Nuclear Weapons Transporters Were Driving Drunk

It’s dangerous enough having drunk drivers on the road, but it’s even more dangerous when those drivers are transporting nuclear weapons. The Washington Post reports:

Federal agents hired to transport nuclear weapons and components sometimes got drunk while on convoy missions, a government watchdog said Monday. In an incident last year, police detained two agents who went to a bar during an assignment.

The Energy Department’s assistant inspector general, Sandra D. Bruce, said her office reviewed 16 alcohol-related incidents involving agents, candidate-agents and others from the government’s Office of Secure Transportation between 2007 through 2009. Nearly 600 federal agents ship nuclear weapons, weapon components and special nuclear material across the U.S.

Two incidents in particular raised red flags, the report said, because they happened during secure transportation missions while agents checked into local hotels while on extended missions. In these cases, the vehicles were placed in “safe harbor,” meaning they were moved to secure locations.

[Continues at The Washington Post]

6 Comments on "Nuclear Weapons Transporters Were Driving Drunk"

  1. Anonymous | Nov 24, 2010 at 1:09 am |

    Nuclear weapons are pretty safe in their unarmed state. Extreme but neccesary safety precautions are built into them. The chances of one going off accidently -even if you dropped and unarmed nuke off of mount Everest
    it wouldn’t go off.
    While driving any vehicle drunk is a bad idea, I’d be more appauled by a drunk driving a gasoline tanker or a HAZMAT transport.

  2. GoodDoktorBad | Nov 23, 2010 at 9:09 pm |

    Nuclear weapons are pretty safe in their unarmed state. Extreme but neccesary safety precautions are built into them. The chances of one going off accidently -even if you dropped and unarmed nuke off of mount Everest
    it wouldn’t go off.
    While driving any vehicle drunk is a bad idea, I’d be more appauled by a drunk driving a gasoline tanker or a HAZMAT transport.

    • Tchoutoye | Nov 24, 2010 at 12:32 am |

      It’s not necessarily about nukes detonating in a road accident. They could get lost and find their way into (equally) nefarious hands.

  3. Anonymous | Nov 24, 2010 at 4:32 am |

    It’s not necessarily about nukes detonating in a road accident. They could get lost and find their way into (equally) nefarious hands.

  4. Argosy Jones | Nov 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm |

    From the article…

    “…the report found no evidence of them driving drunk while on duty…”

    From the post headline…
    “Nuclear Weapons Transporters Were Driving Drunk”

    I know this is just a news aggregation site, but don’t you think you should read the articles?

  5. Argosy Jones | Nov 24, 2010 at 10:44 am |

    From the article…

    “…the report found no evidence of them driving drunk while on duty…”

    From the post headline…
    “Nuclear Weapons Transporters Were Driving Drunk”

    I know this is just a news aggregation site, but don’t you think you should read the articles?

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