In this story: Air Force pursuing antimatter weapons
Program was touted publicly, then came official gag order, we hear that the Air Force is currently pursuing the means to acquire Weapons of Mass SciFiness:
The U.S. Air Force is quietly spending millions of dollars investigating ways to use a radical power source — antimatter, the eerie “mirror” of ordinary matter — in future weapons.
Hmm. Well, that sounds kooky. But can you dumb it down for me so that I know what this really means?
If electrons or protons collide with their antimatter counterparts, they annihilate each other. In so doing, they unleash more energy than any other known energy source, even thermonuclear bombs.
WTF?! We’re working on something way beyond the destructive nature of nuclear bombs? Can I just ask one thing: WHY GOD WHY IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS HOLY WOULD YOU UNDERTAKE SUCH A VENTURE?! This really seems like research that should be filed under “stuff we will never, ever actually need.”
The kicker is that the Air Force also issued a gag order, so that no one in this free democratic society is allowed to discuss it. Perfect.