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Qtec
11-23-2010, 02:22 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">US nuclear transport agents seen 'in drunken incidents'


<span style='font-size: 14pt'>US agents who drive nuclear weapons around the country were involved in 16 alcohol-related incidents in two years,</span> the energy department has said.

One was arrested for public drunkenness and two were held after an incident at a bar while on overnight missions.

The incidents "indicate a potential vulnerability in [a] critical national security mission", an energy department report said.

A spokesman noted agents had never had a fatal accident or radiation leak. </div></div>

link (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11816563)

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LWW
11-23-2010, 04:13 AM
Yet another reason why:

1 - Public employees should never be allowed to unionize.

2 - This type of thing should be left in the hands of the military.

LWW

Chopstick
11-23-2010, 10:39 AM
I used to know one of their inspectors. You would not believe how little those guys are paid. None of them were drunk driving on duty.

Deeman3
11-23-2010, 12:29 PM
Chop,

My first job out of school, Department of Energy, Pantex Plant, Amarillo, Texas. High Explosives Engineer, 1974-1976. Rode with escort detail from Texas all over the U.S. To deliver warheads to Subs, silos and international transfer.

Everyone had Q Level clearance, mine higher as I some hook-up work. Most professional and underpaid guys I ever met. Never saw one I even thought was drunk and I was with them 24/7 for days. They may be unionized and different these days but they had Secret Service attitude back then and would have shot their mother if she tried to Jack those nukes. All were deputized Deputy Marshals at that time. Two guys on my regular detail held international combat shooting world championships!

They often frightened folks but not because they had been drinking. Women had not been admitted then ton weaken the standards either.