Russia to Israel and from India to Serbia.”
    • “Then you cannot forget the American Jews, who are annoyed with President Bush ever since the elections in Florida and want to avenge him.”
    • “Then there are intelligence agencies in the US, which require billions of dollars’ worth of funds from the Congress and the government every year. This [funding issue] was not a big problem till the existence of the former Soviet Union but after that the budget of these (FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY 180) agencies has been in danger. They needed an enemy. So, they first started propaganda against Usama and Taliban and then this incident happened.”
    • “Drug smugglers from all over the world are in contact with the US secret agencies. These agencies do not want to eradicate narcotics cultivation and trafficking because their importance will be diminished. The people in the US Drug Enforcement Department are encouraging drug trade so that they could show performance and get millions of dollars’ worth of budget. General Noriega was made a drug baron by the CIA, and, in need, he was made a scapegoat.”
    • “President Bush or any other US President, they cannot bring Israel to justice for its human rights abuses or to hold it accountable for such crimes. What is this? Is it not that there exists a government within the government in the United Sates? That secret government must be asked as to who made the attacks.”
    • “Supporting the US act is the need of some Muslim countries and the compulsion of others. However, they should think as to what will remain of their religious and moral position if they support the attack of the Christians and the Jews on a Muslim country like Afghanistan.”
    • “I have already said that we are not hostile to the United States. We are against the system, which makes other nations slaves of the United States, or forces them to mortgage their political and economic freedom.”
    • “Terror is the most dreaded weapon in modern age and the Western media is mercilessly using it against its own people. It can add fear and helplessness in the psyche of the people of Europe and the United States. It means that what the enemies of the United States cannot do, its media is doing that. You can understand as to what will be the performance of the nation in a war, which suffers from fear and helplessness.”


    This official CIA transcript totally disproves and utterly undermines years of fake videos and recordings of Osama bin Laden taking credit for 9/11.

    What is clear is that the Taliban had read this CIA transcript, which was originally published in 2010. What is also clear is that NBC’s Richard Engle either did not or is employed by American corporate media to pretend he is unaware of what any real journalist should know and, in fact, could never avoid knowing under reasonable circumstances.

    Ignorance has infected the US in ways that astound the world. It is now obvious or should be that clowns and incompetents are placed in office at every level in the US, even the presidency as demonstrated by Trump, raining humiliation of any American that seeks accountability or resists the childishly insane official narrative.

    Nearly a century ago, Marine General Smedley Butler described his own military career as gangsterism, acting as a “bully boy enforcer” for American corporations. Then things got really bad but there is no Smedley Butler to talk about it, only “on the make” generals who take the cash and play along, making things so much worse.


    This is a historical narrative, after all, one intent on providing what honest researchers would wish for, were honest researchers allowed to publish and teach in accordance with truth or even reality, in the United States, Britain, Canada and other nations.

    Here we build a narrative that deals with assumptions and probabilities.

    In 1993, President Clinton entered the White House. We know from talking with nuclear proliferation investigators that nuclear thefts, attributed to Victor Bout, occurred during this period.

    We were told nuclear pits were stolen, moved in refrigerator trucks to a facility in West, Texas (a town) and later to the Port of Houston and then to the Canary Islands.

    From there, they were flown to Mauritania where they were, according to reports, remade into nuclear weapons using classified information supplied to those involved, Israeli’s and South Africans.

    The classified material was stolen by a spy ring that included FBI Agent Robert Hanssen (now in prison for espionage) and Jonathan Pollard.

    According to Gwyneth Todd, then assistant to Condoleezza Rice on the National Security Council, top Bush (41) officials along with Israeli lobbyists were investigated by the FBI for complicity in this theft but “others” were imprisoned. This was called the “AIPAC spy scandal.”

    Other sources tell of the investigation that traced the nuclear theft, including a plane load of nuclear pits that crashed in North Africa and was recovered by the IAEA. Documentation on this including photographs is available for examination.

    What is worse, so much worse, is what happened to the United States during this period.

    Did extremely high levels of greed and corruption in Washington lead to America’s capitol becoming an “open city” for not just espionage but outright treason?

    We may have seen the first signs of this early on when Congressman Newt Gingrich brought Australian-Israel tabloid journalist Rupert Murdoch to the US, altering laws to give him control of massive broadcast capabilities and eventually giving him citizenship as well.

    It is not unreasonable to cite Murdoch and Fox News as the beginning of the end of American democracy, in fact this narrative is now extremely popular in the US.

    The problem is that this narrative ends long before it is drawn to other historical inconsistencies, asking questions about why Afghanistan or even Iraq were invaded, why the US is in Syria and those other questions, such as to the real origins of COVID-19 and why so many powerful political figures in the US are opposing efforts to end the pandemic.

    Only then does the context, perhaps beginning with Dimona in 1990, come to play.

    Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of VT, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.


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      That decision was then exported through international treaties to the global corporate superstructure – including and especially the U.S. Today, 31 years later, a typical mortgage, for example, has up to two dozen flagrantly criminal provisions on the face of it.

      The fact that the decision is clinically-insane on the face of it is not a “bug” – it’s a “feature”. Irrationality, per se, is how the money-power communicates “policy” to its minions worldwide. If it’s batsh*t crazy – then you know it’s policy and you are not to go there.

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