Treason of the Highest Order
By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
Research" --- - According to a wide range of
reports, several nuclear bombs were “lost” for 36 hours after
taking off August 29/30, 2007 on a “cross-country journey”
across the U.S., from U.S.A.F Base Minot in North Dakota to
U.S.A.F. Base Barksdale in Louisiana.  Reportedly, in total
there were six W80-1 nuclear warheads armed on AGM-129 Advanced
Cruise Missiles (ACMs) that were “lost.”  The story was first
reported by the Military Times, after military
servicemen leaked the story.
It is also worth noting that on August 27, 2007, just days
before the "lost" nukes incident, three B-52 Bombers were
performing special missions under the direct authorization of
General Moseley, the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. 
The exercise was reported as being an aerial information and
image gathering mission. The base at Minot is also home of the
91st Space Wings, a unit under the command of Air Force Space
According to official reports, the U.S. Air Force pilots did not
know that they were carrying weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).
Once in Louisiana, they also left the nuclear weapons unsecured
on the runway for several hours. 
U.S. Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans, and
Requirements, Major-General Richard Y. Newton III commented on
the incident, saying there was an “unprecedented” series of
procedural errors, which revealed “an erosion of adherence to
weapons-handling standards” 
These statements are misleading. The lax
security was not the result of procedural negligence within the
U.S. Air Force, but rather the consequence of a deliberate
tampering of these procedures.
If a soldier, marine, airman, or sailor were even to be issued a
rifle and rifle magazine — weaponry of a far lesser
significance, danger, and cost — there is a strict signing and
accountability process that involves a chain of command and
paperwork. This is part of the set of military checks and
balances used by all the services within the U.S. Armed Forces.
Military servicemen qualified to speak on the subject will
confirm that there is a stringent nuclear weapons handling
procedure. There is a rigorous, almost inflexible, chain of
command in regards to the handling of nuclear weapons and not
just any soldier, sailor, airman, or marine is allowed to handle
nuclear weapons. Only servicemen specialized in specific
handling and loading procedures, are perm certified to handle,
access and load nuclear warheads.
Every service personnel that moves or even touches these weapons
must sign a tracking paper and has total accountability for
their movement. There is good reason for the paperwork behind
moving these weapons. The military officers that order the
movement of nuclear weapons, including base commanders, must
also fill out paper forms.
In other words, unauthorized removal
of nuclear weapons would be virtually impossible to accomplish
unless the chain of command were bypassed, involving,
in this case, the deliberate tampering of the paperwork and
strategic bombers that carried the nuclear weapons also could
not fly with their loaded nuclear weaponry without the
authorization of senior military officials and the base
commander. The go-ahead authorization of senior military
officials must be transmitted to the servicemen that upload the
nuclear weapons. Without this authorization no flights can take
In the case of the missing nukes, orders were given and flight
permission was granted. Once again, any competent and eligible
U.S. Air Force member can certify that this is the standard
There are two important questions to be answered in relation to
the "lost" nukes incident:
1. Who gave the order to arm the W80-1 thermonuclear warheads on
the AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles (ACMs)? At what level in
the military hierarchy did this order originate? How was the
order transmitted down the command chain?
2. If this was not a procedural error, what was the underlying
military-political objective sought by those who gave the
The Impossibility of "Losing" Nuclear Weapons
As Robert Stormer, a former U.S.
lieutenant-commander in the U.S. Navy, has commented: “Press
reports initially cited the Air Force mistake of flying nuclear
weapons over the United States in violation of Air Force
standing orders and international treaties, while completely
missing the more important major issues, such as how six nuclear
cruise missiles got loose to begin with.” 
Stormer also makes a key point, which is not exactly a secret:
“There is a strict chain of custody for all such weapons.
Nuclear weapons handling is spelled out in great detail in Air
Force regulations, to the credit of that service. Every person
who orders the movement of these weapons, handles them, breaks
seals or moves any nuclear weapon must sign off for tracking
“Two armed munitions specialists are
required to work as a team with all nuclear weapons. All
individuals working with nuclear weapons must meet very
strict security standards and be tested for loyalty — this
is known as a ‘[Nuclear Weapons] Personnel Reliability
Program [DoDD 5210 42].’ They work in restricted areas
within eyeshot of one another and are reviewed
Stormer unwraps the whole Pentagon
cover-up by pointing out some logical facts and military
procedures. First he reveals that: “All security forces assigned
[to handle and protect nuclear weapons] are authorized to use
deadly force to protect the weapons from any threat [including
would-be thieves].” 
points out a physical reality that can not be shrugged aside:
“Nor does anyone quickly move a 1-ton cruise missile — or forget
about six of them, as reported by some news outlets, especially
cruise missiles loaded with high explosives.”
