Showing posts with label Dzhokhar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dzhokhar. Show all posts

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Boston: This is an obviously fake photo.







This is an obviously fake photo.

It looks nothing like him and was clearly taken in studio on a set.


BOSTON (CBS) – A State Police photographer has released new images of the arrest of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Sgt. Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer with the State Police, gave the photos to Boston Magazine on Thursday. Sgt. Murphy says he was furious with Rolling Stone’s decision to “glamorize” an accused terrorist on its cover, so he wanted to offer up the new photos as an alternative.



In a statement, a State Police spokesman said, “the dissemination to Boston Magazine of photographs of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev and police activity related to his capture was not authorized by the Massachusetts State Police.”

Should the photographer have given the Tsarnaev photos to Boston magazine?

Yes -- the public has the right to see them
No -- he may have jeoparidzed the case against Tsarnaev


Sgt. Murphy has been “relieved of his duty for one day” and is the subject of an internal investigation, according to Dave Procopio of the State Police.

John Wolfson, the editor of Boston Magazine, said Sgt. Murphy has also been ordered not to talk to media or anyone else about the events that took place in Watertown on April 19.

Wolfson says Sgt. Murphy’s gun, badge and computer were taken from him.


The photos taken by Sgt. Murphy show the 19-year-old suspect emerging from a boat in the backyard of a Watertown home. He is bloody, slumping and the red laser dot of an officer’s weapon can be seen on his forehead.

Sgt. Murphy wants the world to know how weak the suspected bomber looked when he was taken into custody.

The photos and more will appear in the September issue of Boston Magazine.

A statement from Sgt. Murphy and more pictures can be viewed here.

Dzhokhar, and his brother Tamerlan, allegedly put two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15. Three people were killed and hundreds were injured when the bombs detonated seconds apart.

Authorities also say the Tsarnaevs killed MIT police officer Sean Collier days after the bombings. Tamerlan died after a gunfight with police officers in Watertown and Dzhokhar was later found hiding in a boat.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill.

He could face the death penalty if prosecutors choose to pursue it.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Obama Warned he Is “True Target”: Blood Rites in Mass.


A man who would come here of his own free will...
A man who has come here with the power of a king. By representing the law...
A man who would come here as a virgin...
A man who has come here as a fool!



It's just a sprinkling for the May Queen



Obama Warned Is “True Target” Of Boston Massacre
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

A shocking Federal Security Forces (FSB) report on the 15 April deadly Boston Marathon Bombing says that this horrific terror event “most likely” has as its “main target” United States President Barack Obama, whom Russian intelligence experts warn could be targeted for assassination as early as tomorrow.

According to this report, and as one of the largest manhunts in American history is currently underway seeking the agents behind this terror attack, the main perpetrators who perpetrated this massacre are showing “all of the hallmarks” of being linked to a centuries old cabal that has caused many other such mass death events and assassinations of top political leaders in the US.


Caption reads "Tamerain says he doesn't usually take his shirt off so girls don't get bad ideas: "I'm very religious."

Virgin...?

Important to note, this report says, are that events such as the Boston Marathon Bombing should always be “rigorously examined” for the telltale signs this “cabal of death” leaves behind foretelling of its happening, especially in fictional accounting and numerology.

As an example, this report says, was the 17 March airing of a popular American adult cartoon show named Family Guy wherein the main character detonated by cell phone 2 bombs in the Boston area, and in the same episode drove to the finish line of the Boston Marathon dismembering the bodies of runners who lay bloodied and limbless in a horrible scene recreated in real life less than a month later on 15 April.

One of the most famous examples of these types of “fictional pre-warnings” was the 4 March 2001 airing of the Lone Gunman television pilot wherein the World Trade Center buildings in New York City were targeted by remote controlled passenger jets, a fictional event that become all to real 6 months later on 11 September 2001.

The numerological aspect relating to this Family Guy “predictive warning,” this report continues, lies in it being the 15th episode of this programme during its 11th season…which coincides with this attack occurring on the 15th, which is exactly 11 years since the Boston Marathon was run on the 15th of the month.

