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Doomsday Code: 00000000

Posted on January 6, 2014

By Karl Smallwood

Today I found out that during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimize any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, for nearly two decades they intentionally set the launch codes at every silo in the US to 8 zeroes.

I guess the first thing we need to address is how this even came to be in the first place. Well, in 1962 JFK signed the National Security Action Memorandum 160, which was supposed to ensure that every nuclear weapon the US had be fitted with a Permissive Action Link (PAL), basically a small device that ensured that the missile could only be launched with the right code and with the right authority.

There was particularly a concern that the nuclear missiles the United States had stationed in other countries, some of which had somewhat unstable leadership, could potentially be seized by those governments and launched. With the PAL system, this became much less of a problem.

Beyond foreign seizure, there was also simply the problem that many U.S. commanders had the ability to launch nukes under their control at any time.  Just one commanding officer who wasn’t quite right in the head and World War III begins.  As U.S. General Horace M. Wade stated about General Thomas Power:

I used to worry about General Power. I used to worry that General Power was not stable. I used to worry about the fact that he had control over so many weapons and weapon systems and could, under certain conditions, launch the force. Back in the days before we had real positive control [i.e., PAL locks], SAC had the power to do a lot of things, and it was in his hands, and he knew it.

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7 thoughts on “Doomsday Code: 00000000

  1. The simplicity of this code, and the absence of any misuse of it, is a great testament to the quality and reliability of the men and women in our armed forces.

  2. Virgil_Hilts says:

    This article brings back to mind the several times which I saw the movie 'Dr. Strangelove'….one of Stanley Kubrick's truly great movies. Who could forget Slim Pickens, doing the inventory of their survival gear, and ultimately, riding the H-Bomb down over Russia.

  3. I REMEBER THE CUBAN MISSEL CRISIS. WE CAME REALLY CLOSE AS A NATS ASS ON PUSHING THE BUTTON. WITH THE CODES ALL AT ZERO, WHO TO SAY IF N. KOREA HITS US WITH AN EMP,SOME NUT JOB COULD LAUNCH A NUKE . THE ONES OUTSIDE THE US SHOULD HAVE THERE CODES RESET. UNLESS THIS IS ANOTHER OBAMA SCAM TO KILL AS MANY AMERICANS HE CAN WITH OUT HIS HAND.

  4. Capt. USAF Ret says:

    Hate to tell you friends, but this article is pure nonsense. It relies on the testimony of a Dr. Blair who claims to have been a launch officer. He keeps referring to soldiers manning the launch facilities. For starters, any former Air Force officer would know that they are airmen, not soldiers. Also, there were 200 Minuteman missiles at Malmstrom AFB in Montana and it was only one of several bases. Your 50 number just does not comport with reality. I suspect Dr. Blair is some sort of fraud.

  5. victorbarney says:

    Watch, especially on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, which is the correct date for the next spiritual Annual Feast of Trumpets(Shoutings)… I'm just saying…

  6. had to be all zeros because all of the presidents were too stupid to remember any thing complicated

  7. When I was young our family lived in Montana. My father was in the construction industry and built missile silos. One time I was allowed to go to work with my dad on a weekend and it was in a missile silo. Boy it was cool. They thing that always stuck out was the escape hatch. It was a long tunnel that went far away from the silo and once it's was activated the tunnel and the silo would fill up with sand after the personnel had escaped! oh yea! I forgot that there were lots of ladders ,