He further explains another physical and procedural reality
about nuclear weapons assembly:
“The United States also does not transport nuclear weapons meant
for elimination attached to their launch vehicles under the
wings of a combat aircraft. The procedure is to separate the
warhead from the missile, encase the warhead and transport it by
military cargo aircraft to a repository — not an operational
bomber base that just happens to be the staging area for Middle
Eastern operations.” 
This last point raises the question of what
were the nuclear weapons meant for? In this context, Stomrer
puts forth the following list of important questions to which he
demands an answer:
1. Why, and for what ostensible purpose, were these nuclear
weapons taken to Barksdale?
2. How long was it before the error was discovered?
3. How many mistakes and errors were made, and how many needed
to be made, for this to happen?
4. How many and which security protocols were overlooked?
5. How many and which safety procedures were bypassed or
6. How many other nuclear command and control non-observations
of procedure have there been?
7. What is Congress going to do to better oversee U.S. nuclear
command and control?
8. How does this incident relate to concern for reliability of
control over nuclear weapons and nuclear materials in Russia,
Pakistan and elsewhere?
9. Does the Bush administration, as some news reports suggest,
have plans to attack Iran with nuclear weapons?
It is a matter of perception, whether it is “clear” or
“unclear”, as to why the nuclear warheads had not been removed
beforehand from the missiles.
For those who have been observing these series of “unclear”
events it is becoming “clear” that a criminal government is at
the helm of the United States. There was no way that the six
nuclear missiles could have been “mistakenly” loaded, especially
when their separate warheads had to be affixed to the missiles
by individuals specialized in such a momentous task.
It is also being claimed that military teams
in both U.S.A.F. Base Minot and U.S.A.F. Base Barksdale made
major "procedural errors". What are the probabilities of this
occurring simultaneously in two locations?
It is also worth noting that original reports from military
sources talked about only five of the six nuclear warheads from
Minot being accounted for in Barksdale. Nuclear warheads are
also kept in specialized storage areas or bunkers. Moreover,
nuclear weapons are not being decommissioned at Barksdale.
The Role of the Nuclear Weapons Surety Program: What
happened to Electronic Monitoring?
The Nuclear Weapons Surety Program is a joint
program between the U.S. Department of Defence and the U.S.
Department of Energy. The National Security Agency (NSA) is also
involved as well as other U.S. federal government agencies. The
Nuclear Weapons System Safety Program is part of this program,
which involves a monitoring and safeguards regime for the U.S.
The Nuclear Weapons Security Standard falls
under the Nuclear Weapons Surety Program and is in place to
disallow any “unauthorized access to nuclear weapons; prevent
damage or sabotage to nuclear weapons; prevent loss of custody;
and prevent, to the maximum extent possible, radiological
contamination caused by unauthorized acts.”
Under this or these safeguards system there
also exists a rigorous control of use scheme, which is tied to
the military chain of command and the White House.
“Command and Control (C2)” and “Use Control”
“Use control” is a set of security measures designed to prevent
unauthorized access to nuclear weapons. These measures involve
weapons design features, operational procedures, security, and
system safety rules.
“Command and Control” or “C2” involves the Office of the
President of the United States of America. C2 is an established
line of command, which is tied to the White House. Without it,
nuclear weapons cannot be deployed or armed as they were in
U.S.A.F. Base Minot. It is these two control elements that
establish the basis of authorization through which “absolute
control of nuclear weapons” is maintained “at all times.”
In addition to the checks and balances in
place in regards to handling nuclear weapons, the Defence Threat
Reduction Agency (DTRA) and its partners manually and
electronically inspect and monitor all U.S. nuclear weapons
through the Nuclear Weapon Status Information Systems.
More Unanswered Questions: What Happened to the
Computerized Tracking System?
The Nuclear Management Information Systems “interface with each
other and provide [the U.S. Department of Defence] with the
ability to track the location of nuclear weapons and components
from cradle-to-grave [meaning from when they are made to when
they are decommissioned].” 
The Military Times also makes an omission that exposes
the official narrative as false and indicates that the event was
not just a mistake: “The Defense Department uses a computerized
tracking program to keep tabs on each one of its nuclear
warheads, said Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear
Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists.
For the six warheads to make it onto the B-52, each one would
have had to be signed out of its storage bunker and transported
to the bomber.” 
This is where the chain of command in regards to military
officers falls into play. If any of the stocked inventories of
nuclear weapons are moved to an authorized location they will be
noticed and tracked by the DTRA and will require the relevant
authorization. There is also a code system involved that is tied
to the chain of command.
