by Michael Salla, Ph.D
October 20, 2007
from OpEdNews Website
The U.S Air Force just released a report on the B-52 incident
involving nuclear weapons. I wrote a paper, available below .
In my view, the Air Force report is a whitewash removing
responsibility for those that secretly ordered the B-52 to fly in
not one but two covert missions. The most likely source that ordered
the incident was Vice President Dick Cheney who has been
strongly advocating a nuclear war against Iran, but has been
frustrated by military opposition. Cheney has used his executive
authority in the past to sanction false flag operations and there is
reason to believe that a missing nuclear weapon may be covertly used
in an operation he approves (see: Will a Missing Nuke be used in a
Simulated Terrorist Attack? - Dick Cheney & Vigilant
The exopolitical implications from the
B-52 incident are very significant. First, a new war against Iran
would create the necessary distraction to steer growing public
attention away from the extraterrestrial presence. Two, a war
would allow oil prices to rise even further, thereby enabling
enormous profits to be generated for the black budget funding ET
projects without any Congressional oversight.
Finally, a new war would allow political authority to
continue to be centralized in the U.S. in ways that can be exploited
through secret agreements between ETs and shadow government
authorities. This is a time for all to be alert to the internal
struggle between different factions in the U.S. government and
military, and the exopolitical implications of this.
On October 19, the findings of an official Air Force
investigation of the unprecedented flight of a nuclear armed B-52
bomber across the U.S. on August 30 was announced at a Pentagon press
Secretary of the Air Force, Michael Wynne, opened the press
conference by remarking that the Air Force would depart from its normal
policy of silence on the movements of nuclear weapons; and, given the
seriousness of the B-52 incident, would make public the movements of the
Advanced Cruise missiles involved.
"We would not be this upset with ourselves, nor be striving to
restore confidence, if this did not involve nuclear weapons."
seriousness of the incident was so great that it was given “Bent Spear” status which
meant it was a nuclear mishap that had to be reported directly to the
Secretary of Defense and the White House.
was followed by Maj. Gen. Richard Newton who claimed that the
incident stemmed from “a series of procedural breakdowns and human
errors.” One of the more serious of which was storing six advanced
cruise missiles with nuclear warheads, in the same hangar as conventional
missiles with dummy warheads. This was a failure to maintain standard
procedures to prevent the commingling of conventional and nuclear weapons
to ensure against them ever being mixed up.
stinging rebuke to personnel at both Minot and Barksdale Air Force Bases,
Newton referred to a “lack of attention to detail, a lack of effective
leadership and supervision.”
further referred to,
“an erosion of adherence to weapons-handling standards at Minot
Air Force Base and at Barksdale Air Force Base.”
Newton said that four colonels had been relieved of their
duties. A further 65 Air Force personnel had been decertified from
handling nuclear weapons. Further disciplinary action, and even criminal
charges, might be taken against the officials and airmen identified in the
The Air Force investigation is very clear in its findings
that the B-52 incident stemmed from multiple cases of human error
by highly trained personnel who failed to follow elaborate
operating procedures for nuclear weapons. Furthermore, according to
General Newton, “the six week investigation found that this was an
isolated event.” Consequently, the investigation paints a clear picture of
the Air Force coming to terms with the seriousness of the failures of its
personnel. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the investigation
effectively vilifies the personnel responsible for multiple failures in an
effort to end the unfolding B-52 Bent Spear saga.
The official report stands in stark contrast to the findings of an
independent investigation by Wayne Madsen who interviewed a number
of confidential U.S. and foreign intelligence sources concerning the B-52
incident. His sources declared that the B-52 was part of a covert
mission headed for the Middle East which is why they were routed
through Barksdale AFB, a staging base for the Middle East operations.
Madsen revealed that,
U.S. attack on Iran using nuclear and conventional weapons was scheduled
to coincide with Israel’s September 6 in attack on a reputed Syrian
nuclear facility… in northern Syria area near Turkish border.”
Madsen’s investigation claimed that Air Force personnel refused to
follow classified orders for the Middle East deployment of the B-52 with
its nuclear armed missiles. In effect, Air Force officers and personnel
involved stood down in response to what were regarded as illegal
orders concerning their use in the Middle East. This suggests that the
B-52’s did not arrive at Barksdale with nuclear weapons due to human
error as the official investigation claims, but had been
ordered there as part of a covert mission. Madsen’s report
gives credence to claims that orders emanated from very senior sources
within the Bush administration.
