Sometimes Drunk People Transport Nuclear Weapons Across the Country


According to the inspector general of the Department of Energy, there have been sixteen “alcohol-related incidents involving agents, candidate-agents, and others from the government’s Office of Secure Transportation” — the specialized 600-person unit that securely transports nuclear weapons and their parts from place to place around the country — “between 2007 through 2009.” In two incidents, agents were even arrested or detained by police.

Now, from time to time, every one of us asks ourselves, “Should I get drunk right now?” And it’s not always clear when it’s appropriate to answer in the affirmative. So to help the agents of the Office of Secure Transportation navigate this labyrinth of expectations and responsibility, Daily Intel has created a helpful flowchart:

flow chart

Report: Nuclear Weapon Drivers Sometimes Got Drunk [AP via NPR]