The fact that the incident only apparently became known to the
U.S. Air Force when military personnel reported it, suggests
that either the nuclear weapons were ordered to be moved or that
the electronic tracking devices had been removed or tampered
with. This scenario would need the involvement of individuals
with expertise in military electronics or for those responsible
for the monitoring of nuclear weapons to look the other way or
Mysterious Deaths in the United
States Air Force: Whitewash and Cover-up
Several military personnel died under
mysterious circumstances shortly before and after the incident.
There are now questions regarding the fate of these individuals
in the U.S. Air Force who could have had relationships in one
way or another to the incident or possibly have been directly
involved. It is also necessary to state that there is no proof
that these deaths are linked to the August flight from Minot to
Barksdale in question.
Citizens for Legitimate Government has pointed towards the
involvement of the U.S. Air Force in a cover-up and has linked
several deaths of U.S. servicemen to the incident. Lori Price
has also stated for Citizens for a Legitimate Government that
“you need about fourteen signatures to get an armed nuke on a
Based on several news sources, including the U.S. military, we
provide below a detailed review of these mysterious and untimely
deaths of U.S. servicemen.
Airman 1st Class Todd Blue went on leave days
after the nuclear weapons were “lost.” Blue died under
questionable timing while on leave, visiting his family in
Wytheville, Virginia at the age of 20 on September 10, 2007. He
was a response force member assigned to the 5th Security Forces
Squadron. What does this mean?
Airman Todd Blue occupied a key position in weapons
systems security at Minot.  At Minot U.S.A.F. Base
the 5th Security Forces Squadron to which he belonged was
responsible for base entry requirements and a particular
section, the Weapons System Security section, was responsible
for preventing the unauthorized removal of military property.
The latter is responsible for security of all priority
resources, meaning the security of nuclear weapons. In other
words not only did the 5th Security Forces Squadron keep eyes on
what entered and left Minot, but they kept an eye on and
monitored the nuclear weapons.
U.S. Air Force Captain John Frueh is another
serviceman who could have been indirectly connected to the
“lost” nuclear weapons. He was reported as being last seen with
a GPS device, camera, and camcorder being carried with him in a
backpack. Local police in Oregon and the F.B.I. seemed to be
looking for him for days. His family also felt that something
bad had happened to him.
On September 8, 2007 Captain Frueh was found dead in Washington
State, near his abandoned rental car, after the Portland Police
Department contacted the Skamania County Sheriff’s Officer. 
The last time he spoke with his family was August 30, 2007. He
had arrived from Florida to attend a wedding that he never
showed up at. The Oregonian reported that “Authorities
in Portland found no activity on his credit or bank cards
since [Frueh] was last seen (...) [and that] the last call from
his cell phone was made at 12:28 p.m. [August 30, 2007] from
Mill Plain Boulevard and Interstate 205 in Vancouver [Washington
His background was in meteorology and the study of the
atmosphere and weather. He was also reported to be a U.S. Air
Force pararescue officer.  He was also a major-select
candidate, which means he was selected for a promotion as a U.S.
Air Force major, but was not officially promoted.
Captain Frueh belonged to the
U.S.A.F. Special Operations Command. U.S.A.F. Special
Operations Command has its headquarters in Hurlburt Field,
Florida and is one of nine major Air Force commands. It is also
the U.S. Air Force’s component of U.S. Special Operations
Command, a unified command located at MacDill Air Force Base,
which is also in Florida. The force provides special operations
forces for worldwide deployment and assignment to regional
unified commands, such as CENTCOM. Its missions include conduct
of global special operations. These operations — and this is
where careful attention should be paid — range from “precision
application of firepower, such as nuclear weapons,” to
infiltration, exfiltration (the removal of “devices,” supplies,
spies, special agents, or units from enemy territory), re-supply
and refuelling of special operational elements.
In Captain Frueh’s case his death is
questionable too. The U.S. Air Force would not let a missing
persons’ investigation go forward by the police without
conducting its own investigation. Usually the different service
branches of the U.S. military would investigate for missing
servicemen, to see if these individuals are Absent Without
Authorized Leave (AWAL) or have deserted, before an individual’s
case is handed over to the police.
Huff, Linda Huff, and Weston Kissel
Another military weatherman, along with his
wife, also died after August 30, 2007. Senior Airman
Clint Huff, belonging to the 26th Operational Weather
Squadron and his wife Linda Huff died in a motorcycle accident
on September 15, 2007.  The husband and wife fatality
happened on Shreveport-Blanchard Highway, near U.S.A.F. Base
Barksdale, when according to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Officer
a Pontiac Aztec, a medium-sized SUV, initiated a left turn at
the same time that the couple attempted to pass on a no passing
zone and collided. 
First-Lieutenant Weston Kissel, a B-52H
Stratofortress Bomber pilot, also died in a reported Tennessee
motorcycle accident. This was while he was on leave in, less
than two months from the nuclear B-52 flights, on July 17, 2007.
