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Report: Hundreds of old nuclear warheads being secretly trucked across US freeways


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Report: Hundreds of old nuclear warheads being secretly trucked across US freeways

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Nov 30th 2010 at 1:31PM

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It seems that the nation's stockpile of W76 nuclear warheads is due for a tune up. According to The Kitsap Sun, the Navy is moving 1,600 and 1,800 of the warheads from their home at the Kitsap-Bangor Naval Base in Washington State to the Texas panhandle for updating. The 100-kiloton are between 23 and 32 years old, and as such, require updates to their aiming, firing and fusing systems. In order to get those updates, the warheads will have to travel by road in special, unmarked tractor trailers. For obvious reasons, the Navy isn't into sharing the travel itinerary for the warheads, but according to The Kitsap Sun, specially-trained federal agents are tasked with transporting the weapons.

The trucks are forbidden from driving in foul weather, and a host of secure shelters along the way will house the big rigs should the skies turn cloudy. Likewise, the drivers aren't allowed to go for more than 32 hours without sleeping in a real bed, despite the fact that the tractor cabs are sleepers. In addition, the trailers themselves are protected in the event of an accident.

Still, the knowledge that large numbers of nuclear weapons are coursing through the country's interstate system should give us all pause before cutting off that tractor trailer in traffic.

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http://www.autoblog.com/2010/11/30/report-hundreds-of-old-nuclear-warheads-being-secretly-transpor/

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The navy can haul warheads around in semis, but it's somehow unspeakable to haul nuclear waste (which has no chance of any kind of detonation) in uber-tough casks to Yucca Mt. Durrr. If the general public weren't so mis-educated about nuclear technology, we could have cheap, abundant, safe, green nuclear power much more than we do now.

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The navy can haul warheads around in semis, but it's somehow unspeakable to haul nuclear waste (which has no chance of any kind of detonation) in uber-tough casks to Yucca Mt. Durrr. If the general public weren't so mis-educated about nuclear technology, we could have cheap, abundant, safe, green nuclear power much more than we do now.

You are so right...

And there are much better and safer places than Yuma Mt. to put the stuff....

Amazing stupidity of the American public...as you said...grr....

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And there are much better and safer places than Yuma Mt. to put the stuff....

Aside from recycling it instead, I'm curious which better/safer options you speak of? From what I've gleened, Yucca Mt is a darned good place to put it, way better especially then the on-site storage they use now. I'm fairly neutral about Obama overall, but IMO it was pretty stupid when he shut down Yucca Mt without a plan B.

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We may (or may not) be, but obviously some other entities are not.

Yeah, but all things considered, wouldn't even two dozen do as an effective job in the case of nuclear war?

Let the idiots waste their money and resources stockpiling hundreds of bombs. Only a few are necessary to provide any deterrent.

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Yeah, but all things considered, wouldn't even two dozen do as an effective job in the case of nuclear war?

Let the idiots waste their money and resources stockpiling hundreds of bombs. Only a few are necessary to provide any deterrent.

Actually, no.

It seems that things get sticky for the military when the count drops to around 1000 warheads.

That said, it beats the hell out of the old days when the US and USSR each had about 12,000 pointed at each other.

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Yeah, but all things considered, wouldn't even two dozen do as an effective job in the case of nuclear war?

Let the idiots waste their money and resources stockpiling hundreds of bombs. Only a few are necessary to provide any deterrent.

You seemingly assume a degree of common sense from all potential parties. I'm not so willing to assume that, myself.

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Yeah, like the US needs 1.800 nuclear ICBM's. I thought we were past the 'HURR DURR WE HAVE MORE NU-CU-LUURR BOMBS THAN YOU L!OL' phase.

Big, hard pointy ICBMs are a potent, phallic symbol of America's strength as a superpower...politicians like to keep them around, as a power symbol in an era when the US may be perceived as no longer the biggest and most powerful...

Kind of like 22 ft long 7500 lb 4x4 HD/SD pickups or 4000 lb V8 RWD cars..potent symbols of an American past..in a world of happy shiny people in their nice green little FWD boxes..

America, F**k yeah! (cue the song from Team America World Police).

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