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Old 11-20-2016, 02:32 PM
drewder drewder is offline
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Originally Posted by Happy Lendervedder View Post
Can someone explain to me why the president needs codes to launch a nuclear attack? If the president of the United States wants to launch a nuclear attack, to whom does he need to verify his identity? It seems as pointless as asking for the president's ID when he uses his credit card to pay for his burger at Five Guys.
Well to the missiles for one thing. They won't fire without the right code. This was supposedly implemented by JFK although apparently the military for a long time kept the code for the missiles as 8 zeros. They quickly changed that practice after someone published an article about the practice.
Also the president needs the sec def to agree in order to launch so he can't just do it willey nilley.