I thought to get a few links together to refresh your memory. Because the more of us know, the less chance of....
Let's just say the more of us know, the more of us know.
On this page: a few links. If you know of another good one, please leave it in the comments below.
First, of course, my repost of the now-disappeared Geronimo Manifesto's definitive write up. You have to understand, a nuclear bomb went missing, and the circumstances were fecklessly ignored by the main stream media. These so called journalists that no doubt meet Diane Feinstein's superficial and purely socio-economic journalistic standards -- how more worthless could they be? To a one, either they would report that six bombs left Minot AFB, or that five were discovered to have arrived at Barksdale after sitting around for 36 hours as I recall. But not both. Or if they said both, it was because there was obviously some confusion about how many were counted, no? You can see what I mean here: (PDF of Google search). Otherwise see you after the jump, Gentle Reader.
And then what happened?
Officially? The hits, as it were, kept on coming. (As you'll see, that phrase describes the 'unofficial' side of things equally well, hmmm....)
Almost a year later, it was found that fuses that potentially could fit the missing device had accidentally been shipped to Taiwan before the Minot-Barksdale incident, from the other Air Force Base of note when ICBMs are the subject, F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. Emphasis will be mine, in red.
Francis E. Warren Air Force Base
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 90th Missile Wing, which was activated 1 July 1963, with the original designation of the 90th Strategic Missile Wing, became the nation's first operational Intercontinental Ballistic Missile base with the introduction of the SM-65D Atlas missile in 1958. Today, the 90th MW operates 150 LGM-30G Minuteman III ICBMs on full alert 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
The 90 MW is organized into five groups:
Consists of more than 550 operators, facility managers, and support personnel. It is composed of three missile squadrons, an operations support squadron, a helicopter squadron and a standardization and evaluation element. Each tactical missile squadron is responsible for five missile alert facilities and 50 Minuteman III ICBMs. The units of the 90th Operations Group include:
Provides Minuteman III ICBMs along with command and control systems required to launch those missiles. The group maintains 150 missiles and associated launch facilities, as well as 15 launch control facilities spread between a three-state, 9,600 square-mile complex.
Provides combat support to the 90th Missile Wing. The 1,000 men and women of the group provide civil engineering, transportation and logistics, communications, contracting, and personnel and services support.
Provides continuous security for the 90th Missile Wing. The mission of the 90 SFG includes the protection of F. E. Warren AFB, 15 Missile Alert Facilities (MAFs) and 150 Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) on constant 24-hour alert throughout a 9,600 square-mile area spanning three states. The 90th SFG also sustains a combat-ready force deployable worldwide in support of wartime and peacetime taskings. The 90th Security Forces Group comprises five squadrons:
The 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron provides security for convoys and missile maintenance operations. The 90th Ground Combat Training Squadron is located in Guernsey, Wyo., and provides security, pre-deployment, and antiterrorism/force protection training for USAF personnel. The 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron provides security for 15 missile alert facilities and 150 launch facilities. The 90th Security Forces Squadron provides installation and weapons storage area security; police services; pass and registration functions; and reports and analysis duties. The 90th Security Support Squadron provides command and control for the missile field and access control for all missile field forces as well as all security forces training and equipment support.
More of the official version:
U.S. accidentally sent ballistic missile parts to Taiwan
New York Times, Asia Pacific edition
At a news conference, the secretary of the air force, Michael Wynne, said the misshipped items were four electrical fuses for nose cone assemblies for ICBMs. He also said they had been delivered to Taiwan in 2006 and were sent instead of helicopter batteries that had been ordered by Taiwan. Wynne said the investigation was meant to sort out what had happened and how.
The fuses were manufactured for use on a Minuteman strategic nuclear missile but contained no nuclear materials.
It is the second nuclear-related mistake involving the air force in recent months. In August an air force B-52 bomber was mistakenly armed with six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and flown across several states. At the time, the pilot and crew were unaware that they had nuclear arms aboard.
Wynne emphasized that the mistaken shipment to Taiwan did not include nuclear materials, although the fuses are linked to the triggering mechanism of the Minuteman nuclear missile.
And again, Gentle Reader, that you get a feel for this: This time, a page from Wired's Danger Room. (Snafu?!??)
Shipping Snafu Sends ICBM Parts to Taiwan
Well, it’s not as bad as mistakenly sending nuclear-armed cruise missiles for a ride across the United States, but it’s not good either. The Pentagon today announced that it had mistakenly sent fuses for intercontinental ballistic missiles to Taiwan. Oops.
No nuclear components were involved, however.
Apparently, Taiwan was supposed to get helicopter batteries. Instead they got the fuses. It makes you wonder how these boxes are marked.
The Pentagon, based on news reports, appears to be emphasizing the fact that the sale is not part of a strategic shift in arms sales to Taiwan, i.e. we’re not selling ICBMs to Taiwan. Yeah, that’s important, too, but it’d also be nice to know what went wrong in the inventory system that led to this mix-up.
