Skip to comments.US presidential nuclear codes 'lost for months' [During Clinton administration]
Posted on 10/22/2010 12:54:55 PM PDT by justlurking
The codes used by the president to launch a nuclear strike were mislaid for months during the Clinton administration, the former highest-ranking US officer has said.
Gen Shelton said the incident had taken place "around the year 2000".
Under the procedures, an official was sent every month to check the codes, and that they were replaced every four months with new codes.
According to Gen Shelton's book, Without Hesitation, an official had gone to check one month and been told by the aide that the codes were on the president's person but that he was in an important meeting and could not be disturbed.
A different official went to do the same check a month later and was told a similar story. When it came time to change the codes, an aide admitted they had been missing for months.
Gen Shelton said it was apparent that the president had not had the codes and that he had been unaware that an aide had lost them.
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They used to shoot people for stuff like this.
Maybe they were in Sandy Berger’s socks.
Anybody below POTUS: General Court Martial/dismissal/dishonorable discharge and major jail time.
Just beyond words...
I’ll bet he never forgot Monica’s phone number.
And did any of those months coincide with the months that Monica Lewinsky was schlonging down on Clinton??
Some day among Monica Lewinsky’s belongings they will find the Code Sheet, with the following handwritten on the back.
“Wednesday-4pm. Back door, bring Pizza, no panties.”
Well, that could never happen these days. No sir.
Obama has given them to Joe Biden for safekeeping.
2000 is more the time frame when he mishandling the fight against Islamic terrorists.
This pretty much exemplifies the attitude of your basic democrat towards national security. We’re all damned lucky to still be here, after the succession of clowns we’ve had in the White House.
If the secret service had retraced willie clinton’s steps, they woulda found it under the desk.
BOOK: WITHOUT HESITATION
Simply stunning. I consider this Treason. This punk, who wanted to buy him or herself some time, put the entire country in danger. The US essentially was nucleared disarmed without those codes.
“Nuclear launch card was missing for months, new book says”
From Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd, CNN
October 22, 2010 8:51 a.m. EDT
SNIPPET: “(CNN) — A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says in a new book that while Bill Clinton was in the White House, a key component of the president’s nuclear launch protocol went missing.
“The codes were actually missing for months. This is a big deal,” says Gen. Hugh Shelton. “We dodged a silver bullet.””
I still think the Secret Service should have a look in Bill's humidor. He sure didn't keep his cigars there.
Shelton said the president was given new codes within minutes when the previous codes could not be found. He said the procedures have been changed since then so that the Pentagon aide who carries out the monthly check is required to wait at the White House until he or she can visually confirm the codes are in the president's possession or an aide who is with him.
He should be impeached for letting this happen on his watch...
they were somewhere in the piles on Sandy Burglar’s messy desk that Clinton thought was so amusing
great, the nation’s security was in the farcically incompetent hands of Sandy Burglar and Bill Clinton while the nuclear codes were not only missing but the scumbags covered it up for as long as possible — better to have the USA immobilized in a nuclear crisis than to admit their incompetence to the DoD, huh?
Thanks justlurking. He probably sold ‘em to Russia or China to raise money for Gore’s election bid.
“US presidential nuclear codes ‘lost for months’ [During Clinton administration]”
Maybe the POTUS accidentally dropped the codes in Monica’s hand bag while cleaning up.
All a foreign agency would have to do is get somebody around the President, help him lose the codes, report back that we were DISARMED and we’d be screwed?
We’re putting 330 million lives in the hands of an individual who would not be able to get a SECRET level security clearance as and E-1 in the military?
Clinton always relied on his public’s adoration of him to get away with crimes, under that guise that he was a “lovable rogue.” But he never did anything free of charge, in my opinion, even “losing” things.
Recall that, during the horrendous firestorm outside of the Sandia Labs in NM, when two highly classified laptops were missing for days. Just long enough for all the data to be transferred to other computers, then placed behind a couple of filing cabinets to be found, well after the whole area had been completely scoured without a trace of the laptops. And, one seems to recall that a scientist of Chinese ethnicity was ID’d and detained for prosecution, who worked at Sandia.
He was so in bed with China his entire administration, it wasn’t hard to imagine the fate of the laptops. If not for public outrage, the entire port of Long Beach would be in COSCO today.
Money. Clinton. China.
All matter that has ever existed, still exists today.
Now, where are the damn things? Why no investigation to determine where they are.... who has them?
“He said the procedures have been changed since then so that the Pentagon aide who carries out the monthly check”
WHY is there a friggin’ MONTH in between these checks? Couldn’t the person carrying the “football” check them daily an phone it in to the Pentagon?
They weren’t lost. They were in the same place as the Rose Law Firm billing records. Just laying around somewhere so the chicoms could “find” them.
This was reported—shock of shocks—on the ABC nightly news a few days ago. They also said it happened once before—in the Carter White House. Isn’t that just special!
Let’s pretend this happened under the Bush Administration!
Imagine the Hellacious Outcry that would erupt!
But because it was Clintoon, a Demorat, all we hear are crickets chirping!
Wouldn’t be a surprise to find out that Obama Hussein hasn’t given his to The Grand IMAM as one more outreach gesture to HIS Fellow Muslim Brethren!
I think your explanation is just about right. Remember how they ‘found’ Vince Foster’s suicide note, tore up in his brief case? It took them several days to ‘find’ it. No one could see torn up pieces of paper in his briefcase for several days? Right.
Not quite. It doesn't disarm the boomer subs, just the surface based weapons.
Well, someone answer me this. If this story is true, why would Gen. Shelton go and endorse Hillary in 2008?
Since they were missing and only the aide knew it there would have been some undetermined delay of time and action between the president knowing they were lost and going to an alternate or backup course of action what ever that would be,that is, if there is one.
It is the threat of instant retaliation and annihilation that is the great deterrent factor.
If some radical nut case would have had this knowledge and attacked, what could be happening right now is that those of us that were left would be roving packs of animals preying on each other in the dark ages.
Sub nukes aren't on that system, it is useless for them. By the time the subs could be summoned up to a depth where they could receive the codes, the transmitters would be glass parking lots.
It happens that the skipper of a boomer does not launch by himself — other officers must assist to activate the warheads. And they do have orders to cover the situation in which the USA has been nuked and all other retaliatory systems are down. THAT is what keeps the whackos from taking a shot at us.
Only way to neutralize the lurking threat of the submarine fleet is to catch them when they leave port and follow them everywhere they go, so as to be ready to give them a torpedo enema if they open the missile tubes. The fact is, nobody has been able to do this to us, while our subs HAVE done it to those of rival forces.