- js reader version
- view hidden posts
- tags and related articles
by Stephen Lendman
Tuesday, May. 19, 2015 at 1:36 PM
UK Whistleblower Says Britain's Nuclear Deterrent a Disaster Waiting to Happen
by Stephen Lendman
Britain's media are all over the story. Royal Navy whistleblower William McNeilly published an 18-page report called "The Secret Nuclear Threat."
He's an engineering technician weapons engineer submariner for Britain's Trident II D5 strategic weapons system aboard the HMS Victorious. He faces imprisonment for violating Britain's Official Secrets Act.
"The worst fear for me isn't prison or being assassinated," he said. "(I)t's the fear of sacrificing everything I have just to warn the public and yet never be heard."
"We are so close to a nuclear disaster it is shocking," he maintains. "(A)nd yet everybody is accepting the risk to the public."
"If we don't act now, lives could be lost for generations." He calls Britain's nuclear weapons systems "extreme" because of negligent security lapses.
His top secret clearance gives him access to sensitive information. He revealed how easy it is for intruders, terrorists, contractors and others to enter secured areas - easier than entering "most nightclubs," he said.
"You can carry anything through the security checkpoints without it being checked," he claimed.
He maintains "a complete lack of security" exists. "If airport security and nuclear weapons security were both compared to prisons, the airport would be Alcatraz and base security would be house arrest."
His key claims include:
• missile launch tests failed on three occasions;
• collision with French nuclear submarine covered up;
• failure to carry out security checks on bags and other personal belongings;
• computer waste representing a major fire risk;
• missile safety alarms muted and ignored;
• accidental flooding of torpedo compartment; and
• failure to question recording of top secret information.
McNeilly calls lack of Trident security "the biggest threat the UK faces." He released "selected information only to avoid damaging security further."
He published his report because "it's the only way (he could) make sure it gets out." He "raised concerns through the chain of command on multiple occasions" and got nowhere.
A UK Defense Ministry statement said "(t)he Royal Navy takes security and nuclear safety extremely seriously and we are fully investigating both the issue of the unauthorised release of this document and its contents."
"The naval service operates its submarine fleet under the most stringent safety regime and submarines do not go to sea unless they are completely safe to do so."
Not according to McNeilly. He stands by claiming Trident is a "disaster waiting to happen." Others agree, he says, but haven't gone public.
He went AWOL after publishing his report. On Monday, UK media said he'd turn himself in within hours. He's done so. He's held at a military base in Scotland.
On Monday, he posted a Facebook comment saying he "moved between countries, changed location almost every day, (now) lacks the resources to remain undetected. I will be handing myself into the police today."
"(O)ther people need to start coming forward," he said in his report - the only way to avoid a major disaster, he believes.
"It's just a matter of time before we're infiltrated by a psychopath or a terrorist," he said. "There were some people that I served with on patrol who showed clear psychopathic tendencies."
Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament co-coordinator John Ainslie said "(h)e should be commended for his action, not hounded by the Royal Navy."
"He has exposed the fact that Trident is a catastrophe waiting to happen - by accident, an act of terrorism or sabotage."
Scottish National Party MP Angus Robertson called for a full Royal Navy explanation and remedial action, saying:
"These revelations, if true, are extremely concerning. It reads as a nightmare catalogue of serious safety breaches."
"Failure to follow standard safety procedures is unacceptable in any workplace but on a Trident submarine on patrol it could result in extreme tragedy, not just for those on board but indeed for the entire planet."
If McNeilly is right, what does it say about nuclear weapons systems of other nations - notably America's deployed worldwide.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.
Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.
It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.
Report this post as:
Change Links September 2018 posted
More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre
Site Outage Friday
Change Links August 2018
Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land
More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke
Change Links 2018 July posted
More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena
"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena
Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles
Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert!
Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California
Change Links June 2018 posted
The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years
Unity Archive Project
Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi
CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police
Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies
California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings)
Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico
Change Links May 2018
Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed
GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE
lausd whistle blower
Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images
UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light
Change Links April 2018
More Local News...
Addendum: Benjamin Tucker American Mutualist: Tucker Did Not Advocate Voting in Businesses
OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Celebrates 25 Years with the House of Hope Gala
Against the Rent Madness and For a Nonprofit Orientation!
Cybermonde, cyberguerre, cyberespace, cyberterrorisme
Paraphysique de psychosomatique
Chuck Grassley: Women Abusing, Animal Murdering, Illegal War Supporting Criminal
Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy
Muselières syndicales, muselières patronales
Jeff Bezos, Amazon, The Washington Post, Whole Foods, Etc
Why Choose Nut Milk Over Cows' Milk
Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement
The Dictatorship of Corporations
18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting
Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue
Shopping du bashing
After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again
“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen
Probabilités de fin d'humanité
Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW
Steer clear of work morality!
The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally!
August 2018 Honduras Coup update
Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges
Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts
Paraphysique de contextualité
Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism
Ex-voto de réification
More Breaking News...