 His death came after another single-vehicle accident by
another Minot serviceman, Senior Airman Adam Barrs. 
Adam Barrs and Stephen Garrett
Senior Airman Barrs died as a passenger in a
vehicle being driven by Airman 1st Class Stephen Garrett, also
from Minot. Garrett, also belongs to the 5th Aircraft
The death of Barrs was reported as being part of a
single-vehicle car accident. Associated Press reports
state that “[Minot] Base officials say 20-year-old Barrs was a
passenger in a vehicle that failed to negotiate a curve, hit an
approach, hit a tree and started on fire late Tuesday [July 3,
2007] night.”  Barrs was pronounced dead on the scene of the
accident, while Garrett was taken the hospital with no updates
released by the U.S. Air Force. Adam Barrs also belonged to the
5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, where he was responsible for
the maintenance and securing of the electronic communicational
and navigation mission systems aboard the B-52H Stratofortresses
on base. The 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron is also one of
the units that are responsible for loading and unloading
weaponry onto the B-52H Stratofortresses.
The deaths of Kissel and Barrs could be dismissed as irrelevant
because they occurred prior to the incident. However, Barrs and
Kissel could have been in one way or another connected to the
advanced planning of the special operation, prior to the
incident (special operations are not planned in a few days and
may take months and even longer). There is, of course, no proof
and only an independent investigation will be able to
reveal whether these deaths are connected to the incident.
If there was an internal and secretive operation bypassing most
military personnel, a few men in key positions would have to
have been involved over a period of time prior to the August
29/30, 2007 flight. Senior Airman Barrs, due to his expertise in
communication and navigational systems, could potentially have
been involved in the preparations that would have allowed the
nuclear weapons to escape detection by military surveillance and
be ready for takeoff.
Reprimands, Replacements and Reassignments in the U.S.A.F.
Chain of Command
Senior officers, including three colonels and
a lieutenant-colonel, are among seventy personnel that will
reportedly be disciplined for negligence and for allowing a
B-52H Stratofortress Bomber to fly across the U.S. carrying six
nuclear-armed cruise missiles that should never have been loaded
under its wings. 
According to the Military Times,
George W. Bush Jr. had been swiftly informed. This is a lockstep
procedure. This illustrates the importance tied to the
authorization needed for handling nuclear weapons. This is part
of a two-way process in regards to authorization from the White
The commander of the 5th Munitions Squadron and the commander of
the 5th Bomb Wing, Colonel Bruce Emig, have been replaced along
with a series of other senior officers. This implies that the
U.S. Air Force chain of command is directly involved in this
event. None of these senior officers have been authorized to
speak or make statements, according to U.S. military sources.
Will any of these officers receive lucrative departure packages?
Have they been reassigned?
More generally, the nature of the reprimands directed against
senior officers involved has not been fully disclosed.
The “memory” of the incident is being erased
through a reorganization of the ranks and a purge at U.S.A.F.
Base Minot. The streamlining of the chain of command as well as
the mysterious deaths of personnel who could have been involved
in the incident, raise a series of far-reaching questions.
There are several important issues regarding the senior
officers’ chain of command at Minot, which will be addressed in
this article. Once again, the most important questions in
regards to the missing nukes are: Who gave the orders
and authorization for the operation and what
where the underlying objectives of loading armed
Other Mysterious Deaths: Was
the Missing Nukes Incident connected to US War Plans directed
A U.S. Air Force official, Charles D.
Riechers, has been found dead on October 14, 2007. 
Riechers was a retired Air Force officer and master navigator
specializing in electronic warfare. He was a member of the
Senior Executive Service of the U.S. Air Force, and was the
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for
Acquisition and Management. A description of his duties includes
“providing sound expert advice and guidance on acquisition and
procurement policies, as well as formulating, reviewing and, as
assigned, execution of plans, programs and policies relating to
organization, function, operation and improvement of the Air
Force’s acquisition system.”
He apparently killed himself by running his
car’s engine inside his suburban garage in Virginia. The death
of Charles D. Riechers has been casually linked by The
Washington Post to his involvement in fraudulent activities
and embezzlement.  The Washington Post reported
that the Air Force had asked defense contractor, Commonwealth
Research Institute (C.R.I.), to give him a job with no known
duties while he waited for official clearance for his promoted
rank in the Pentagon. Riechers is quoted as saying: “I really
didn’t do anything for C.R.I.,” and “I [still] got a paycheck
from them.” The question, of course, was whether the contractor
might expect favours in return upon his assignment to the
Pentagon last January.  A mysterious suicide letter
expressing shame was subsequently reported; the letter
was reportedly from a man who had already admitted without shame
that he was receiving money for doing nothing. This was known to
the U.S. Senate, which had approved his promotion.
