Two officers are under investigation for lying about destroying classified missile components...
A crew member formerly from the 91st Missile Wing told the military last May that he and another officer formerly assigned to the wing didn't tell the truth about destroying classified launch devices in July 2005...
The Washington Post also ran a story on the two officers, who took home classified components for underground launch control centers--a breach that is troubling not only for its national security implications, but also for the secretive way in which it was handled.
Last month, POGO received a tip about the launch device incident. But when reporters called for information, the Air Force denied knowing anything about it. Now we see that the Air Force was not being entirely honest.
Instead of admitting to the investigation, the Air Force pulled a bait and switch, telling reporters about another, less serious, security breach in which officers were caught sleeping at a missile alert facility. It turns out that the Air Force was also investigating the launch device incident, and that our source had accurately described the nature of that ongoing investigation. We now know that the launch device incident happened in 2005, but that the investigation into the matter is only now being reported.
We know it's the Friday before Labor Day, but we are still waiting for someone in Air Force Public Affairs to apologize for misleading POGO and more than half a dozen reporters who were investigating a serious allegation of nuclear insecurity. On the other hand, we understand that it may be hard for the Air Force to keep track of the long string of incidents involving its protection of nuclear weapons.
-- Ingrid Drake