Also to be noted, this report says, is the “blood symbology” of the Boston Marathon route being 26.2 miles from start to finish, which, coincidentally, matches the death toll of the 14 December 2012 Sandy Hook Massacre where 26 innocent victims were gunned down.

Not being understood by many Westerners, this report says, is this “cabal of deaths” association with ancient satanic rites; the one having the most meaning to this latest massacre being the 19 April-1 May “Blood Sacrifice To The Beast” which typically requires a “fire sacrifice” to occur on, or near the 19th of April.


As a “minor sabbath” of the satanic calendar for the 13-week Spring Equinox time period, this report continues, this 19 April-1 May time frame contains some of the most horrific and deadly events in all of American history and includes: 1.) The failed Bay of Pigs invasion on 17 April 1961; 2.) The Virginia Tech University Massacre on 16 April 2007; 3.) The US government massacre of the Branch Dividians at their Waco Texas complex on 19 April 1993; 4.) The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City on 18 April 1995; 5.) The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on 20 April 2010; 6.) The Columbine High School Massacre on 20 April 1999; and which now the Boston Marathon Massacre now joins.

One of the worst “Blood Sacrifice To The Beast” events to occur in modern times, this report notes, happened on 19 April 1943, when after trapping the last Jewish Resistance Fighters in a storm drain in Warsaw, and holding them for several days, Nazi Storm Troopers began to pour fire into each end of the storm drain, using flame-throwers. They continued pouring the fire into the drain until all fighters were dead. This “blood sacrifice” brought about by a fiery conflagration…exactly 50 years later, to the day, the US government incinerated 83 men, women and children using similar tactics during what is now known as the Waco Siege.



Russian intelligence analysts further note in this report that with the highly sophisticated bombs being used in the Boston Marathon Massacre, and their being timed to create “maximum carnage,” this attack may be a precursor to the “main attack” they say could target President Obama during his visit to the Boston area tomorrow, and which the first attacks may have been designed for as the US President has always, since taking office, gone to massacre sites to comfort the victims.

The “main clue” to Obama being the “target,” this report says, was the bomb explosion at the John F. Kennedy Library located in Boston, and owned by the US National Archives, which American authorities are attempting to downplay, but which Paul Yazbeck, a JFK Library employee, said was “definitely an explosion” and occurred near simultaneously with the first Boston Marathon explosion, and which is “always” a “cabal of death” warning sign of an imminent assassination attempt.
"There's a feeling I get when I look to The West, and my spirit is crying for leaving"

With the liberal US online magazine Salon saying today “Let’s hope Boston Marathon bomber is a white American,” and Boston officials reporting that the bombing was most likely carried out by a “domestic terrorist,” this report further notes that this terror attack cannot be ruled out as a “false flag” operation either, especially when seen in the light of many witnesses reporting that a “bomb drill” was in progress during the attack, but which police officials have since denied.

To how the United States would react should an attempt be made on Obama, and should this attack be conclusively linked to American “right wing” terrorists, this report concludes, the backlash could be “very grim” as both the Federal Government, and those citizens opposing it, are both “armed to the teeth” and are merely awaiting the “spark” that will very likely engulf that nation in a civil war.


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"The xxx day of May was a goly May-gam in Fanch-chyrchestrett with drumes and gunes and pykes, and ix wordes dyd ryd; and thay had speches evere man, and the morris dansse and the sauden, and an elevant with the castyll, and the sauden and yonge morens with targattes and darttes, and the lord and the lade of the Maye".


("On the 30th day of May was a jolly May-game in Fenchurch Street (London) with drums and guns and pikes, The Nine Worthies did ride; and they all had speeches, and the morris dance and sultan and an elephant with a castle and the sultan and young moors with shields and arrows, and the lord and lady of the May.")





"If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now,
It's just a sprinkling for the May Queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on."


"(I hope so....)"



 "Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know,
The piper's calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul."