In a report featured by Pravda,
Russian Intelligence analysts have said that the reported
suicide of Charles D. Riechers was a cover-up and that he was
murdered because of his involvement in the controversial flight
of nuclear weapons over the continental United States.
Pravda reports that “Russian
Intelligence Analysts are reporting today that American War
Leaders have ‘suicided’ [sic] one of their Top US Air Force
Officials Charles D. Riechers as the rift growing between the
U.S. War Leaders and their Top Military Officers over a nuclear
attack on Iran appears to be nearing open warfare.” 
According to the Pravda report, the
incident was linked to an operation to smuggle nuclear weapons
away from the U.S. military in connection to launching a war
The Commonwealth Research Institute (CRI), a registered
non-profit organization is a subsidiary of Concurrent
Technologies, which is registered with the IRS as a tax-exempt
charity, which is run by Daniel Richard DeVos. Devos is also an
associate of John P. Murtha, who was investigated by the F.B.I.
for his Saudi links.
Certainly the ties of the Commonwealth
Research Institute (CRI), a non-profit organization working for
the Pentagon, are questionable and the organization could be a
front for internal operations that bypass most military
personnel. The case appears to be part of an internal operation
that was being kept a secret from most of the U.S. military, but
More than a month before the death of Riechers, General
Russell Elliot Dougherty, a retired flag officer, was
also reported to have died on September 7, 2007 at his home in
Falcon Landing military retirement community in Potomac Falls
located in Arlington, Virginia.  He once was one of the most
senior individuals responsible for the nuclear arsenal of the
U.S. military and also the former commander of Strategic Air
Command (SAC) and director of the Joint Strategic Target
Planning Staff, which identified nuclear targets worldwide
amongst its responsibilities. At Minot next to his obituary was
a military information notice on suicide, telling servicepersons
what the signs of suicide are. 
Russell Dougherty in the course of his military career in the
U.S. Air Force had dealt with the issues pertaining to Mutual
Assured Destruction (MAD), full spectrum dominance, how to
defeat the enemy and avoid a nuclear war, other uses
for nuclear weaponry, Nuclear Primacy for the U.S., and tackling
the effects of the wind and weather — due to their unpredictable
natures — on the use of nuclear weapons.
The fact that the nuclear warheads were attached to the nuclear
cruise missiles could mean that someone wanted to take the
weapons in one step or to use them right away.
Timely Appointments at U.S.A.F. Base Minot
Several of the commanding officers at Minot were freshly
appointed in June, 2007. This may have been part of standard
procedures, but the timing should not be ignored.
Colonel Robert D. Critchlow was transferred,
just before the incident, from the Pentagon to Minot and
appointed commanding officer for the 91st Operations Group, a
missileer unit and the operational backbone of the 91st Space
Wing. In Washington, D.C. he was involved in research for the
Congressional Research Services and later posted into Air Force
Nuclear Response and Homeland Defence.
Colonel Myron L. Freeman was transferred from
Japan to Minot in June, 2007. Colonel Freeman was appointed as
the commander of the 91st Security Forces Group, which is
responsible for securing Minot’s nuclear arsenal.
Colonel Gregory S. Tims was also appointed as
deputy commander or vice-commander of the 91st Space Wing in
June, 2007. However, Colonel Tims was transfered to Minot from
California almost a year before.
One of the most senior non-commissioned officers (NCOs) or
non-commissioned members (NCMs), Chief Master Sergeant
Mark R. Clark, was also transferred to U.S.A.F. Base
Minot from Nebraska in July, 2007.
Colonel Roosevelt Allen was also transferred to
Minot from Washington, D.C. to become commander of the 5th
Colonel Bruce Emig, the now-former commander of
the 5th Bomb Wing, was also transferred to Minot from U.S.A.F.
Base Ellsworth in South Dakota in June, 2007. Colonel Emig
was also the base commander of Minot.
Colonel Cynthia M. Lundell, the now-former group
commander for the 5th Maintenance Group, the unit responsible
for loading and unloading weaponry onto the B-52H
Stratofortresses was also freshly transferred from a NATO post
in Western Europe in June, 2007. Were these appointments
temporary? Were any of these appointments related to the six
“lost” nuclear missiles?
Prior to the Missing Nukes Incident, Minot Airmen Meet with the
President and the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff
On June 15, 2007, George W. Bush Jr. met senior
officers from U.S.A.F. Base Minot at U.S.A.F. Base McConnell in
Wichita, Kansas during a visit to Boeing’s Integrated Defense
Systems facility. Amongst them was Major Daniel Giacomazza of
the 5th Operational Support Squadron.
