posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 10:37 PM
Accidents happen every day, but this event illustrates the danger present when ordinary men and women handle objects of extraordinary power. Suddenly
simple accidents become national issues.
Story Missile damaged
Nuclear missile allegedly damaged
By MIKE BARBER
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
Was it a "broken arrow" at the Trident submarine base in Bangor in November that led to the firing a month later of the Navy leadership overseeing
nuclear weapons there?
The code words used by the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the most severe level of a nuclear weapon mishap reportedly were invoked Nov. 7 when a Trident I
C4 missile was damaged while being removed from the submarine USS Georgia in Bangor.
It is a scary thing indeed to think that ordinary people just like you and I are handing weapons of such vast potential for destruction on a daily
basis. What in a factory setting would be a torn box or a ruined product in a naval shipyard offloading nuclear SSBMs could be a dirty bomb
explosion contaminating harbors and waterways for years. If you think about how frequently we hear of industrial accidents or even how often our own
careless actions result in damage to some piece of valued equipment or property you quickly come to two conclusions. One accidents with nuclear
weapons must happen quite frequently, and two the military has done a great job of covering up the accidents it has had. One has to ask the question,
At what point does military reputation have less importance than the pressure that a awakened public can bring to bear on a flawed system in order to
fix it? These cover ups only limit the militarys ability to implement the best safety and protocols and procedures by limiting the mind pool of
people in the know. Surely the military would be better served to simply take its image bruises and let the process come under public scrutiny so
that the kind of carelessness seen in this latest incident can be minimized.
[Edited on 11-3-2004 by Johannmon]
[Edited on 12-3-2004 by SkepticOverlord]