According to popular British folklore, the tradition once had a sinister twist, in that the Virgin was put to death once the festivities were over.  









"This is a Song of H...


Hey, check out The Hollow Towers in 1975 - They're TOTALLY NOT DONE YET!!!"

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Boston: The Truth Seaps Through into the Mainstream






Better.



But the problem with Mirandarisng Gitmo detainees of course, is that the Gitmo detainees - most of them - have committed aboslutely no crime...






This is poetry.

http://www.corbettreport.com/





"Those who have studied history know that nothing invigorates and empowers an authoritarian regime more than a spectacular act of violence, some sudden and senseless loss of life that allows the autocrat to stand on the smoking rubble and identify himself as the hero. It is at moments like this that the public—still in shock from the horror of the tragedy that has just unfolded before them—can be led into the most ruthless despotism: despotism that now bears the mantle of "security."

Acts of terror and violence never benefit the average man or woman. They only ever benefit those in positions of power.

This is why Nero fiddled while Rome burned: it gave him a chance to throw the Christians to the lions and rebuild the capital of the Roman Empire in his own image.

This is why Hearst and the warmongers of the emerging American Empire were delighted by the destruction of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor: it gave them the excuse they needed in order to rouse the public into supporting the Spanish-American War.

This is why Israel attacked the U.S.S. Liberty in 1967 during the Six Day War, strafing and torpedoing it relentlessly for hours in a vain attempt to send it to the bottom: the Israelis believed that the loss of the Liberty could be blamed on Egypt and draw the Americans into war.

This is why there are hundreds of documented examples of governments staging attacks in order to blame them on their political enemies. In every civilization, in every culture, in every historical period, authoritarians have known that spectacular acts of violence help to further consolidate their own power and control. And sadly, throughout history there have been all too many willing to allow attacks to occur, to pretend that attacks have occurred or even to attack their own population in order to further their political agenda.

To think that such staged provocations and false flag attacks no longer occur would be as unrealistic as believing that human nature itself has changed, that powerful people no longer seek to increase their power, that influence is never used for deceit or manipulation, that lies are no longer told to satisfy greed or slake the thirst for control. It is to believe that our society is immuned from those things that we have seen in every other society in every other era. In short, it is a dangerous delusion.

The people are once again learning the power of this delusion. They are learning the extent to which they have been lied to. They are once again studying their history.

The Russians are learning how the FSB was caught planting bombs in Moscow in the 1990s during a terror scare that swept Putin into power and stirred the public into supporting the Second Chechen War. They are learning how their autocratic ex-President came to power campaigning on the graves of those his old FSB cronies had killed.

The Israelis are learning how Mossad has been caught time and again posing as the very Muslim terrorists they claim to be opposing. They are learning how Israel uses the specter of terror to further extend their blank cheque drawn on American funds to expand their police state at home and maintain their hardline stance, the world's sixth-largest nuclear superpower supposedly threatened by the possibility that one of their neighbours may one day obtain a single nuclear weapon.

The British are learning how their SAS officers were caught dressing up as Arabs in Iraq, driving around with trucks full of munitions, shooting at police to stir up ethnic tensions and insure that permanent bases could be built in the region. They are learning how Haroon Aswat, the supposed mastermind behind the 7/7 bombings, was working for British Intelligence.. They are learning how British military intelligence took part in IRA bombings.

The Indians are learning how the Mumbai attack was helped by an U.S. Agent who is cooperating with investigators so that he won't face questioning by foreign authorities.

The Canadians are learning how their own provincial police dressed up as protestors in 2007 and threatened violence against other police in order to force a crackdown on peaceful protests.


And the Americans are learning that there were multiple bombs found, dismantled and taken out of the Alfred P. Murrah building on April 19, 1995. They are learning that Timothy McVeigh had written a letter to his sister in which he claimed to be in the Special Forces for the U.S. Army. They are learning the bombing was being directed by FBI informants, just as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was. They are learning about 9/11 and the Gulf of Tonkin and Operation Northwoods and their own Army Counterinsurgency Manuals that teach officers how to commit false flag attacks to blame on their enemies.

