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For Nearly Two Decades, The Launch Code At All US Minuteman Nuclear Missile Silos Was 00000000!

 
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Nov. 29, 2013, 8:41 PM
Karl Smallwood, Today I Found Out

Today I found out that during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimize any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, for nearly two decades they intentionally set the launch codes at every silo in the US to 8 zeroes.

We guess the first thing we need to address is how this even came to be in the first place. Well, in 1962 JFK signed the National Security Action Memorandum 160, which was supposed to ensure that every nuclear weapon the US had be fitted with a Permissive Action Link (PAL), basically a small device that ensured that the missile could only be launched with the right code and with the right authority.

There was particularly a concern that the nuclear missiles the United States had stationed in other countries, some of which with somewhat unstable leadership, could potentially be seized by those governments and launched. With the PAL system, this became much less of a problem.

Beyond foreign seizure, there was also simply the problem that many U.S. commanders had the ability to launch nukes under their control at any time. Just one commanding officer who wasnít quite right in the head and World War III begins. As U.S. General Horace M. Wade stated about General Thomas Power:

I used to worry about General Power. I used to worry that General Power was not stable. I used to worry about the fact that he had control over so many weapons and weapon systems and could, under certain conditions, launch the force. Back in the days before we had real positive control [i.e., PAL locks], SAC had the power to do a lot of things, and it was in his hands, and he knew it.

More at: [link to www.businessinsider.com]
"With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things." William Wordsworth

And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globeóthe belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address

Lincoln's economic advisor Henry C. Carey explained the universal issue in his 1851 Harmony of Interests:

"Two systems are before the world.... One looks to pauperism, ignorance, depopulation, and barbarism; the other to increasing wealth, comfort, intelligence, combination of action, and civilization. One looks towards universal war; the other towards universal peace. One is the English system; the other ... the American system, for ... elevating while equalizing the condition of man throughout the world."

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein
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And even today, if you happen to chance upon a nuclear bomb that somebody has casually discarded, or maybe secreted behind a wall, all you need to do is press the 'Restore to factory settings' button and you're good to go.
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Just goes to show what a load of crap it was that multiple nukes could go off in a "the day after tomorrow" scenario. Just kept in the dark and fed bullshit! shroomyessir
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There's probably been nuclear launches we don't know about. They've had bombers with nuclear bombs crash in America and Canada and nothing came out of it.

Google Nuclear Weapons don't work.

Stationary nuclear weapons can work but nuclear bombs and missiles have a very high fail rate.
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now THATS some SICK SHIT YAK
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lol...this made me think of the scene in Space Balls when the king is giving up the code to the planetary space shield...the code is...1..2...3...4....5...6...7....sigh...hahaha! Lord Helmet proclaims how foolish it is...pot calling the kettle black...haha.
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There's probably been nuclear launches we don't know about. They've had bombers with nuclear bombs crash in America and Canada and nothing came out of it.

Google Nuclear Weapons don't work.

Stationary nuclear weapons can work but nuclear bombs and missiles have a very high fail rate.
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It is all very outrageous!
"With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things." William Wordsworth

And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globeóthe belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address

Lincoln's economic advisor Henry C. Carey explained the universal issue in his 1851 Harmony of Interests:

"Two systems are before the world.... One looks to pauperism, ignorance, depopulation, and barbarism; the other to increasing wealth, comfort, intelligence, combination of action, and civilization. One looks towards universal war; the other towards universal peace. One is the English system; the other ... the American system, for ... elevating while equalizing the condition of man throughout the world."

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein
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Nov. 29, 2013, 8:41 PM
Karl Smallwood, Today I Found Out

Today I found out that during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimize any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, for nearly two decades they intentionally set the launch codes at every silo in the US to 8 zeroes.

We guess the first thing we need to address is how this even came to be in the first place. Well, in 1962 JFK signed the National Security Action Memorandum 160, which was supposed to ensure that every nuclear weapon the US had be fitted with a Permissive Action Link (PAL), basically a small device that ensured that the missile could only be launched with the right code and with the right authority.

There was particularly a concern that the nuclear missiles the United States had stationed in other countries, some of which with somewhat unstable leadership, could potentially be seized by those governments and launched. With the PAL system, this became much less of a problem.

Beyond foreign seizure, there was also simply the problem that many U.S. commanders had the ability to launch nukes under their control at any time. Just one commanding officer who wasnít quite right in the head and World War III begins. As U.S. General Horace M. Wade stated about General Thomas Power:

I used to worry about General Power. I used to worry that General Power was not stable. I used to worry about the fact that he had control over so many weapons and weapon systems and could, under certain conditions, launch the force. Back in the days before we had real positive control [i.e., PAL locks], SAC had the power to do a lot of things, and it was in his hands, and he knew it.

