All Further Articles for 2013-10-22

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
A Problem With Discipline
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-exclusive-nuke-officers-left-blast-doo... http://news.yahoo.com/apnewsbreak-gen-charge-icbms-fired-150411453--poli... http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/09/us-nuclear-commander-tim-gi... http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1314/ML13142A437.pdf incidents of willful misconducrt and record falsificaion at 7 us nuclear sites http://blogbigsur.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/author-eric-schlosser-screeni... WASHINGTON (AP) — Twice this year alone, Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post, Air Force officials have told The Associated Press. The blast doors are never to be left open if one of the crew members inside is asleep — as was the case in both these instances — out of concern for the damage an intruder could cause, including the compromising of secret launch codes. Transgressions such as this are rarely revealed publicly. But officials with direct knowledge of Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile operations told the AP that such violations have happened, undetected, many more times than in the cases of the two launch crew commanders and two deputy commanders who were given administrative punishments this year. The blast door violations are another sign of serious trouble in the handling of the nation's nuclear arsenal. The AP has discovered a series of problems within the ICBM force, including a failed safety...
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Art Speaks Louder Than Words
Hoping to "make a statement and possibly a difference" amidst Russia's current homophobic crackdown, illustrator Anna Goodson invited colleagues to submit their own artwork in support of gay rights there. Great stuff.
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Special Prosecutor To Probe Wisconsin's Non-Recall of Walker
Welcome to John Doe Act 2, wherein Wisconsin has appointed a special prosecutor to look into allegations of campaign violations and other misdeeds by Scott Walker and his well-funded friends during last year's recall elections. The probe, following up on leads from an earlier John Doe that saw six Walker cronies convicted on criminal charges, has spread to at least five counties. Slime in Walkerland? Color us shocked.
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