Another history lesson (bizarre as the source material is) from the Twin Peaks book. It details what happens when irresponsible and unknowledgeable people are put in charge of something dangerous, all in the name of warfare power, cloaked in “patriotism”:
“One of the first nuclear production complexes to produce weapons grade plutonium is located at Hanford, WA. Located 200 miles east of Tacoma, around a bare desert-like stretch around the Columbia river. The Hanford Ordinance Works often more benignly referred to as the Hanford Engineering company is nearly half the size of Rhode Island. In 1942, the government seized this land by exercise of Eminent Domain, a constitutional right most citizens don’t even know exists. Over 1,500 people relocated from two nearby farming communities creating ghost towns that exist to this day. They also removed people of three Native American nations, including the Nez Perce. It was reservation land, and therefore judged ideal by the powers that be for their purposes.
“Having fleeced the Nez Perce out of their land in the mid-19th century treaty, it proved even easier to do it a second time. With world war on this time, patriotism trumped reason. Even the Indians couldn’t refuse pitching in to save the world. Most of the Manhattan Project split the atom. The B reactor the government built at Hanford produced most of the plutonium used in the bomb dropped at Nagasaki, as well as in most of the nuclear weapons America continued to manufacture throughout the Cold War.
“As a result, Hanford also produced a massive amount of nuclear waste. A threat of contamination to the area’s ground water and other resources, before the country had developed a coherent plan on how to store it or contain it. So what did they do with it?
“Recently declassified documents revealed that in 1949, soon after the war, officials at Hanford covertly released massive amounts of raw iradiated uranium fuel into the local environment. Levels monitored in the 200-mile area around Hanford exceeded the established daily limited of iodine 131 by 1,000 %. The water and land rights that were granted to the Nez Perce were fouled for generations to come. But there would be no relocations this time. Citizens in the area were, instead, routinely tested to see what effect these contaminants would have on them. (the Nez Perce and others were lab rats) And in the next few years, thyroid disease and cancer rates soared. At which point, officials at every level denied that any radiation above acceptable levels had ever been released. I wonder what Chief Joseph would have had to say to the government about that.”
This section is used as an alternate theory on what the government was covering up — and hence used the idea of UFOs for misdirection.