Senator Patrick Roberts of Kansas was also present. “While he
chaired the Senate Intelligence Committe from 2002 to 2007,
[Senator] Roberts stonewalled attempts to investigate everything
from the manipulation of intelligence in the rush to war in
Iraq, President Bush’s warrantless wiretaps, and even
allegations of the use of torture by the CIA,” according to
Associated Press (AP) reports.  The same report also
indicates that the U.S. President was in Wichita for a political
fundraiser, and stopped at a new Boys and Girls Club of America
to defray the costs of getting to Wichita via Air Force One for
Senator Roberts’ campaign.
Military sources have reported that a B-52H Stratofortress was
flown to Wichita so that Boeing’s engineers could take a look in
order to make adjustments to the war planes for a new military
program.  Nothing has been reported about any private
meetings between President Bush Jr. or any of his presidential
staff and the personnel from Minot. However, reports have been
made of meetings between military families and the U.S.
President in his office on Air Force One.
General Moseley, the Air Force Chief of Staff, had previously
visited Minot on March 14-15, 2007, a month
before Minot airmen went to Wichita.  If a secret mission
was being prepared, these events could have played a role in the
recruiting phases for an important internal special
operation. Following their recruitment, Minot servicemen could
have symbolically met General Moseley or White House officials
to understand that the mission was being sanctioned by the
highest ranks and offices in the United States.
Orders had to Come from the Top: Treason of the Highest
Orders had to come from higher up.
The operation would not have been possible without the
involvement of more than one individual in the highest ranks of
the U.S. Air Force command structure and the Pentagon.
The only way to bypass these separate chains of command is “to
be above them” (from higher up), as well as have the possibility
of directly overseeing their implementation.
These orders would then have been communicated to lower levels
in the US Air Force command chain in different locations, to
allow for a so-called “oversight” to proceed. The alternative to
this is “an alternative chain of command,” although this also
needs someone in the highest ranks of office to organize and
The post given to Riechers was politically
motivated, given his track record in the U.S. Air Force. Riechers
had been in a position of responsibility in the U.S. Air Force
special operational support activities; something he had in
common with Russell Dougherty, the former SAC commander. He
would have been one of the best suited individuals for making
arrangements in the case of an alternative command structure for
a secretive nuclear operation. Moreover, he already had a record
of corrupt behaviour through his involvement with the
Commonwealth Research Institute. The possible involvement of
U.S. Air Force weathermen and special operatives raises many
questions as to what exactly was the objective of making the
nuclear weapons disappear. 
The U.S. Air Force has publicly stated that it has made a
“mistake,” which is very unusual and almost unprecedented for a
military organization that tries to continually assure the
American public of their safety.
The fact that seventy or more military personnel have been
punished in the case of the “lost” nuclear weapons does not
mean, however, that the senior commanding officers responsible
for having carried out the special operation will be identified
Quite the opposite. The investigation could indeed result in a
camouflage of the chain of command, where lower-ranking military
personnel are accused and court-martialed, with a view to
ultimately protecting those in high office who have committed an
act of treason.
The series of deaths mentioned above, may have no ties
whatsoever with the the August flight in question from Minot to
Barksdale, but the issues of command, monitoring, and
authorization cannot be overlooked or ignored. The American
people have before them a case of treason that involves the
highest offices of government and most probably the offices of
the President and the Vice-President.
Once again, the “C2” process involves the Office of the
President and Commander-in-Chief. It is an established line of
command, without which nuclear weapons could not have been
deployed or armed as they were in U.S.A.F. Base Minot. It is
this command element that establishes the basis of authorization
through which “absolute control of nuclear weapons” is
maintained “at all times.”
With time it is possible that military servicemen and
servicewomen may come forward with more information.
However, in the meantime, there has been a streamlining of
military personnel at U.S.A.F. Minot. Base personnel have become
dispersed and reassigned to other locations.
If they on the grounds of loyalty to their country, the United
States of America, come forward and reveal what has taken place,
they are to be saluted with full honour by all ranks. As George
Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth
becomes a revolutionary act,” and indeed these are deceitful
The fact that U.S. Air Force officers came
forward and reported this incident is contrary to U.S. military
procedures, regulations, and laws. The U.S. military will never
release any information that will risk or damage its reputation.
Any information in regards to nuclear weapons can not be
released without prior consultations with and authorization by
the White House.
The nuclear weapons were armed and moved deliberately. Orders
had to have come from the highest echelons of the U.S.
The question is what exactly were they meant for? Were they part
of a war agenda or something else?
Bush Threatens Iran with Nuclear Weapons
What adds intrigue to an understanding of the missing nukes, are
the international events and war games taking place just after
the “lost” nuclear weapons incident, not to mention
the President’s ongoing threats to attack Iran with nuclear
weapons and Vice President Cheney's repeated warnings that a
second large scale terrorist attack on America is under
preparation, with the support of Iran.
