Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Something to help you sleep tonight

Nuclear Bombs Mistakenly Flown Over US
Sep 5, 4:34 PM (ET)
By PAULINE JELINEK

WASHINGTON (AP) - A B-52 bomber was mistakenly armed with six nuclear warheads and flown for more than three hours across several states last week, prompting an Air Force investigation and the firing of one commander, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. The incident was so serious that President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert Gates were quickly informed and Gates has asked for daily briefings on the Air Force probe, said Defense Department press secretary Geoff Morrell. He said, "At no time was the public in danger." ....
"Nothing like this has ever been reported before and we have been assured for decades that it was impossible," said Markey, D-Mass., co-chair of the House task force on nonproliferation.

The plane was carrying Advanced Cruise Missiles from Minot Air Force Base, N.D, to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Aug. 30, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of a Defense Department policy not to confirm information on nuclear weapons.

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2 comments:

Jenni said...

I'm not trying to make light of this story, but I can't help saying...
where is Jack Bauer when you need him?!

allison said...

I'm wondering if Missouri is on the flight path from North Dakota to Louisiana!