Monday, September 24, 2007

Since the Minot story broke a week ago about the missing nukeclandestine operation from Minot, we have the following (for those who are paying attention):

1. All six people listed below are from Minot Airforce base
2. All were directly involved as loaders or as pilots
3. All are now dead
4. All within the last 7 days in ‘accidents’

A reader who knows I’m actually from Minot emailed me this and, since this is right in my backyard, it made me sit up and take notice. As evidence of the conspiracy, the Citizens for Legit Government cite six news stories. The problem is that those stories don’t support their conclusions at all

Keep in mind, as I go along, that the mishap happened some time the week before September 5th

First up is this news story about Airman Todd Blue who died on September 10th while on leave in Virginia. The story doesn’t indicate how Blue died, or even if he was actually involved in the nuke mishap. It does say he was a “response force member” in the 5th Security Forces Squadron

Second is this article from The Shreveport Times about an unnamed couple from the Barksdale Airforce Base dying in a traffic accident while riding their Harley. Their connection, I guess, is that the plane with the nukes on it went from Minot to Louisiana. There is no indication here, however, what the couple does on the Barksdale base. How the folks at Citizes for Legit. Government can use this as proof is beyond me

The third story is from the KXMC website (my hometown television station and a website where I’m syndicated, just throwing that out there for full disclosure) and is about Airman Blue again. No mention of whether or not Blue had anything to do with the nuke mishap

The fourth story is again from KXMC and is about an Airman named Adam Barrs who was killed in a vehicle accident on the outskirts of Minot. The problem is that this Airman was killed in July, months before the Nuke mishap which occurred around the end of August or beginning of September. Unless we’re going to also claim that the Air Force has the ability to see the future, I doubt Barrs was bumped off because of his involvement in the blunder with the nukes

The fifth story is from the Bismarck Tribune and is about 1st Lt. Weston Kissel who was a bomber pilot at Minot Air Force Base. Again, however, the problem is that Lt. Kissel died in July. The nuke mishap took place in August or September

The last story is about a Captain John Frueh who was stationed in Florida and was actually on leave in the Oregon/Washington area attending a friend’s wedding (he last spoke to his family on August 30th) when the nuke mishap in North Dakota. The dates are close, but Frueh could have conceivably been on some top-secret mission he couldn’t tell his family about, but that seems doubtful. As one who knows many people from the Minot Air Force Base who have worked with the nukes, it’s secret stuff...but not that secret

This is what we have to sum up:

  1. Two Air Force members who died shortly after the nuke mishap, one from Minot and one from Louisiana. One died in Louisiana, one died on leave in Virginia.
  2. Two Air Force members who died before the accident, thus making it unlikely that they were killed in any sort of a cover-up conspiracy.
  3. One Air Force member stationed in Florida disappeared in Washington/Oregon around the same time as the nuke mishap. His connection to the mishap is unknown.

Now compare those facts to what the Citizens for Legit. Government are claiming. There were five people in their articles, not six. Not all of them were from the Minot Air Force Base. Nothing in the articles substantiates that any of them were directly involved with the nukes in question (outside of two of them being stationed at bases which were involved). And while all five (again, not six) are dead, two of them died before the mishap even happened and one went missing around the same time it happened in an area 1,000 or so miles away from where it happened

To say that these charges are patently bogus is an understatement. Still, it’s amazing what people will believe when they see stuff like this on the internet


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