In the U.S., under the Vigilant Shield 2008 war games (initiated
in September, 2007) and the TOPOFF anti-terrorism
exercises, some form of nuclear terrorist attack on American
soil had been envisaged. The roles of Russia and China had also
been contemplated. The latter would be “a likely scenario” had
the U.S. attacked Iran and as a result Russia and China had
decided to intervene.  Under Vigilant Shield 2007, held in
2006, the possibility of a nuclear war with Iran’s allies,
Russia and China, had been contemplated in the war games
The Kremlin has responded by holding its own war games.
An unveiled threat to trigger World War Three has been
the response of George W. Bush Jr. to Russia’s statements
warning that a U.S. sponsored war with Iran, could result in an
escalating World War III scenario.
The six nuclear warheads were not meant for use in theatre
operations against Iran. This is obvious because if they were
then they would have been deployed via the proper procedural
routes without the need to hide anything. Besides, there are
already theatre-level nuclear weapons ready and armed in Europe
and the Middle East for any possible Middle Eastern mission.
There was something more to the incident.
It is also worth noting that the Israelis launched an attack on
an alleged Syrian nuclear facility that both Tel Aviv and the
White House claim was constructed with the assistance of North
Korea. This event has been used, through official statements and
media disinformation, to draw a Syria-Iran-North Korea nuclear
proliferation axis. 
In regards to the case of the missing nuclear weapons,
weathermen and military personnel with an expertise in space and
missile components were involved. The incident took place during
a time when the U.S. missile shield projects in Eastern Europe
and Eastern Asia, directed against Russia and China, were
raising international tensions and alarms. On October 23, 2007,
President Bush Jr. stated: “The need for missile defence in
Europe is real and I believe it’s urgent.” 
Nuclear warfare, the militarization of space, and “the missile
shield” are interrelated military processes. The overtones of
Nuclear Primacy are hanging in the air. One of the goals of the
U.S. military has been to effectively shield itself from a
potential Russian or potential Russian and Chinese nuclear
response to a nuclear “First Strike” from the U.S. military.
 The militarization of space is also deeply linked to this
military project. Like their advanced knowledge about the U.S.
missile shield project, Russian and Chinese officials have got
wind of these ambitions and are fully aware of what the U.S.
intends to do.
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya is an independent writer based in
Ottawa specializing in Middle Eastern affair. He is a Research
Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG).
 Sarah Baxter, US hits panic button as air force ‘loses’
nuclear missiles, The Times (U.K.),
October 21, 2007.
 The Nuclear Reactions Data Centres also
estimated that the W80-1 stockpile included a total of 1,400
warheads remain in stockpile associated with the 900 ALCMs that
are in storage with their warheads removed.
 Baxter, US hits panic button,
Andrew Prime, Barksdale bombers expand B-52 capabilities,
The Sheveport Times,
August 27, 2007.
 Baxter, US hits panic button,
Op. cit.; Major-General Newton is also responsible for
formulating policy supporting air, space, nuclear,
counter-proliferation, homeland, weather, and cyber operations.
Because of his role as one of the Air Forces’ key flag officers
in regards to nuclear issues and counter-proliferation he has
been involved in war planning in regards to Iran, Israeli
preparations for attacks on Syria, and the 2006 Israeli war
 Robert Stormer, Nuke transportation
story has explosive implications, Fort Worth
Star-Telegram, Octobers 8, 2007.
 Ibid.; To help ensure adequate
shipboard security, TLAM-N is protected by an intrusion
detection alarm system that indicates an intrusion, both
visually and audibly, at a continuously manned station capable
of dispatching a security team.
 Michael Hoffman, B-52 mistakenly
flies with nukes aboard, Military Times, September
10, 2007; Associated Press sources also made the same
report. Military Times simply changed their article and AP
withdrew its report on the basis of a factual error.
 Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defence
(DoD), Year 2000 Status of the Defense Threat Reduction
Agency Nuclear Weapon Information Tracking Systems, Report
No. 99-235 (August 19, 1999).
 Michael Hoffman, Commander
disciplined for nuclear mistake, Militarty Times,
September 7, 2007.
 Minot Airman dies while on leave, Minot Air
Force Base Public Affairs,
September 12, 2007.
 Body of missing Air Force captain
found, Associated Press,
September 10, 2007.
 Kimberly Wilson, Portland police seek
Air Force weatherman missing on trip, The Oregonian,
September 5, 2007.
 U.S. Air Force operatives that are tasked with recovery and
medical treatment of personnel in war environments, as well as
handling astronauts returning from space. They are the only
members of the U.S. military that are specially trained and
equipped to conduct personnel recovery operations in hostile or
denied areas as a primary mission.
