JOHN LAFORGE – Even the deregulation-happy Wall St. Journal sounded shocked: â€œThe Department of Energy is proposing to allow the sale of tons of scrap metal from government nuclear sites â€” an attempt to reduce waste that critics say could lead to radiation-tainted belt buckles, surgical implants and other consumer products.â€
DAVID SWANSON – Three years later a Soviet Lieutenant Colonel acted out the same scene, with the computer glitch on his side this time. Then in 1984 another U.S. computer glitch led to the quick decision to park an armored car on top of a missile silo to prevent the start of the apocalypse. And again in 1995, the Soviet Union almost responded to a U.S. nuclear attack that proved to be a real missile, but one with a weather satellite rather than a nuke. One Pentagon report documents 563 nuclear mistakes, malfunctions, and false alarms over the years â€” so far.