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Axel

Dear Readers, September 12, 2007

I have just read Mr. Beausoliel reply comment to POGO's Mr. Pruett's article and I am thankful as a reader of the articles on this website that Mr. Beausoliel has provided his input to this article from Mr. Pruett. Without proper and/or reasonable accountability in these areas and within Governments appears to leave Faith, Hope and Conscienceable Endeavors towards righteousness bleak and/or mostly or appearing most likely non-existent (at best). Again, I am thankful that Mr. Beausoliel has exprressed his information and/or views within this public format that is provided from POGO.

Please note that as our Executive, Judicial and Legislative Branches of our US Government have continued to fail to hold those accountable for this Illegal War, Patriot Act with violations of our US Laws and Treaties, Unwarranted and Constitutional Illegal Secrecy, false and frivioulous signing statements and many other high crimes and misdeamoners, etc. Also on Democracy Now.org radio podcast this morning there are apparently substantially creditable appearing allegations from two pulitzer prize winning Writers/Authors who formerly where employed with Time Magazine and apparently noe employed with Vanity Fair magazine and have an article from their investigation as to where and how Billions of US Dollars from our US Treasury Facility have been transferred to Iraq and have disappeared and with no Accountability and as expectedly required by Law. This Democracy now.org Radio pedcast from these Pulitzer Prize winning Authors clearly mention how even Whistleblowers have been rejected by our Executive, Judicial and legislative Branches of our US Government and with no remaing appearing available to be properly heard. This Radio podcast can be viewed from the DemocracyNow.org Archives at no charge with no identity or any other requirement requests.

In closing, as some promise of a hopefull endeavor, let us continue to hope that our US Senatorial Judiciary Legislative branch of our US Government will immediately desist to friviously and unnecessarrily delay US Senat Bill S. 274 and immediately bring this US Senate Bill to their Senate Floor for a vote. It is time to give our country and our Democracy a chance to be heard and end the innapropriate secercy.

Thank you and all for your time and consideratrion.

Sincerely,
Axel

dana beausoleil

In the late 1980's, the submarine version of the tomahawk nuclear missile was developed and deployed. Designated the Tomahawk TLAM-N, it is commonly known that they routinely deployed on US submarines as a second strike nuclear option and were intended for patrols targeted at the USSR. I was personally onboard the USS Portsmouth, SSN-707 one day after returning from a deployment when two of these nuclear missiles were onboard. The actual date must remain classified. However, the fact that the USS Portsmouth was tomahawk equipped and routinely deployed to the western Pacific Ocean, and beyond, is not so therefore what I am about to divulge is not classified information.

On this particular date, it was noted in all the official logs of that ship that the executive officer, while in port, ordered that all available personnel remove trash from the ship and take it pier side. Enlisted personnel were quick to point out that requiring all 'off watch' personnel to leave the ship, head up through a submarine tender, depart the tender and head to the end of the pier and return would leave two of the United States most advanced nuclear weapons guarded only by one sailor with a shotgun and one sailor with a .45cal pistol and the SAT and BAF (Security Alert Force) and (Backup Alert Force) would be made unavailable to protect the ship and the weapons for as long as 45 minutes during this evolution.

Alternatives, including having only a few personnel take all the trash off the ship over a period of time were rejected by LCDR Bishop. At that time, he demanded the order be followed. Consequently, all ‘off watch’ personnel left the ship leaving only the few watch standers on watch, only two armed, one of which was the topside watch and the other was the torpedo room watch.

In protest, and in the proper performance of their duties, the shutdown reactor operator and the torpedo room watch placed the appropriate entries in their logs noting that the SAT and BAF were off the ship and that the security of nuclear weapons was in violation of USN and national security regulations. Further, they noted ship security was compromised for approximately 45 minutes. This is no small event. Anyone in a small boat could have pulled up alongside and, noting the exodus of the majority of the dockside watch section, could have taken out the .45cal topside watch and taken control of one of our nation's state of the art nuclear submarines within a matter of moments. Even a lone gunman with one automatic weapon could have seized control of one of our nation’s most fierce weapons platforms. The consequences are frightening tremendously and the fact that San Diego could have been turned into an uninhabitable harbor for the next 10,000 years were all in place that day.

Submariners are elite for a reason. Not the smallest of which is that they follow the regulations demanded of them. As was their duty, the watch standers turned in their logs with the noted event. The following day, the logs were reviewed by the watch officers. Upon siting the entries by the enlisted watch standers, they ordered the watch standers to remove the entries from the logs and rewrite the logs to delete the offending entry.

The watch standers refused the unlawful order.

When evaluations came out in the next evaluation period, those enlisted who were on watch that day were given retaliatory evaluations, which I personally read. I, having been not on watch that day, was one of the crew who left the ship. Because I was off going watch, I was a member of the SAT team. As I walked far from my duty with two bags of trash, I spent a lot of time looking back over my shoulder at my unguarded ship. Fortunately, like most abuses of power, this one did not yield catastrophic consequences to our nation at that time. However, good sailors left the navy after that incident, as did I for what we were forced to do, which was to compromise our nation’s security for a bag of trash.

