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PostSubject: Idiots in Government: Bill Clinton once lost the nuclear codes for months   Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:16 pm

The process the president has to go through to launch the US's nuclear weapons isn't as simple as pressing a button, but the key component of that process - the codes needed to authorise the launch - are never far from the president.



At least they're never supposed to be.

According to Gen. Hugh Shelton, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 1997 to September 2001, the number of redundancies in the nuclear-launch process "is staggering." All of steps are "dependent on one vital element without which there can be no launch," he wrote in his 2010 autobiography, "Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior."

That element, the president's authorization codes, is supposed to remain in close proximity to the president at all times, carried by one of five military aides, representing each branch of the military. The codes are on a card called the "biscuit" carried within the "football," a briefcase that is officially known as the "president's emergency satchel."

https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/bill-clinton-lost-nuclear-codes-091745402.html
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