More at: [link to www.businessinsider.com]
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Funny to see this just now getting out in the news media. I saw this on the History Channel, i think 2-3 years ago.
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I use this for all my passwords
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I use this for all my passwords
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"With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things." William Wordsworth

And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globeóthe belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address

Lincoln's economic advisor Henry C. Carey explained the universal issue in his 1851 Harmony of Interests:

"Two systems are before the world.... One looks to pauperism, ignorance, depopulation, and barbarism; the other to increasing wealth, comfort, intelligence, combination of action, and civilization. One looks towards universal war; the other towards universal peace. One is the English system; the other ... the American system, for ... elevating while equalizing the condition of man throughout the world."

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein
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the authors name is karl smallwood, how unfortunate
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the authors name is karl smallwood, how unfortunate
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Don't be so hard on the guy.
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grumpy2very cleverly!
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My kid and I are watching War Games this very minute, freaky.
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lol...this made me think of the scene in Space Balls when the king is giving up the code to the planetary space shield...the code is...1..2...3...4....5...6...7....sigh...hahaha! Lord Helmet proclaims how foolish it is...pot calling the kettle black...haha.
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I came here to post the exact same thing.

lol
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Either that or

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Or
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Yet more evidence that the nuclear bomb is entirely a hoax......


I mean, come on....do you really believe that THEY would have random weapons capable of "vaporizing cities in an instant" laying about with default activation codes for anyone to steal? Think of how much security authorization loops one has to go through to withdraw a few thousand dollars from ones own bank account (CTRs, etc). Yet "city vaporizing weapons" are within reach of the same "commoners" under these restrictions, but with default codes of "0000000". UH...NO, just NO.

What a fuckin hoax
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Yet more evidence that the nuclear bomb is entirely a hoax......


I mean, come on....do you really believe that THEY would have random weapons capable of "vaporizing cities in an instant" laying about with default activation codes for anyone to steal? Think of how much security authorization loops one has to go through to withdraw a few thousand dollars from ones own bank account (CTRs, etc). Yet "city vaporizing weapons" are within reach of the same "commoners" under these restrictions, but with default codes of "0000000". UH...NO, just NO.

What a fuckin hoax
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It actually makes sense. If you're shaking like crazy, it's easier to keep hitting the same button.
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nuclear weapons are not totally real

the explosions yes

the stockpiles no
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Same for Stark Trek Series.
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Nov. 29, 2013, 8:41 PM
Karl Smallwood, Today I Found Out

Today I found out that during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimize any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, for nearly two decades they intentionally set the launch codes at every silo in the US to 8 zeroes.

We guess the first thing we need to address is how this even came to be in the first place. Well, in 1962 JFK signed the National Security Action Memorandum 160, which was supposed to ensure that every nuclear weapon the US had be fitted with a Permissive Action Link (PAL), basically a small device that ensured that the missile could only be launched with the right code and with the right authority.

There was particularly a concern that the nuclear missiles the United States had stationed in other countries, some of which with somewhat unstable leadership, could potentially be seized by those governments and launched. With the PAL system, this became much less of a problem.

Beyond foreign seizure, there was also simply the problem that many U.S. commanders had the ability to launch nukes under their control at any time. Just one commanding officer who wasnít quite right in the head and World War III begins. As U.S. General Horace M. Wade stated about General Thomas Power:

I used to worry about General Power. I used to worry that General Power was not stable. I used to worry about the fact that he had control over so many weapons and weapon systems and could, under certain conditions, launch the force. Back in the days before we had real positive control [i.e., PAL locks], SAC had the power to do a lot of things, and it was in his hands, and he knew it.

More at: [link to www.businessinsider.com]
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Mean while inside a minivan at the scoccer field, fat cow is handing out leaflets do destroy the Bill of Rights.
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So I guess the abort codes were 99999999999.

rofl
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Yeah, I read that book too...
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I also was in the AF at SAC in the '90s...boy, could I tell you some stories...but I WON'T...
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Joke for those that know...

I don't know HOW I ever got out of offut...
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000000000 unblock the porn channels too


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It is more than just the Launch codes...
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So I guess the abort codes were 99999999999.

rofl
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Yeah, and the current launch code is 11111111


lmao
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Yet more evidence that the nuclear bomb is entirely a hoax......


I mean, come on....do you really believe that THEY would have random weapons capable of "vaporizing cities in an instant" laying about with default activation codes for anyone to steal? Think of how much security authorization loops one has to go through to withdraw a few thousand dollars from ones own bank account (CTRs, etc). Yet "city vaporizing weapons" are within reach of the same "commoners" under these restrictions, but with default codes of "0000000". UH...NO, just NO.

What a fuckin hoax
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hesright





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