Thunder Mountain

Peters, Katherine Mclntire
January 2004
Government Executive;1/1/2004, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p18
Trade Publication
A few months ago, half a dozen coffins sat on the loading dock at the Thunder Mountain Evaluation Center, a technology-testing facility on the U.S. Army's sprawling Fort Huachuca military reservation in southern Arizona. Naturally, visitors wondered what was in the coffins. So did federal officials--not what was in the coffins at Thunder Mountain specifically, so much as what was in the hundreds of coffins that enter the United States every year from abroad. After September 11, 2001 attacks, coffin inspections have become a national security issue. Because many nations require that occupied coffins be sealed before shipment, it's not a simple matter to look inside, and since most are lined with a layer of lead, taking X-rays is pointless.


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