Civil Defense: Exploded Myth

"When the skies are clear," observed President Kennedy at his last press conference, "no one is interested." He was referring to the general lack of interest in his $450 million fallout shelter program, currently stagnating in both the Senate and House Armed Services Committees without the benefit of a single hearing. Proposed nearly six months ago when skies were clouded by the Berlin crisis, the shelter program has met with increasing indifference, based primarily on the popular belief that the American people themselves have become indifferent.

The fact is, as a recent Roper survey sponsored by Michigan State University shows,...

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