Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Nuclear Warheads Fly Across American Skies

An American Air Force B-52 flew five nuclear warheads over the friendly skies of the US. From Minot Air Force base in North Dakota straight down the turtle tummy of the country to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Nobody knows how W80-1 nuclear warheads took a scenic in-country one way trip without supervision from those accountable for monitoring nuclear munitions.

Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Ed Thomas said the transfer was safely conducted and the weapons were in Air Force custody and control at all times. However, the mistake was not discovered until the B-52 landed at Barskdale, which left the warheads unaccounted for during the approximately 3-1/2 hour flight between the two bases, the officers said.

"Air Force standards are very exacting when it comes to munitions handling," Thomas said. "The weapons were always in our custody and there was never a danger to the American public."

(hmmm, what if the plane crashed?)

These bombs are cruise missiles with nuclear warheads that just destroyed whatever checks and balances the military has for the safety of our own nukes as the US jumps up and down about everyone else's. Irony abounds at the highest levels of the US government. Speaking of bombs and the Bush administration...

This comes as we find out yesterday a Bush administration lawyer yokel, David Addington declared with the appropriate sneer:
Goldsmith deplored the way the White House tried to fix the problem, which was highly contemptuous of Congress and the courts. “We’re one bomb away from getting rid of that obnoxious [FISA] court,” Goldsmith recalls Addington telling him in February 2004.
Conservative Jack Goldsmith wrote an aptly titled book, The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration about the dereliction of legal duty practiced by the Cheney/Bush administration. What is it with this administration and bombs?

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