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connection all the way up to the tower. I recall a session where one of the experts told us that they had to watch all the -- inspect that cable all the time, because somebody could clamp a plastic bomb onto that coaxial cable, and if that coaxial cable went out, all the television stations in New York would be off the air. We at CBS maintained a second transmitter on the Chrysler building, just in case something like that happened. I remember, another thing was that it would be easy to carry a bomb onto a subway platform and secret it so that at a certain time it went off, and would stop that particular subway line effectively, for hours before it could be reinstated. Well, if you did that simultaneously at ten or twelve places in the city, and took the radio and television stations off the air so people couldn't move and people couldn't hear or find out, those are simple things to do, and it doesn't require an army to do it, or a very elaborate procedure. But, you had to be prepared for it because it could be very disruptive to the civilian life of a big city. And, there was talk about how effectively that could be done, in eight or nine major markets. So, there was a lot of that kind of thing going on at that period. Then, it just drops out of your consciousness, and you don't think about it anymore. But, I cannot point to anything but just an occasional situation, where I believed that I was being monitored.


If I could just ask a couple more questions about the stand-by cabinet: What were some of your plans, say, were a nuclear invasion were to happen, in the event that communications and transportation were destroyed. Did you have some plans for how you would deal with that?


Well, there were volumes of plans that had been developed by the staff people. Many of them I didn't get into because I thought a lot of that preliminary work was useful, but there wasn't any point in getting into it until we were into the real problem.

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