Sunday, September 16, 2007

Dangerous Time To Be Based at Minot, Apparently

Well.... things sure are gettin' innerestin!

We're still on that (runaway) train of thought about the nuclear "accident" involving one B-52 bomber, two USAF bases and six armed cruise missiles. You must remember the one (scroll down, if you don't). A B-52 bomber carrying six cruise missiles took a rather uneventful flight from Minot AFB in North Dakota to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana.

Apparently, somebody - oops! - slipped up and those missiles were carrying live nuclear warheads (five or six of them, depending on what you read and who you believe). The official explanation is that it was a screw up and people are being punished, as well as investigations being carried out.

I'll bet. Even in the military, where SNAFU is an old acronym and where huge, deadly bungles are written off as almost routine, someone would have to try very hard to screw this up.

Most of the existing stock of these weapons is kept in storage in Nevada and New Mexico. Barksdale AFB is the step-off point for operations in the Middle East. There are some very basic questions that need to be asked.

  1. If you wanted to decommission some of them, wouldn't you decommission units you already have in storage, not those stockpiled on a base?
  2. Why would you mount missiles with dummy warheads on a B-52 for transport? Why not instead use, um, a transport?
  3. Why fly them from North Dakota to Lousiana, AWAY from Nevada and New Mexico?

I know, I know. I have no idea how these things operate and there are perfectly reasonable explanations for all of this.

What about this stuff?

Minot Air Force Base Airman Died While on Leave briefly discusses the death of Airman 1st Class Todd Blue. According to the Minot Air Force Base website, "Airman 1st Class Todd Blue, 20, was a response force member assigned to the 5th Security Forces Squadron." Reports indicate he was assigned to the unit providing security for the bomber wing.

Minot Airman dies in motorcycle accident is the offical news report about the death July 17th of B-52 pilot, First Lt. Weston Kissel.

Authorities identify Minot airman killed in crash provides details about the accident that resulted in the death of Adam Barrs. In a spooky example of something I like to call "ghosts of the internet", his MySpace profile plays the song Beautiful Girls in which Sean Kingston sings, "...You'll have me suicidal, suicidal...."

Now, I wouldn't ordinarily be interested in something as mundane or dare I say it, "normal" (which, let's face it, in the USA, it rather unfortunately is), as "Langley airman charged in hotel balcony toss" except for the fact that 21 year-old Airman 1st Class William Donahue is assigned to the 1st Communications Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, where, it just so happens, another William Donahue, Lt. Gen. USAF (retired), was based while he was one of the heads and architects of USAF communications and information management.He now sites on the boards of companies like Robbins-Goia

Now I wouldn't normally even be so interesting in THAT were it not for the fact that while Googling Lt. Gen. William J. Donahue, USAF (retired) and 1st Class William Donahue of the 1st Communications Squadron, Langley AFB, I kept coming across stories about cyberattacks on US military systems.

So my furry little ears definitely pricked up when I tripped over this piece at RumorMillNews that attempts to link together the whole Barksdale nukes fiasco and cyberwar.

Where it REALLY gets interesting is this theory about how the reported disappearance of Steve Fossett is connected.

Now where was I? Oh yeah, that flurry of deaths involving US military personnel based at Minot.

Another to fall prey to the "Minot jinx", John Frueh died in July. Was he a B-52 pilot? Was he a Captain? Was he a "combat weatherman"? Officialy, he was a Major-Select and was assigned to Special Operations Command. Some are writing that he was part of the security detail for nuclear bombers. He was apparently, "...last seen April 29th (28 hours before his last phone call) heading out for a walk with a GPS, camera and camcorder." He apparently shot himself dead near his rental car.

So let me get this right. He flew all the way across the USA to attend the wedding of a friend. He went out for a walk with a GPS, camera and camcorder. He then decided to kill himself?

People better at this game than I have their own takes.
Looks like Chuck Simpson of The Geronimo Manifesto is paying close attention, too.

What worries me is that I have long understood that were a nuclear device to detonate in the USA, technology would allow other nations and NGOs to determine whose device it actually was, making it nearly impossible for the kind of false-flag operation being bandied about by conspiracy theorists to be a reality. Apparently, I was wrong and it would not necessarily be possible to know whose nuke went off.

There's one thing that's still bugging me, though. Would somebody PLEASE tell me how the death of Congressman Paul Gillmor fits into all of this?

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