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The Mystery of Minot: Loose nukes and a cluster of dead airmen raise troubling questions

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This article appeared initially in the Oct. 22, 2007 issue of American Conservative magazine.

By Dave Lindorff

The unauthorized Aug. 29 cross-country flight of a B-52H Stratofortress armed with six nuclear-tipped AGM-29 Advanced Cruise missiles, which saw these 150-kiloton warheads go missing for 36 hours, has all the elements of two Hollywood movies. One would be a thriller about the theft from an armed weapons bunker of six nukes for some dark and murky purpose. The lead might be played by Matt Damon. The other movie would be a slapstick comedy about a bunch of bozos who couldn’t tell the difference between a nuclear weapon and a pile of dummy warheads. The lead might be played by Adam Sandler, backed by the cast of “Police Academy III.”
    So far, the Pentagon, which has launched two separate investigations into the incident, seems to be assuming that it is dealing with the comedy version, saying that some incredible “mistake” led to nuclear weapons being taken inadvertently from a weapons-storage bunker, loaded into launch position on a bomber, and flown from North Dakota to Louisiana.

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Dave Lindorff is a founding member of the collectively-owned, journalist-run online newspaper He is a columnist for Counterpunch, is author of several recent books ("This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the (more...)

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Okay, wait a moment: the "nuke incident"... by mrk * on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2007 at 7:04:14 PM
That time machine comment was cute. You people are... by Ed Encho on Thursday, Nov 22, 2007 at 8:24:35 AM
A great article, but it doesn't state that the... by William Cormier on Thursday, Nov 22, 2007 at 8:21:06 AM
 Let's say you have a plan to do somethin... by Mark E. Smith on Thursday, Nov 22, 2007 at 10:57:08 AM
<>Perhaps in some future, when all the lies ... by G Achin on Thursday, Nov 22, 2007 at 12:07:46 PM
Same site-------click here... by G Achin on Thursday, Nov 22, 2007 at 1:03:17 PM
... that does not in any way detract from the fact... by Steven Leser on Thursday, Nov 22, 2007 at 1:43:31 PM
"....there are disturbing questions on this i... by Mark E. Smith on Friday, Nov 23, 2007 at 8:48:33 AM


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