America’s Nuclear Command Melt Down
While the US is negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program and American lawmakers like Senator John McCain calling for preemptive strikes on America’s ally, Pakistan, America’s own nuclear weapons program is suffering from not only failures in command, but inventory shortfalls as well.
This week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is expected to announce the entire restructuring of America’s nuclear weapons force based on findings of two studies, one from within the military.
The other, highly secret, has examined over two decades of espionage, weapons theft and the takeover of key nuclear command positions by both religious extremists and individuals with personal lives so out of control that they are considered at risk for blackmail.
Tracking missing nukes
In Britain, something even stranger is going on related to nuclear weapons. Barrister and author, Michael Shrimpton is on trial in London for making “hoax nuclear weapons threats” against the London Olympics, or so it is being reported by the press. The truth is, as usual, somewhat different.
Shrimpton, working with reporters from the UK Guardian, a former head of MI 5 and an engineer involved in the mysterious South African nuclear program, had been tracking a series of missing nuclear weapons, built in South Africa, but purchased by Britain through authorization of then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The transaction was negotiated by Dr. David Kelly and his young assistant, David Cameron, now prime minister of Britain. As some will note, Kelly is said to have killed himself in 2003 using over the counter pain relievers.
A number of prominent forensic pathologists have declared Kelly’s death murder. Kelly was a strong critic of then British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
In 2005, in a Guardian article by Tim Shipman, it was cited that — of the ten nuclear weapons built by South Africa — 1 was tested, 6 were dismantled by America and 3 were bought by Britain and were missing, with one of the missing having made its way to North Korea.
Shrimpton’s trial is about a missing nuclear weapon and his prosecution part of a government cover-up. Shrimpton’s claims about a German secret society and weapons recovered from the Kursk may seem farfetched, but an IAEA official cites a US NEST (Nuclear Emergency Security Team) team being dispatched to the UK to recover a nuclear weapon during the Olympics.
Destroyed Records and Missing Weapons Inventory
Secretary of Defense Hagel, however, has much more serious problems. The most serious and the one spoken of least is that of missing weapons inventory.
Sources at the highest levels of the IAEA and Department of Energy have confirmed that all records of nuclear warheads “retired from service” under the START (Strategic Arms Limitation Treaties) beginning in 1992 are “missing.”
In a leaked portion of the Able Danger documents, it is revealed that the Department of Energy may well have both destroyed records, leading to the theft of 350 nuclear warheads, and supplied thieves with highly classified information as to the technical “specifics” of decaying nuclear pits — information that would allow otherwise useless nuclear weapons to be remanufactured.
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