Bill Clinton lost nuclear launch codes

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"'Err, I seem to have misplaced them': New book reveals Bill Clinton lost top secret nuclear launch codes for MONTHS.

As President of the United States, you can lose the occasional round of golf. You can lose your temper. You can even lose the plot sometimes.

But you can never lose ‘The Biscuit’.

It is the nickname given to the plastic card the president carries with him at all times with the codes necessary to launch a nuclear strike.

And, according to a new memoir by a former Pentagon general, Bill Clinton not only misplaced the nuclear key card, it was missing for several months.

Mr Clinton, who was president between 1993 and 2001, had his aides turn the White House upside down, but it is unclear whether the codes were ever found.

The astounding gaffe was revealed by General Hugh Shelton, who served under Mr Clinton as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in his book, Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior.

‘At one point during the Clinton administration the codes were actually missing for months,’ he writes. ‘That’s a big deal – a gargantuan deal.’

The Biscuit carries the unique codes that identify the president as the only person allowed to authorise a nuclear attack. It also carries the numbers required to unlock a black briefcase known as ‘The Football’, which is carried by a military officer who is always at the commander-in-chief’s side.

Inside the case is another set of codes, on a mobile computer terminal, which the president would need to launch nuclear weapons.

The case also reportedly contains ‘The Black Book’, which lists retaliatory options should the U.S. come under nuclear attack and secret locations where the president could hide.

Without The Biscuit, the most powerful man on the planet was powerless. The blunder was confirmed by another senior former military officer, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Robert Patterson, one of those charged with carrying around The Football.


He said the gaffe became evident the morning the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke in 1998 – Mr Clinton was alleged to have had an affair with the White House intern.


Lt Col Patterson said he made a routine request of the president to present him with the card so he could update it. ‘He thought he just placed them upstairs,’ he said.


‘We called upstairs, we started a search around the White House for the codes, and he finally confessed that he had misplaced them. He couldn’t recall when he had last seen them.’


While he said the card went missing in 1998, Gen Shelton claimed it happened in 2000.


But Mr Clinton may not have been the first president to lose the codes.

Although the story has never been officially confirmed, Jimmy Carter supposedly managed to leave them in a suit sent to the dry cleaners."


New book reveals Bill Clinton lost secret nuclear launch codes for MONTHS | Mail Online
 

Thender

TnTU Guru
It is said that JFK left the football in a city's sewer system while he was down there having a tryst.... Don't know how true, but have heard it a lot of times....
 

Dave

KingDick
Staff member
Here's a wikipedia entry of the nuclear football, some interesting reading..


History
The football dates back to Dwight D. Eisenhower, but its current usage came about in the aftermath of the Cuban missile crisis, when John F. Kennedy was concerned that a Soviet commander in Cuba might launch missiles without authorization from Moscow.[5]

It has been stated in an Associated Press article that the nickname "football" was derived from an attack plan codenamed "Dropkick".[3] The nickname has led to some confusion as to the nature—and even the shape—of the device; in the graphic novel series Watchmen, Richard Nixon, fictionally depicted as still being President in 1985, was depicted with a literal "nuclear football"—a metal device shaped like a football—handcuffed to his wrist. While it is never explicitly stated what it is, it is implied that the device is the electronic activation source for the nuclear option.

During their presidencies, both Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan preferred to keep the launch codes in their jacket pockets.[6] On one occasion, Jimmy Carter left nuclear launch codes in his suit when it was sent in for dry cleaning.[7]Congressman John Kline served as a colonel in the United States Marine Corps and carried the football for Presidents Carter and Reagan.

The football was separated from Ronald Reagan immediately after the 1981 assassination attempt against him.[7] Reagan, like his predecessor Carter, preferred to carry the card in his pocket. He was separated from it when his clothing was cut off by the emergency room trauma team. It was later discovered unsecured lying in one of his shoes on the emergency room floor. This led to an urban legend that Reagan carried the code in his sock. Reagan was separated from the rest of the football as well because the officer who carried it was left behind as the motorcade sped away with the wounded President. On occasion the President has left his aide carrying the football behind. This happened to Nixon in 1973, after presenting Soviet Leader Leonid Brezhnev with a Lincoln Continental at Camp David, Brezhnev unexpectedly drove with Nixon off the retreat onto a highway while leaving Nixon's Secret Service Personnel behind, separating Nixon from the football (and his security detail) for nearly 30 minutes.[8] Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush,[9] and, most recently, Bill Clinton,[7] would also get separated from the football. In none of these cases was the integrity of the football breached.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_football

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