The LA Times reports from today’s news conference: "It could not be construed as being nuclear material," [Air Force Secretary Michael] Wynne said. "It is a component for the fuse in the nose cone for a nuclear system. We are all taking this very seriously."
Apparently it was Taiwan, not the United States, that first noticed the error.
Oh dear, I seem to have accidentally posted the whole article. Oops -- didn't expect it to be so short, I guess.
Read -- in original context.
Could have said so much.... and did not. Not that for which I have grown accustomed to expect from them. Should have been good, and detailed. Was instead surprisingly like to that which has sold out. To repeat, it wasn't so much parts as the trigger mechanism. And it may have been discovered (when the Taiwanese said something) in 2008 -- but the fuses were actually taken in 2006, before the bomb went missing.
Now the following, from Cherchez la Verite, is the kind of thinking of which I would be speaking: too bad he trusts the infamous Sorcha Faal. No doubt he will learn; I like the way he thinks. We had the triggers, and the missile; now something to target it, perhaps?
Hidden Nuke, Crashed Satellite
I have no idea how much Pu-238 is onboard such satellites as a power source. However, the decay heat of Pu-238 is 0.56 W/g; so, for example, a one kilowatt source would require just 1.8 kg of this extremely radioactive material (half-life 88 years). This amount of Pu-238 might account for reports boiling water in the crater (links above). On the other hand, if it actually was the KH-13 satellite and its fuel continued to burn all the way to the impact point, heated metal parts could have boiled the water for a brief time. In any event, all impact-crater experts would agree that boiling water in the crater doesn’t make any sense if the impactor was a meteorite, because ones of this size always arrive from outer space “stone cold.”
The link below explains why a full-scale air attack on Iran would provoke Iranian retaliation with modern Mach-2.5 “Sunburn” and “Yakhonts” anti-ship missiles which, as already proved in a recent U.S. war game, are virtually certain to sink the entire U.S. Fifth Fleet! And the neocons seem to be good with that ...because they are growing desperate for yet another Pearl Harbor. (The God damned traitorous bastards!!!)
So, what now? Unfortunately, it remains very likely that one of those nuclear-armed AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles from Minot actually WAS stolen. The initial reports from Barksdale were that only 5 of the original 6 missiles arrived there. Then there is the fact that the obvious reason for intentionally downing the KH-13 would have been to prevent its imminent use for targeting the purloined AGM-129 against Iran. (Remember, the Peruvian impact was September 15th whereas the limit on the $900 million options bet was September 21st.)
I sincerely hope that the publicity given the B-52 incident will prevent the use of the stolen warhead on American soil! Of course, the one person who still retains the motive, means, and opportunity to circumvent the sophisticated multi-layer security system protecting our nuclear weapons is the insane Dick Cheney. Hopefully, however, enough of our high-ranking military officers are sane and know who the real threat is.
Oh but there's more.
Treason of the Highest Order
Almost as if it was planned. And that's not all (and this is only the offiial version.... wait till you uncover all the dead airmen.) Because, you see, even if you stay on rhe beaten path, things just weren't, uh, kosher,,,
US air force strips 17 officers of power to launch nuclear missiles
The US Air Force has stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to oversee nuclear missiles, after a string of failings that the group's deputy commander said stemmed from "rot" within the ranks. The suspensions followed a March inspection of the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, that resulted in a "D" grade for the team tested on its mastery of the Minuteman III missile launch operations system.
"We are, in fact, in a crisis right now," the group's commander, Lieutenant Colonel Jay Folds, wrote in an internal email that was obtained by the Associated Press and confirmed by the Air Force. The Air Force had publicly described the inspection as a success.
The news follows a series of incidents in recent years that have uncovered major problems with the oversight of the US's nuclear arsenal. In 2007, airmen at Minot accidentally loaded a B-52 with six nuclear weapons. The aircraft then flew to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. In another incident, nuclear weapons parts were mistakenly shipped to Taiwan. The defense department learned of the error in 2008, 18 months after the fuses for nuclear warheads were shipped.
Minot's crew are supposed to stand ready 24-hours a day to launch missiles on the president's command. A crew member was disciplined in 2008 for falling asleep on duty, while watching nuclear launch-code components.
I will leave you with some odds and ends on the subject. Here are the ones I have in my tabs right now:
Other links of interest, in loose chronological order
Interesting, no? Scares the shit out of me, the child in me, actually: the little girl who used to have recurring nightmatres, very realistic, in which she experienced nuclear anhillation in excruciating detail.
There could be more, but that's all I can do for now; I have to stop and go out in the sun or something. Please feel free to leave links in the comments. Hope I helped you to appreciate your day, with your mind and body reasonably healthy I hope, happy I hope, and free, and under the governance of your own choosing. If any of these are in question, I hope you are well on your way to resolving it in your favor.
Heaven help us all.
Be seeing you.