After 9/11 the nation’s most horrific story became that of a terrorist detonating a nuclear device in a large American City. A Harvard Professor has placed a small wager and given odds that such an event is likely to happen within the next decade. Everyone, including our homegrown, homeland security agency has assumed that this threat is likely to materialize from a Russian made weapon, through a rogue weapons buying scheme. More recently, the threat of nuclear theft has been focused on Pakistan where the Taliban are mounting an increasing threat.
But, I have always felt that the most likely source of such a device and explosion will come from a U.S. nuclear storage facility. We still have more than 10,000 nuclear warheads and even more if we want to recycle some that are currently in the hands of the Dept. Energy. If I was a crackerjact terrorist that is where I would be looking. The reason? Look at the competency with which we handle our major wars, Iraq and Vietnam. You could even ask if Gulf I was really done the way it should have been done. But our military is so large and bloated that mistakes can easily fly underneath the radar. Yet, putting all that aside, as we concern ourselves with Pakistan as the likely future of an unstable finger on the nuclear button, consider a recent gaffe of our own that took place last August.
This comes from physicist Gordon Prather, who got this out of a military report. You may have heard about this from other sources, but as far as I know it did not make the mainstream media. From Prather: “According to the DSB Task Force Report, on August 29th, 2007, a pylon – carrying six cruise missiles, each armed with nuclear warhead – was without authorization removed from a nuclear weapons stockpile storage site at Minot AFB, transported without authorization – and mated without authorization – to a B-52 bomber. The nuke laden B-52 then sat, improperly, unguarded overnight, and was then, without authorization, allowed to take off the following morning, make an unauthorized flight to Barksdale AFB, to make an unauthorized landing, and then sit, unguarded, until alert Barkdale personnel discovered the six nukes, just sitting there on their tarmac.” So, if you knew how to fly a plane, a B-52, you might have been able to get yourself 6 nukes for free, land them somewhere and force the entire nation to rent anew the video “Dr. Strangelove or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” That one in case you haven’t seen it is Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 hilarious black comedy in which Peter Sellers plays three different parts including a Nazi convert, Dr. Strangelove.
Not to worry however, because the task force concluded that it was a “paper work problem.” What a relief!Print This Post
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