It is startling to hear the trash talk coming out of the US State department, the White House, campaign trail and people auditioning for positions.
Human beings make mistakes... and too frequently deadly mistakes. We have the buggy software and endless costly upgrades of our technological systems as proof of how mistake-prone we are - we embed our mistakes in automated systems. At this stage of our evolution, being prone to mistakes is a hallmark of our DNA -
For example, in 2007 US Air Force pilots flew six AGM-129 ACM cruise missiles, each loaded with nuclear warheads, from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_United_States_Air_Force_nuclear_weapons_incident).
In a report by GAO (http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/679392.pdf) issued August 16, 2016, the opening letter addressed to Fred Upton Chairman, Frank Pallone, Jr., Ranking Member Committee on Energy and Commerce House of Representatives, and Tim Murphy, Chairman, Diana DeGette, Ranking Member Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Committee on Energy and Commerce House of Representatives, starts off with a bombshell:
"In May 2015, the Department of Defense (DOD) discovered that one of its laboratories inadvertently sent live Bacillus anthracis, the bacterium that causes anthrax, to almost 200 laboratories worldwide over the course of 12 years." The graphic below shows the countries that received these live pathogens.
GAO analysis of information from the Department of Defense and the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention
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