by Michael Salla, Ph.D
October 20, 2007
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 Shield.)
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
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.
Michael Salla, Ph.D.
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
The 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
"We would not be this upset with
ourselves, nor be striving to restore confidence, if this did
not involve nuclear weapons."
The 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
Secretary Wynne 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.
In a 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
He 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 report.
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,
“a 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
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
“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 Iran”.
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.
If Madsen’s investigation is more accurate, then the Air Force
personnel involved in the B-52 incident can be divided into two
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 to perform.
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.
What 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.
By 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
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.
So 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.
It is therefore very possible that
the B-52 incident involved two covert missions.
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.
Dave Lindorff, a Naval officer
“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.
Air Force personnel,
were either unfairly
scapegoated for following classified orders directly
from senior officials in the Bush administration; or
were true American patriots
refusing to follow illegal orders sanctioning a preemptive
nuclear attack against Iran.
The B-52 incident is an unfolding saga
involving villains, scapegoats and heroes.
It 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 covert missions.