In short, the people are learning the truth.

And now we see the same build-up to a false flag event taking place that we saw in 1995. At that time the U.S. had a corporate media desperate to fling mud at anyone concerned by the actions of their government, and it had a government that was desperately unpopular in the face of growing dissatisfaction. Today we see the exact same factors at play.

If anything, the situation today is worse than it was in the run-up to the Oklahoma City Bombing, with media consolidation meaning that groups of concerned citizens like the Oath Keepers are being attacked by the controlled minions on both the left and the right. And now it is not just the militia that is being demonized by the establishment: it is veterans and gun owners, third party supporters and libertarians, anti-war protestors and human rights campaigners, people who are upset with the government giving trillions to the banks that have engineered our current financial crisis in the first place. In short, everyone is now a potential terrorist, according to the governmental and media agencies that deign to limit our range of acceptable opinion and control dissent.

Even the word 'terrorist' means something more than it did back in 1995, after the false flag anthrax attack allowed the passage of the Patriot Act, after the boogey of Al-CIAda gave the NSA the opportunity to announce that they were collecting everyone's emails and everyone's telephone calls, after the former Homeland Security Secretary came out and admitted that the Bush administration had made up terror threats in order to scare the people into supporting the government, now we know what the real definition of terrorism is. It is governments scaring their own populations into line.

But there is something else that's different now from what it was in 1995. The people are learning something else about terrorism: they are not terrorists for speaking out against their government. They are not terrorists for wanting the government to stop selling their children into servitude to pay bankers their bonuses. They are not terrorists for pointing out that the FBI and the CIA and Mossad and MI6 are behind every major terrorist event.

The people are not terrorists because they do not want to see more death. They do not want more destruction, the spilling of the blood of their fellow citizens is not in their interests. Death and destruction only ever serves the governmental and financial and industrial interests who always grow in power and wealth in the wake of every tragedy. Time and again, the people pay with their lives, and the governments and the banks and the war machine only grows and prospers.

The people do not want terrorism because it does not benefit them. It only benefits the existing power structure.

And this time, if there is another staged event to blame on the government's enemy of the day, the people will know who to blame."


James Corbett, 2010



























Monday, 29 April 2013

Boston: al-Zawahiri and the Russians, "Al-Qaeda", the Chechens and Dagestan

"How America 'manages' Eurasia is critical. A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world's three most advanced and economically productive regions. 


A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail Africa's subordination, rendering the Western Hemisphere and Oceania geopolitically peripheral to the world's central continent. 

About 75 per cent of the world's people live in Eurasia, and most of the world's physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for about three-fourths of the world's known energy resources." 

Zbigniew Brzezinski, 
The Grand Chessboard:
American Primacy And It's Geostrategic Imperatives
1998





December 1, 1996-June 1997: Russian Arrest of Zawahiri Brings Islamic Jihad and Al-Qaeda Closer Together


"Chechnya was fighting to break free from Russian rule and achieved a cease-fire and de facto independence earlier in the year (see August 1996).

Zawahiri hopes to establish new connections there. However, on December 1, 1996, he and his associates are arrested by Russian authorities as they try to cross into Chechnya. Zawahiri is carrying four passports, none showing his real identity.

The Russians confiscate Zawahiri’s laptop and send it to Moscow for analysis, but apparently they never translate the Arabic documents on it that could have revealed who he really is.

Though some Russian investigators suspect Zawahiri is a “big fish,” they can’t prove it.

He and his two associates are released after six months. 



"In fact, an Islamic revival - already abetted from the outside not only by Iran but also by Saudi Arabia - is likely to become the mobilizing impulse for the increasingly pervasive new nationalisms, determined to oppose any reintegration under Russian - and hence infidel - control." 
Zbigniew Brzezinski, 
The Grand Chessboard
American Primacy And It's Geostrategic Imperatives
1998



"In a July 2005 interview with the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita, Litvinenko alleged that Ayman al-Zawahiri, a prominent leader of al-Qaeda, was trained for half a year by the FSB in Dagestan in 1997 and called him "an old agent of the FSB".

