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From: ALAN SKEOCH <email@example.com>Subject: EPISODE 152 ICBM MISSILE BASES IN NORTH DAKOTA…HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHTDate: October 26, 2020 at 6:23:35 PM EDTTo: Alan Skeoch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
EPISODE 153 ICBM MISSILE SILOS…DO THEY LIMIT THE CHANCE OF NUCLEAR WAR?alan skeochoct. 2020
Summer around 1980: We headed west In search of
the missile silos in North Dakota. Frightening. Marjorie and I
We drove from Toronto to North Dakota back around 1980 just to get a sidelong lookat this American silos housing the Minueman Inter continental ballistic missiles…ICBM’S.WHY? First, I found it hard to believe that such missile sites really existed. They did exists…and many still exist today, Oct. 27, 2020. Second, Our boys were now teen-agers and we thought they shouldbe aware of the insanity of Nuclear conflict.“Boys, look over there.”“Where?”“That field.”“Nothing there, dad”“That is where you are wrong. See the little bump? What you are looking at is the hiding placeof a 1.2 megaton nuclear armed ICBM.”“ICBM?”“INTER CONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILE…A nuclear weapon capable of wiping out a city.
From launch to impact in 30 minutes.”
“Oh, Alan, don’t say that. You will scare the boys…and me!”“Scares me as well, Marjorie.”“Tell us more, dad.”“These Minuteman missiles buried in silos 8o feet deep….many around us herein North Dakota…spread out in a circle around the city of Minot which has a big SAC base with thosebig B 52 nuclear bombers. Some of those planes are in the air at all times in case of nuclear warthey are ready to strike.”“Alan that’s enough…no more.”“Just one last comment, Marjorie, before we strike north to Manitoba and then to Wick’s place on Lake of the Woods.”“No more.”“Can’t I just tell the boys to watch the movie titled Dr. Strangelove?”“No! Now stop.”“What movie dad?”“Dr. Strangelove is supposed to be a funny movie with Peter Sellars…really a dark comedy. Seems funny untilthe very end when the crazy pilot of a B 52 rides a nuclear bomb heading for a Russian city.”“Riding…what do you mean by riding, dad?”“Like riding a horse only it’s a bomb.”“Alan, if you don’t stop, I am taking the boys for s walk.”“My lips ae sealed…for a while”COMMENT
From 1961 to 1967 the United States was building silos encased in rebar and concrete. That’s most of my teaching career. Why? To house
1,000 Minuteman missiles … underground silos, 80 feet deep, all across the American midwest. Why underground? It was expected most
of the Minutemen missiles would withstand a surprise nuclear war and be ready to fire back at an enemy. That was the essence of the Cold War.
Who had…whups! I used the past tense…the verb ‘had’ should be the verb ‘has’. Who has the power to push the launch button? The President
of the United States. Did you ever notice the military man with the briefcase that follows the President. That brief case contains the codes that
These men are deemed psychologically stable before getting placed. Great Care is taken.The missiles could only be launched when both men receive the “Go” command from the President and agree to push the launch
Some of the silos have been rendered inoperable but around 400 or more are still ready in spite of the fact that the Cold War isover. Most of the operable silos are located on farm land distant from any human beings.Is the system foolproof? Could one man go mad and just launch a Minuteman for the hell of it? What if one man refused?What was the other man supposed to do? What if the President of the United States went mad? Is there some kind of check
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