 Victims in Saturday motorcycle accident identified, The
September 16, 2007; Notice of Active Duty Death,
September 21, 2007, p.1.
 John Andrew Prime, Caddo deputies
work double fatality accident, The Sheveport Times,
September 15, 2007.
 Minot Airman dies in motorcycle
accident, Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs,
July 18, 2007.
 Minot Airman identified, Minot
Air Force Base Public Affairs,
July 5, 2007.
 Authorities identify Minot airman
killed in crash, Associated Press, July 5, 2007.
 Baxter, US hits panic button,
 Air Force official found dead,
October 16, 2007; Ginger Thompson and Eric Schmitt, Top
Air Force Official Dies in Apparent Suicide, The New
October 16, 2007.
 Robert O’Harrow Jr., Air Force
Arranged No-Work Contract: Experts Question Official’s Deal With
Nonprofit, The Washington Post, October 1, 2007,
 Top US Air Force official ‘suicided’ [sic] as Iran war
October 16, 2007.
 Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb, Obituaries:
Russell E. Dougherty, The Washington Post, October
13, 2007, p.B06.
 General Dougherty, former SAC
commander, dies, The Bombardier,
September 21, 2007, p.9.
 Deb Reichmann, Bush Raises Money for
Kansas Senator, Associated Press,
June 15, 2007.
 Warbirds meet commander and chief, Minot Air
Force Base Public Affairs,
June 22, 2007.
 Staff Sergeant Trevor Tiernan, CSAF visits Minot,
Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs,
March 16, 2007.
 Infra. n.38.
 Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Vigilant Shield 2008:
Terrorism, Air Defences, and the Domestic Deployment of the US
Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), October
6, 2007; Michel Chossoduvsky, Dangerous Crossroads: US
Sponsored War Games,
Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), October
6, 2007; The March to War: NATO Preparing for War with Serbia?
Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG),
October 19, 2007.
 Michel Chossudovsky, New Cold War:
Simultaneously, Russia and America Conduct Major War Games,
Centre for Research on Globalization,
October 16, 2007.
 Both the U.S. and Israeli governments
cite the arrival of a North Korean ship with alleged
nuclear-related cargo as proof, but one needs only point out one
fact to dislodge this claim. The U.S. government has setup an
internationally illegal program involved in policing the seas
and maritime traffic, the International Proliferation Initiative
(IPI). Under the IPI the U.S. has been illegally stopping North
Korean vessels and inspecting them, especially when they have
suspected suspicious materials. Hereto, North Korea has not been
given any carte blanches from vessel inspections. The U.S. Navy
and NATO vessels have a virtual cordon of the waterways around
the Middle East from the Indian Ocean to the Read Sea and
Mediterranean Sea. If the North Korean vessel had nuclear
materials it would never have reached Syria.
 Missile shield is ‘urgent’ - Bush, British
Broadcasting Corporation (BBC),
October 23, 2007.
The U.S. is well in the process of implementing the
recommendations of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC);
“[The United States must] develop and deploy missile defences to
defend the American homeland and American allies, and to provide
a secure basis for U.S. power projection around the world,” and
“Control the new ‘international commons’ of space and cyberspace
and pave the way for the creation of a new military service —
U.S. Space Forces — with the mission of space control.”
Thomas Donnelly et al., Rebuilding America’s
Defenses: Strategy, Forces, and Resources For A New Century
(The Project for the New American Century: September 2000),
 It is here that two things should be noted in regards to
physics and magnetospheric physics; Firstly, nuclear explosions
from the air are different than ground-based nuclear explosions
in many ways (including contamination levels), but the weather
and wind direction are major unknowns or variables; Secondly, as
a fundamental natural law energy never disappears, it only
changes or is transferred. The energy from nuclear explosions
can theoretically be transferred into the Earth’ magnetic
radiation fields, called the Van Allen Belt or the Van Allen
Belts, and used to energize and excite various particles,
sub-atomic particles, and ions. Tentatively, if manipulated this
can have harmful results on surface areas, including burning
electronic and communication devices, and military applications
such as disrupting satellites in space. If this were possible
Russian, Chinese, Iranian, or Indian military defences,
communications, and missile facilities could be effortlessly
These radiation belts also travel in loops
and notionally an energized pulse set off from an area in the
U.S. could circumnavigate into an area halfway around the globe.
In fact the U.S. military has been experimenting with
manipulating the radiation belts since the end of the Second
World War. The U.S. Navy’s Project Argus, taking place from
August to September 1958, is an example. A total of five nuclear
weapons were used; three atom bombs (weapons using nuclear
fission) were detonated above the Atlantic Ocean and two
thermonuclear or hydrogen bombs (weapons using nuclear fusion)
in the Pacific Ocean in an effort to manipulate the Van Allen
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