Litvinenko said that after this training, al-Zawahiri "was transferred to Afghanistan, where he had never been before and where, following the recommendation of his Lubyanka chiefs, he at once ... penetrated the milieu of Osama bin Laden and soon became his assistant in Al Qaeda."

Former KGB officer and writer Konstantin Preobrazhenskiy supported this claim and said that Litvinenko "was responsible for securing the secrecy of Al-Zawahiri's arrival in Russia; he was trained by FSB instructors in Dagestan, Northern Caucasus, in 1996–1997.".

He said: "At that time, Litvinenko was the Head of the Subdivision for Internationally Wanted Terrorists of the First Department of the Operative-Inquiry Directorate of the FSB Anti-Terrorist Department. He was ordered to undertake the delicate mission of securing Al-Zawahiri from unintentional disclosure by the Russian police.

Though Al-Zawahiri had been brought to Russia by the FSB using a false passport, it was still possible for the police to learn about his arrival and report to Moscow for verification. Such a process could disclose Al-Zawahiri as an FSB collaborator.

In order to prevent this, Litvinenko visited a group of highly placed police officers to notify them in advance." According to FSB spokesman Sergei Ignatchenko, al-Zawahiri was arrested by Russian authorities in Dagestan in December 1996 and released in May 1997."


al-Zawhari never was "a prominent leader of al-Qaeda", or the UBL group.





Al-Zawhari was an associate of Bin Laden's and sat next to him while he did his press conferences for the Western Media for his 1998 Fatwah against America - al-Zawhari was not a member of the UBL group and apparently set Bin Laden up to take the blame for the 1998 Embassy Bombings 8 weeks later (which do not fit the profile of the UBL Group, do not conform with the War Aims of Bin Laden's fatwah, do not further his strategic goals and do not fall within the Quranic rules of engagement covering action permissible under Jihad).

They appear to be the work of Saudi Intelligence, who wanted Bin Laden dead.





The Embassy Bombings are the only crime for which the US Criminal Justice system ever indicted Bin Laden, and convicted him in-absentia in January 2001, on the evidence of a walk-in FBI snitch.

Webster Tarpley has concluded (following years more research) that al-Zawhari was the creation of MI6 and is an asset dating back to the assassination of Sadat in 1981.

He's an Egyptian dentist who speaks perfect English, he's the perfect spokesman for global Jihad under a false flag.

His group, Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) was formally joined to the UBL group in June 2001 and a communique put out announcing the fact; it was never called Al-Qaeda.

By June of 2001, UBL was already desperately ill and probably dying from terminal kidney disease.

He spent a week in the US Army Hosptial in Dubai in August, receiving emergency dialysis and was visited by the CIA Station Chief there.



He was reported back in Afghanistan by September 11th and for the first couple of days was reported to have been under house arrest courtesy of the Taliban, who sought to sell him to the US.

When it became clear they were not going to be allowed to sell him or even give him to the FBI, they apparently cut him loose around the 23rd September 2001, which is when he formally disappeared and went on the run.
Sometime in October, he contacted British Journalist Robert Fisk (who had interviewed him three times before) through intermediaries trying to set up a fourth interview in Afghanistan, which was (in Fisk's words) cancelled due to a US cruise missile strike.

He released his final tape on December 26th 2001, in which he denied responsibility for 9/11, attributing it to a Shadow Government within the US National Security Establishment, pointing out that it is against the rules of permissible Jihad to kill innocent women and children or other Muslims.

Most intelligence reports converge on the view that he died on or about December 16th of Kidney Failure in a cave.

Al-Zawhari was not with him and apparently had absolutely not problems getting out of Afghanistan way ahead of time.


The UBL group (such as it was) had a very clear and district two-tier structure, with retrospect;

An outer layer of pure patsies, dupes and halfwits made up of Gulf Arabs (which it's increasingly clear seems to actually include Bin Laden himself), who were the only guys who ever got (get) arrested.

