Wednesday, May 05, 2010

a dark bargain

"We have made a dark bargain with
ourselves to let one of our cities die.

Buh-bye Dago

THE TECATE TRUCK was just like all the other Tecate Beer trucks that went back and forth daily at the border crossing, except that it was not owned by Tecate. The driver of that truck spoke fluent Spanish and the truck was always loaded with Tecate. In time the US border guards got used to it. The difference was that this truck had, at its center, a narrow, hollow space shielded with thin sheets of lead so that no ambient radiation would escape.

It had cost The Base over $150,000 to convert the truck at a garage in Ensenada a year before. That was little enough when it came to securing the device which had cost the same group more than $10 million in Russia in 1997. In any event, the truck did its job and passed without incident over the border and into the United States at Tecate, California on August 6th. Dates were important to The Base, and this date was especially significant. After all, what could be more significant than the day on which Hiroshima was destroyed?

After clearing the border the Tecate Truck followed Highway 94 north to it's merge with Highway 8 at La Mesa, California, and then drove west towards Highway 5. It pulled off the road at a rest stop where it picked up a technician in a Tecate uniform who was carrying a case with the necessary electronics and a couple of weapons. After that, the two men followed the road thought the heart of San Diego. It got off the freeway in downtown and quickly made its way to the intersection of North Harbor Drive and West Broadway. It's total travel time from the border to downtown San Diego was just over an hour. It was running close to schedule. It was about 11:30 in the morning.

The truck pulled over and parked along North Harbor drive and the technician took out some binoculars and scanned the harbor beyond the Navy Region Southwest Complex whose entrance was less than 100 yards away. Intelligence was correct. The USS Ronald Reagan was in its home port and riding comfortably at anchor.

The technician opened his case and took a wire that ran from the back of the truck along the floorboards. He plugged it into a jack in the simple switching device in the case. He looked at the driver and smiled. The driver smiled back. They both began to recite a prayer in Arabic while looking over the San Diego harbor. At some point in the prayer, without really thinking about it, the technician threw the switch. In the next instant, at the intersection of North Harbor Drive and West Broadway in San Diego, California on a warm August morning, a miniature version of the Sun appeared on the surface of the Earth. [More]
Gerard first published this in October 2004.  The last line in the essay, "To be continued....", sounded ominous, but now I think Part II is where we finish the tenth, and last crusade.


cobalt-60 FTW said...

Why would they risk crossing the border? A private dock would be safer.

The flip side is that if terrorists ever hit us with nukes, THE GLOVES COME OFF. It's throwdown time. No more half-assed responses. Except with this president, I'm not so sure.

MoFiZiX Gr4FiX said...

Not only that, but from what I understand, detonation of a low yield nuclear device on ground level will do little more than make a big glowing hole in the ground and do little if any significant damage apart from localized radioactive pollution. On the other hand, if the device were launched say a thousand or so feet into the air before detonation, the resulting blast from a low yield nuclear device could take out a small city. Cobalt-60 is right; pull into a private dock at a port closest to your target and launch from there.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant bit of writing there. I'm waiting for the movie.

Anonymous said...

U tell 'em Mo. Carriers don't "ride at anchor" in San Diego Bay. They tie up to the pier at North Island. I work about a hundred yards from where they tie up.


cmblake6 said...

Scarily possible. Or something much like it. Top floor of some parking garage nearby, any of a number of possibilities. Very scary. Would THAT convince the pResident?

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Way too much analyzing stuff here. We are after all dealing with our most backward, unsophisticated enemy ever. As Ann Coulter just put it, our greatest defense right now is that their bombs haven't detonated. Someday, one will.

Chuck said...

right idea, wrong target...

It's the George HW Bush, or, the port is the Port of Seattle/Tacoma, thereby (further) crippling the US Economy.

Think the gloves would really come off? Which country do we attack? You can't fight transnational terrorists by going after just one, and with a crippled economy, we certainly couldn't afford to go after them all.

Make it a happy story: the terrorists detonate at the top of the transamerica building.

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