Incredible moment America came within 30 seconds of launching a nuclear strike on Russia

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August 2015WASHINGTONThe extraordinary claims suggest Russia and the West came terrifyingly close to all-out nuclear conflict due to a computer glitch caused by a faulty component costing just 46 cents. Secret documents have revealed more than 1,000 accidents involving nuclear weapon by bungling American servicemen – including fires, explosions and accidentally dropped bombs that nearly cost hundreds of millions of lives in the Seventies and Eighties.
During the close-call in 1979, defense chiefs at the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado were told of a major, imminent attack by Soviet forces. Computer screens at the top-secret base filled with images showing the early stages of an attack, and they prepared to retaliate. It was only after a thorough investigation and a check of the back-up radar that a revenge strike was called off at the last minute. Had America reacted by sending its own nuclear warheads to the Soviet Union, a third world war would have been inevitable.
In another excruciating incident caused by America’s shoddy technology, US early warning systems detected an incoming attack from hundreds of Soviet missiles. Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to U.S. President Jimmy Carter, was woken at 2.30am to be told the worrying news. It soon transpired the true number of Russian bombs heading for US shores was 2,200. Mr. Brzezinski had just minutes to decide whether to launch an attack using America’s own nuclear arsenal.
Just as he was preparing to call the president, he received a call to say the incoming missile alert was a false alarm, caused by faulty computer chip costing just a few cents. And in a separate mishap, pilots accidentally dropped a plutonium missile on North Carolina from a B-52 bomber during a routine flight in 1962. At the time, U.S. bombers were kept airborne 24 hours a day so the U.S. could respond in an instant to any developing threat. The plane in question was carrying two hydrogen bombs when the pilot noticed there was a weight imbalance on the aircraft. As the crew attempted to return to the airbase, the plane began to break apart, and the bomb was accidentally released. The warhead went through all of its arming steps except for one, hitting the ground before a firing signal sent. If that one switch had been activated, the bomb would have detonated a full-scale thermonuclear explosion on U.S. soil.

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The hair-raising accounts are detailed in a book by US author Eric Schlosser, titled ‘Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety.’ The Pentagon’s official accounts detail 32 accidents involving U.S. nuclear warheads. But Mr. Schlosser obtained secret documents which reveal more than 1,000 accidents involving nuclear weapons between 1950 and 1968. The release of sensitive information revealing U.S. military blunders shows just how close the Soviet Union and the West came to conflict during the Cold War. Escalating tensions in Ukraine and repeated incursions into restricted airspace by Russian bombers suggests the world may still be experiencing a modern-day ‘cold conflict.’
Mr Schlosser has warned both the U.S. and Russia still own ageing weapons system. America’s main nuclear bomber hasn’t been redesigned since John F Kennedy was president in the Sixties, and the main land-based missile – still in use today – should have been retired in the early Eighties. “It’s only since the Cold War ended that we’ve been able to find out how close we came, again and again, to having our own weapons detonate by accident, or potentially be stolen, or potentially be used by people without proper authorization,” he said. –UK Express
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3 Responses to Incredible moment America came within 30 seconds of launching a nuclear strike on Russia

  1. Dennis E. says:

    Yes and—-the bomb is still missing. Near Goldsboro, NC which used to be a B-52 Sac Base.
    Seymour Johnson Airbase. Been reported several near accidents/incidents on both sides.

    Ever watched the 1962-83 movie Fail safe? Larry Hagman, Henry Fonda

  2. Dennis E. says:

    To add to my reply, the movie fail safe was not about the broken arrow incident in North Carolina,
    But where The Soviets monitored US rapid deployment of its alert nuclear bomber force and they tampered with the electronics/communications and a group of 6 B-58 Hustlers, called vincatdaor
    bombers in the movie received the go order to proceed to its assigned target for that day.
    Which was Moscow. One plane got there. Fail safe were selected points in the sky to where the SAC quick reaction bomber force would orbit until either they received the go code or recalled. To save the world, New York was nuked. Interesting movie in Black and white. For a long time, the us kept a small percentage of fully nuclear armed B-52’s airborne in selected areas of the world that could reach Soviet airspace quickly. Also it kept alert aircraft with crews in alert bunkers and planes to be launched within 15 minutes or less. Once a missile was detected coming over the north pole by the early warning system, about 30 minutes before impact.

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