Saturday, September 21, 2013

Let's hope the systems today are more reliable... because I have no doubt the bureaucrats today are at least as bad.  In early 1961, an accident came disturbingly close to detonating a 4 megaton H-bomb over North Carolina.  The key finding was that a short circuit in just one safety device (a completely plausible possibility in the accident scenario) would have caused the bomb to detonate.  This was disclosed in a newly released document, which contradicts all prior public statements by the Air Force and Department of Defense – and confirms contemporaneous speculation.  I remember reading this speculation in the late '60s.  The Guardian (a U.K. newspaper) obtained the document under the Freedom of Information Act.

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