I assume everything a submariner does while underway is classified.
One of the first things they teach you at Navy Boot Camp is that when you assume, you make an ASS out of U and ME ;-)
It is obvious that the Xlintoon administration did not want Flight 800 to be any kind of missile attack, friendly or terrorist, and that they went to great lengths to cover up the reports of those who saw the missile(s). I don't blame the guy for being scared.
I was speaking more of operational security matters having to do with US Navy submarine activity. When you went on a cruise, did you tell your family "I'll call you from Guam in two months!!" I assume not. "Assume" is not a bad word under these circumstances. I reviewed the facts and arrived at what I thought was the likely outcome. I "assume" that the level of OPSEC governing the opearational activities of USAF U-2s is similar to that of USN subs. Former operators of either should not discuss operational matters with internet reporters.
posted on 02/28/2002 2:41:32 PM PST
Interesting article. I'm suspicious of the guy who calls Irvine one day, and then the next day happens to run into Beers and his story. I'm also curious as to why Irvine wasn't taping Beers at the start of the interview.
On the other hand, the article has a few details that tend to confirm the story. I hope Beers doesn't get depressed and shoot himself five or six times while holding the gun in an oven mitt.
posted on 02/28/2002 3:40:01 PM PST
Actually it is probaly more like the Navy.
posted on 03/01/2002 6:06:43 AM PST
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