In an earlier article, I
wrote that the most likely source for such orders came from the Office
of the Vice President who is well known for his hawkish views on the
preemptive use of nuclear weapons against Iran.
Madsen’s investigation led
him to conclude the,
“U.S. military is now waging an internal war against neo-cons who
are embedded in the U.S. government and military chain of command who
are intent on using nuclear weapons in a pre-emptive war with
Consequently, while some within the Air Force are cooperating with
neoconservatives desiring to initiate military intervention against Iran,
which accounted for the nuclear weapons being loaded at Minot and flown to
Barksdale, many military officials remain staunchly opposed to such
intervention. This accounted for the original Air Force leak by three
officers to the Military Times newspaper
which reported on the incident on September 5.
investigation is more accurate, then the Air Force personnel involved in
the B-52 incident can be divided into two categories.
The first category are those that followed classified orders
issued by senior authorities within the Bush administration enabling the
B-52 incident. These Air Force personnel have therefore been
scapegoated for following orders that were likely highly
classified due to the covert nature of the mission the B-52 was intended
The second category are personnel that refused to follow orders
that would have led to nuclear weapons being deployed into the Middle
East without the knowledge of the normal chain of military
command. It was these Air Force personnel who were responsible for
the original leak to the Military Times on September 5
that alerted the public to the incident. It would not be inaccurate to
describe these officials as true American patriots and heroes in
protecting the sanctity of U.S. Constitutional principles.
emerges from the official Air Force investigation is that internal efforts
to identify and make accountable those ultimately responsible for the
B-52 Bent Spear incident have failed. Defense Secretary Robert
Gates and Admiral William Fallon, Commander of Central Command,
have indicated their opposition to a preemptive nuclear attack on Iran. It
is highly likely that they were genuinely surprised by the B-52 incident,
and lost an internal power struggle to reveal what was really occurring.
They were likely opposed by the remaining neo-conservatives that are led
by Vice President Cheney.
attributing the B-52 incident to multiple human errors, both sides in the
internal military and government struggle over the merits of a preemptive
attack against Iran, have given themselves time to step back from the
brink and consider their next move. It is unlikely that the
neoconservative faction will give up on its efforts to move forward with a
preemptive attack against Iran. At the same time, a determined group of
military officials are opposed to such an attack, and are exposing covert
plans for this to occur without the support of most of the American
military and general public.
Furthermore, it is worth considering
that the initial Military Times report on
September 5 reported five nuclear missiles being found
at Barksdale AFB. This was updated to six in a revised article by
the same reporter on September
10. According to Madsen, his intelligence sources said only
five advanced nuclear cruise missiles were found at Barksdale, after six
left Minot AFB.
if one nuclear missile is still missing, then attention needs to be
placed on those factions within the U.S. military and government that
would benefit from the covert use of a nuclear weapon in the Middle East.
Attention needs to be placed on those ultimately behind the B-52 incident,
most likely based within the Office of the Vice President.
is therefore very possible that the B-52 incident involved two covert
The official investigation of the B-52
Bent Spear incident was unsatisfactory since there are simply too many
unanswered questions concerning how six nuclear weapons could be loaded
onto the pylons of a B-52 without being noticed by highly trained
personnel. Even though reporters such as Walter Pincus go to great lengths
to describe how such mistakes could have occurred, others
remain highly dubious.
According to Dave Lindorff, a Naval
officer claims that,
“it would be simply impossible for those weapons to have been
moved out of the storage bunker. He claims to know for a certainty that
all nuclear weapons in the US arsenal are equipped with high-tech tags
(“like they have at WalMart and Kmart only better”) that would instantly
trigger alarms when the weapons are moved, unless they were
Finally, the official investigation was disappointing since it
vilified Air Force personnel, rather than leveling with the American
public over the covert mission the B-52 was engaged in.
were either unfairly scapegoated for following
classified orders directly from senior officials in the Bush
were true American patriots refusing to follow illegal orders
sanctioning a preemptive nuclear attack against Iran.
B-52 incident is an unfolding saga involving villains, scapegoats and
is up to the general public and media to expose the real villains, and to
identify the genuine heroes in exposing the dangers involved in the
nuclear armed B-52 flown across the U.S. to Barksdale AFB on one or more