The routine propaganda claims that nuclear weapons keep us safe.
The truth is that nuclear weapons might — at any time — kill us all through accidents, miscalculations, computer errors or other unexpected problems.
HERE ARE INFORMATION ITEMS ABOUT THIS:
Newly released documents shed light on 1983 nuclear war scare with Soviets:
The Soviet Union put fighter-bombers loaded with nuclear bombs on 24-hour alert in East Germany during a NATO nuclear weapons command exercise in November 1983, and the alert included “preparations for the immediate use of nuclear weapons,” according to newly released U.S. intelligence records that confirm a “war scare” during some of the most tense months of the Cold War. It was disclosed previously that the NATO exercise, named Able Archer 83, triggered worries in the Kremlin. But the new documents provide precise details for the first time of the Soviet military response to the NATO exercise, an annual event that practiced a simulated nuclear attack on the forces of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact. According to the documents, the heightened Soviet alert was raised in the fighter-bomber divisions of Soviet forces stationed in East Germany. All command posts were ordered to be manned around-the clock by augmented teams. In tandem, the chief of the Soviet air forces, Marshal Pavel Kutakhov, ordered all units of the Soviet 4th Air Army in Poland to be covered by the alert. Fighter-bomber divisions were ordered to load nuclear bombs on one squadron of aircraft in each regiment. These aircraft were to be armed and placed at “readiness 3,” meaning a 30-minute alert to “destroy first-line enemy targets,” according to the documents. (The Washington Post) Here is a link: Newly released documents shed light on 1983 nuclear war scare with Soviets
The U.S.’s new “low-yield” nuclear weapons INCREASE the risk of all-out nuclear war, because Russia stated that it considers ANY incoming missile to be a serious nuclear attack:
Even a NON-nuclear missile coming toward Russia would cause Russia to promptly retaliate with many nuclear weapons. The U.S. significantly increased the likelihood of all-out nuclear war by putting “low-yield” nuclear warheads on Trident nuclear submarine missiles. The Pentagon and our government’s war-hawks were concerned that the hugely destructive nuclear weapons were so horribly destructive that they were not likely enough to be launched on purpose, so “low-yield” (Hiroshima-sized or a bit smaller) warheads were funded by BOTH political parties and designed and built. They have actually been installed on some of the Trident submarines based in Kitsap County and at the Trident base in Georgia, so they are currently on patrol in both the Pacific and the Atlantic.
The intention was to MAKE IT EASIER TO START a nuclear war by launching a so-called “low-yield” nuclear weapon. The danger is that it would rapidly escalate into an all-out nuclear war that could destroy most life on earth. When Russia (or any other adversary) sees a Trident missile coming at it, THEY WILL NOT KNOW whether it is a “low-yield” warhead or a full-power warhead, so THEY WILL HAVE TO ASSUME THE WORST and will certainly retaliate with huge nuclear weapons rather than risk having their weapons blown up while still in their silos.
The Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons discusses this in our 4-session course, “Nuclear Weapons Nowadays: What You Can Know and Do,” which brings people up to date on nuclear weapons facts and organizing.
In 1966 an Air Force B-52 exploded over a Spanish village and dropped 4 hydrogen bombs:
This article — https://beyondnuclearinternational.org/2021/02/22/when-the-us-nuked-spain/ — begins with this:
“Air force veterans exposed to plutonium after a first-ever US nuclear weapons disaster in Spain have won extremely rare recognition as a class in a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs. On Jan. 17, 1966, an air force B-52 bomber exploded over the village of Palomares, Spain during a routine airborne refueling. Seven airmen were killed and the bomber’s four hydrogen bombs were thrown to the earth. Conventional explosives (not the nuclear warheads) in two of the bombs detonated in massive explosions, one right in the village, gouging huge, plutonium-covered craters and spewing as much as 22 pounds of pulverized plutonium dust over houses, streets and farm fields.”
NEWS from December 2020: Suspected Russian hackers accessed the networks that maintain the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile and other federal agencies:
On December 17, 2020, a reliable news source I read every day (www.whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com) posted this, based on reports in Politico, the Associated Press, Washington Post, and the New York Times:
Suspected Russian hackers accessed the networks that maintain the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warned that the hacks posed a “grave risk” to government networks and “critical infrastructure.” The list of known victims of the Russian hacks include the National Nuclear Security Administration, the State, Treasury, Energy, Commerce and Homeland Security departments, as well as the National Institutes of Health.