The Ministry of Defense has announced a review of so-called ‘nuclear football’ and its procedures for loss, theft or compromise.
The Pentagon’s inspector general revealed Tuesday that there would be a review of the presidential emergency bag, which carries the nuclear codes.
It follows President Biden wherever he travels and a “backup” goes with the vice president.
“The purpose of this review is to determine the extent to which DoD processes and procedures are in place and adequate to alert DoD officials in the event that the presidential emergency bag is lost, stolen or compromised,” the inspector’s office wrote. General in the memo.
Democrat Congressman Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts and Jim Cooper of Tennessee asked in March to watch the “football” over incidents that could have compromised safety.
“It is imperative that we fully understand the processes and procedures in place to protect the presidential emergency bag — especially when its administrators may be at risk — and we applaud the (Inspector General) for accepting our request to start this evaluation,” they said.
The Ministry of Defense has announced a review of so-called ‘nuclear football’ and its procedures for loss, theft or compromise. The Pentagon’s Inspector General revealed Tuesday that there would be a review of the presidential emergency bag, which carries the nuclear codes
During Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, Senate Democrats broadcast footage of rioters in the Capitol coming within 30 feet of Mike Pence and his family after he refused to reverse election college results.
The officer holding the reserve football was able to secure it.
If the rioters could have gotten their hands on the football, they probably wouldn’t have been able to activate protocols due to security checks.
In addition to the Capitol bombing, football safety was called into question during an incident during Trump’s 2017 trip to Beijing.
A scuffle broke out between Chinese and American officials in the Great Hall of People, with the military aide carrying the briefcase.
The bag was unaffected, but it raised questions about what would have happened if procedures were secure.
In a statement to Lynch and Cooper said on Tuesday: “The U.S. Capitol uprising on January 6, 2021 was not only an unprecedented attack on our democracy, but also put our national security at great risk.
According to public reports, as Vice President Pence rushed to safety with a military aide carrying his emergency bag, or ‘nuclear football,’ Pentagon officials were unaware that football was potentially seconds away from falling into the hands of a lawless mob.
“It is imperative that we fully understand the processes and procedures in place to protect the Presidential Emergency Bag – especially when its administrators may be at risk – and we applaud the DOD OIG for accepting our request to conduct this review.” start.
“We look forward to reviewing their findings once the report is complete.”
In the aftermath of Jan. 6, “nuclear football” became a flashpoint when Nancy Pelosi said Trump was “unfit” to carry the codes.
She wrote to her colleagues in a note with the headline, “Prevent an unhinged president from using the nuclear codes.”
“I spoke with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, to discuss available precautions to prevent an unstable president from starting military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” she told them.
In particular, she has not revealed what response Milley has given, or whether any security rails have been placed.
“The situation of this unhinged president could not be more dangerous and we must do everything we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced attack on our country and our democracy,” she wrote.
The video shows Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen and daughter Charlotte being chased outside surrounded by security during the January 6 MAGA riots.
It was during Trump’s second impeachment hearing, when he was charged with inciting the MAGA insurgency that resulted in five deaths and damage to the Capitol, that the US Strategic Command realized that Pence’s football was in danger. Trump was eventually acquitted.
The breakthrough moment came during a presentation by impeachment manager, Rep. Stacey Plaskett.
“When the rioters reached the top of the stairs, they were less than 100 feet from where the vice president and his family were hiding, and they were only a few feet from one of the doors of this room.” said Plaskett during her presentation.
She then shared a video of Pence, his family, Secret Service agents and the military officer who got the “football” to safety.
Kingston Reif, a nuclear weapons policy expert with the impartial Arms Control Association, told CNN that if insurgents had gotten their hands on Pence’s football, they would not have been able to initiate a launch.
Reif claimed it was still extremely dangerous anyway.
“But if they had stolen the football and obtained the contents, including pre-planned nuclear strike options, they could have shared the contents with the world,” he told the network.
“Such a result would have been a security breach of almost incomprehensible proportions,” Reif added. “And it should raise even more questions about the rationale of the anachronism that football is.”
The footage of Pence, his wife Karen and daughter Charlotte scrambling to safety during the January 6 uprising was one of the never-before-seen video clips of the House Democrat impeachment manager played during Wednesday’s hearing.