US Lost The Codes For Nuclear Launch For Months
from the actually,-that-kind-of-makes-me-feel-safer dept
Not quite sure what to make of this one, but apparently, the special codes that the president needs to kick off a nuclear strike were lost for a few months during the Clinton administration. Now, you may ask (I know I did!) why they didn't just get new codes, and apparently the answer is that the aide who was in charge of hanging onto the codes didn't admit he had lost them for a few months. Apparently, someone's supposed to check the codes every month, and when they went to check the codes, the aide in question claimed that the President had them, but "was in an important meeting." The next month, same story. It was only a few months later, when the codes were set to be changed anyway, that the aide admitted to having "misplaced" the codes.