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Nuclear Weapons, Presidents and Launch Codes-- Scary Facts

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We had 'backpack' nukes in Special Forces. When did the Pentagon remove Nixon's access to the codes? Which President sent them out with his laundry? It's scarier than you think. Some facts about where some of the codes ended up and what some of them were. How the military often opposes the President reference the codes. And what if . . .

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Nuclear Weapons, Presidents and Launch Codes-- Scary Facts

  1. 1. Scary Facts About Presidents, Nuclear Launch Codes & Nuclear Weapons
  2. 2. What is the reality of the nuclear “football” and the launch codes? Not what you might think.
  3. 3. The Book of Truths Following are some of the truths from our history. We know about them now; after the fact.
  4. 4. The Book of Truths Jimmy Carter once sent the nuclear launch codes out with his laundry.
  5. 5. General Curtis LeMay strongly pushed for a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the Soviet Union. When President Kennedy took office and was finally briefed about the truth, he learned that there was indeed a ‘missile gap’. Except it was the United States that had the far greater capability.
  6. 6. When Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara instituted technical launch codes on nuclear weapons to prevent unauthorized deployment, the Strategic Air Command decided to over-ride that by setting all codes to 00000000. After all, that’s the Air Force.
  7. 7. We had ‘Green Light’ teams in Special Forces before the accuracy of cruise missiles. A Green Light team’s accuracy was parachuting in with a SADM (Special Atomic Demolition Munition), aka ‘backpack nuke’, and emplacing it on the target, then covering it with sniper fire. A question often debated: was there actually a delay once armed?
  8. 8. The first nuclear weapon the United States has officially admitted “losing” was in 1950, over Canada. The plane was found. The weapon still hasn’t been found. Sorry, Canada. Our bad.
  9. 9. The Pentagon reportedly removed President Nixon’s ability to launch nuclear weapons during his last days in office.
  10. 10. The Book of Truths When Ronald Reagan was shot, the codes were in his suit pocket and ended up on the emergency room floor, forgotten about.
  11. 11. The Book of Truths But there are other, deeper, darker, truths, that will never see the light of day. Included among them are Majestic-12, Area 51, Rifts, Fireflies, Cherry Tree, Pinnacle, the Nightstalkers, and ultimately, the existence of the Time Patrol.
  12. 12. Nightstalkers Series When I was flying around with my special operations team in black helicopters, we wondered who the other guys flying around in them were? Nightstalkers are the elite Special Ops unit that take care of the things that go bump in the night; and worse. They correct the mistakes of scientists. They’re also a little bit crazy and a long way outside the bell curve, and not necessarily on the good end. And in Time Patrol, they transition from being Nightstalkers to becoming the Time Patrol.
  13. 13. The Nightstalkers eventually become the Time Patrol. Click on Image for links
  14. 14. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 75 books published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets, Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. He’s sold over 5 million books. He was born in the Bronx and traveled the world. He’s lived on an island off the east coast, an island off the west coast, in the Rocky Mountains, the Smoky Mountains and other places, including time in East Asia studying martial arts. He now lives peacefully with his wife and dogs. www.bobmayer.com

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