There are those that would argue that posting this type of information is a violation of regulations. However, it is never a violation of regulations to report a violation of regulations...especially involving nuclear security regulations.

These things happen all the time. In 2004, while serving in Iraq, I personally reported on national security violations placing American soldiers in harm's way and compromising our national security in direct violation of EO 12958 and AR 380-5. Even upon showing these regulations to the officers in charge of the 167th CSG, they ignored these regulations. When, as regulations dictate, I demanded a security investigation, they refused. It was at that time that I learned they did not even have a designated security manager. Eventually, after multiple national security violations, the commanding officer, COL Gordon McKenzie ordered a security officer be designated. Again, in his arrogance, he ignored regulations and designated an unqualified and 'outside the intent of the regulation' E-5 NCO to become the security manager.

During that entire year in combat, I was never interviewed once for these events I documented and, eventually reported to congress. As for the security mangager? She was busted to an E-4 for violating general order number 1 and drinking while in combat.

It would not surprise me if the Colonel whose command ignored training and investigating the security incidents in his command is now a general. For, as we all know, those who speak the truth are burned at the stake and those who hitch their wagons to the powerful gain the rewards of rank and wealth.

In any event, by May 2007, I was informed that the congressional investigations I had filed on these matters had been 'lost' by the 167th CSG. Consequently, I have since requested follow up congressional investigations into how a unit that violated national security was allowed to investigate itself and then 'lose' the investigation.

The fact of the matter is I retain photographic evidence of the arrogance of brigade level officers and below to 'shoot from the hip' instead of obey regulations. As far as I am concerned, they are traitors to our nation, have most probably caused the needless death of soldiers, and should be fully prosecuted. This, however, will not happen. In the US military, the truth is the victim, not the objective.

The messenger will be shot.

I've survived being blown up by an IED. The unit I filed charges against ended my career with attempting to place me on charges 3x and, when ineffective, resorted to only able to write a retaliatory evaluation. Since I am fully eligible to retire and am not promotable, there is no consequence I am not willing to face to let the truth be known that the arrogance and lies of some is costing the lives of many and the futures of our children (not to mention the failure to secure our nation).

Until the corrupt are brought to justice, the threat from within will remain. I submit it is greater than those threats from beyond our borders. The threat to freedom has always been most from within. It always shall be. Silencing the truth is the path to the end of liberty.

Give me liberty, or give me death.

I'd rather mop floors with honor than serve a corrupt commander. If more military held to that standard, waste, fraud and abuse of the people's defense would be a history lesson not an upcoming investigation.

God Bless those who served with, and continue to serve with honor. God damn to hell those to their own private hell who sacrifice freedom, the rule of law, the regulations we are sworn to uphold, and the democracy we are sworn to defend, for their own personal or professional gain.

Many of these types of traitors to our nation prosper in this life while those who hold to our nation's ideals struggle to survive. Like Christianity or most any other religion, those who suffer for righteousness today will be rewarded someday. As for the rest, well, we know where their path shall lead.

And may God have mercy on their souls.


G. Florence

I am advised by DOD types that it is not possible by sight to identify nuclear missles from others by sight. It would appear that information was leaked by someone. That airbase is used for staging flights of personnel and materials to the Middle East. My source says that the nuclear missiles are not moved on a whim, but were no doubt being put into position for possible deployment in the near to late future. Someone must know something most of us don't. And someone must be getting ready to drop them somewhere, for reasons we do not understand yet. Creepy! It does seem like things are spiraling out of control. GFS

Kevin Gambrell

Staging Nukes for Iran?
by Larry Johnson

Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 05:11:26 PM EST

Why the hubbub over a B-52 taking off from a B-52 base in Minot, North Dakota and subsequently landing at a B-52 base in Barksdale, Louisiana? That’s like getting excited if you see postal worker in uniform walking out of a post office. And how does someone watching a B-52 land identify the cruise missiles as nukes? It just does not make sense.
So I called a old friend and retired B-52 pilot and asked him. What he told me offers one compelling case of circumstantial evidence. My buddy, let’s call him Jack D. Ripper, reminded me that the only times you put weapons on a plane is when they are on alert or if you are tasked to move the weapons to a specific site.

Then he told me something I had not heard before.

Barksdale Air Force Base is being used as a jumping off point for Middle East operations. Gee, why would we want cruise missile nukes at Barksdale Air Force Base. Can’t imagine we would need to use them in Iraq. Why would we want to preposition nuclear weapons at a base conducting Middle East operations?

His final point was to observe that someone on the inside obviously leaked the info that the planes were carrying nukes. A B-52 landing at Barksdale is a non-event. A B-52 landing with nukes. That is something else.

Now maybe there is an innocent explanation for this? I can’t think of one. What is certain is that the pilots of this plane did not just make a last minute decision to strap on some nukes and take them for a joy ride. We need some tough questions and clear answers. What the hell is going on? Did someone at Barksdale try to indirectly warn the American people that the Bush Administration is staging nukes for Iran? I don’t know, but it is a question worth asking.


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