And then an inner circle of Egyptians tied in to the Muslim Brotherhood and therefore extension into the Isreali Mossad.


There was great resentment and no love lost between the Egyptians and the Gulf Arabs.

The Egyptians got huge salaries and allowances, big houses, cars and drivers;

The Gulf Arabs lived in caves and hovels in Africa and were always the ones who got sent to buy the unshielded container-full of Uranium.


Jamal al-Fadel was one of those Gulf Arabs.

The reason he was stealing money from Bin Laden was because the Egyptian middlemen between him and Bin Laden weren't giving him enough to live on (even in the Sudan)







"The world's energy consumption is bound to vastly increase over the next two or three decades. Estimates by the U.S. Department of energy anticipate that world demand will rise by more than 50 percent between 1993 and 2015, with the most significant increase in consumption occurring in the Far East. 



The momentum of Asia's economic development is already generating massive pressures for the exploration and exploitation of new sources of energy and the Central Asian region and the Caspian Sea basin are known to contain reserves of natural gas and oil that dwarf those of Kuwait, the Gulf of Mexico, or the North Sea."


Zbigniew Brzezinski, 
The Grand Chessboard:
American Primacy And It's Geostrategic Imperatives
1998




“THE AUNT of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects says she has been receiving unspecified threats since Friday (April 19, 2013), when she told reporters outside her home in Toronto that the Chechen-born brothers had been framed”.


According to Maret Tsarnaeva, “(speaking) on Saturday (April 20, 2013) to The Toronto Sun“, “They are CALLING US NAMES, THREATENING (us), (and) saying (that) it’s time (for us) to GO HOME. YES, IT IS TIME. We did not find that promise — democracy — in this country. But if I go home, I will go home only with the bodies of my nephews”.

Maret Tsarnaeva went on: “They (the US government/US officials) made our boys ENEMIES the American nation. THEY MADE THEM victims of THE CONSPIRACY. They needed somebody to BLAME for something they committed themselves so they got them, so REJOICE people, REJOICE“.

She is convinced Dzhokhar won’t be given a chance to explain his innocence.

“They will make sure they will not let this boy live because they do not want this boy to have a chance, have a voice to say that ‘People of America, I did not do this,’” she said.

“The suspects’ father, Anzor Tsarnaev, also believes his sons are innocent”. “(Speaking to) the Associated Press in a phone interview from the southern Russian republic of Dagestan”, Anzor said: “They were SET UP, they were SET UP! I saw it on television“. 

“Anzor called Dzhokhar “a true ANGEL“

Friday, 26 April 2013

Gary Hart on False Flags and Provocations.




Unsolicited Advice to the Government of Iran



Presuming that you are not actually ignorant enough to desire war with the United States, you might be well advised to read the history of the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana harbor in 1898 and the history of the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964.





Having done so, you will surely recognize that Americans are reluctant to go to war unless attacked. Until Pearl Harbor, we were even reluctant to get involved in World War II. For historians of American wars the question is whether we provoke provocations.




Given the unilateral U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, you are obviously thinking the rules have changed. Provocation is no longer required to take America to war. But even in this instance, we were led to believe that the mass murderer of American civilians, Osama bin Laden, was lurking, literally or figuratively, in the vicinity of Baghdad.




Given all this, you would probably be well advised to keep your forces, including clandestine forces, as far away from the Iraqi border as you can. You might even consider bringing in some neighbors to verify that you are not shipping arms next door. Tone down the rhetoric on Zionism. You've established your credentials with those in your world who thrive on that.




If it makes you feel powerful to hurl accusations at the American eagle, have at it. Sticks and stones, etc. But, for the next sixteen months or so, you should not only not take provocative actions, you should not seem to be doing so.




For the vast majority of Americans who seek no wider war, in the Middle East or elsewhere, don't tempt fate. Don't give a certain vice president we know the justification he is seeking to attack your country. That is unless you happen to like having bombs fall on your head.




Gary Hart

Author, Wirth Chair professor at the University of Colorado
Posted: September 26, 2007


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-hart/unsolicited-advice-to-the_b_65984.html












US B-52 in Nuclear Cargo Blunder


The US Air Force has launched an investigation after a B-52 bomber flew across the US last week mistakenly loaded with nuclear-armed missiles.

It follows reports in the Army Times that five missiles were unaccounted for during the three-hour flight from North Dakota to Louisiana.

The air force said the cruise missiles were safe at all times.

Army Times said the missiles were to be decommissioned but were mistakenly mounted on the bomber's wings.

The W80-1 warhead has a yield of five to 150 kilotons, the paper said.

The flight took place on 30 August, from the Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to the Barksdale Air Force Base, near Bossier City, in Louisiana.

Air force spokesman Lt Col Ed Thomas said although this was an "isolated incident", Air Combat Command had directed a "command-wide stand down to review process at all of our bases".

Col Thomas said a general had been appointed to investigate the incident and would report by 14 September.

"At no time was there a threat to public safety. It is important to note that munitions were safe, secure and under military control at all times," Col Thomas said.

"The air force takes its mission to safeguard weapons seriously. No effort will be spared to ensure that the matter is thoroughly and completely investigated."

Army Times quoted the colonel as saying the loading crew involved had been temporarily "decertified" pending retraining and the investigation.

A military official told AFP news agency that President George W Bush had been informed of the mix-up.

"There are procedures in place and they kicked in and worked," the official said.

The BBC's Adam Brookes in Washington says experts have made it clear that if the plane had crashed there would not have been a nuclear explosion but there could have been a threat from plutonium leakage."


The 2007 United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident occurred at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base on August 29–30, 2007. Six AGM-129 ACM cruise missiles, each loaded with a W80-1 variable yield nuclear warhead, were mistakenly loaded on a United States Air Force (USAF) B-52H heavy bomber at Minot and transported to Barksdale. 

The nuclear warheads in the missiles were supposed to have been removed before taking the missiles from their storage bunker. The missiles with the nuclear warheads were not reported missing and remained mounted to the aircraft at both Minot and Barksdale for a period of 36 hours. During this period, the warheads were not protected by the various mandatory security precautions required for nuclear weapons.

The incident was reported to the top levels of the United States military and referred to by observers as a Bent Spear incident, which indicates a nuclear weapon incident that is of significant concern but does not involve the immediate threat of nuclear war. The USAF has yet to officially classify the incident.

In response to the incident, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and USAF conducted an investigation, the results of which were released on October 19, 2007. The investigation concluded that nuclear weapons handling standards and procedures had not been followed by numerous USAF personnel involved in the incident. 

As a result, four USAF commanders were relieved of their commands, numerous other USAF personnel were disciplined and/or decertified to perform certain types of sensitive duties, and further cruise missile transport missions from and nuclear weapons operations at Minot Air Force Base were suspended. In addition, the USAF issued new nuclear weapons handling instructions and procedures.

Separate investigations by the United States Defense Science Board and a USAF "Blue Ribbon" panel reported that concerns existed on the procedures and processes for handling nuclear weapons within the Department of Defense but did not find any failures with the security of United States nuclear weapons. Based on this and other incidents, on June 5, 2008, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne and Chief of Staff of the Air Force General T. Michael Moseley, were asked for their resignations, which were given. In October 2008, in response to recommendations by a review committee, the USAF announced the creation of Air Force Global Strike Command to control all USAF nuclear bombers, missiles, and personnel.

The AGM-129 was fielded in 1987 as a stealthy cruise missile platform to deliver the W80-1 variable yield nuclear warhead. Although originally designed to equip the B-1 bomber, it was later decided that the AGM-129 would only be carried by the B-52, mounted on external pylons on the wings or internally in the bomb bay. 

In March 2007, the USAF decided to retire its AGM-129 complement in order to help comply with international arms-control treaties and to replace them with AGM-86 missiles.