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- Sep 30, 2019
- New York
I really enjoyed the History Documentary and I think Timeline on "The man that saved the world". It's really scary when you realize how much stuff we aren't told by the government. Supposedly in June of 1981 a Russian Satellite glitched and thought an ICBM was headed toward Moscow. From what it said and from declassified pictures Russian ICBMs were armed and the silo doors opened. According to the guy that stopped the whole ordeal two keys were in the console and officials were 10 minutes away from firing.
I like watching these sorts of things but also there is often wrong info presented, or possibly some things are exaggerated for dramatic effect. I think in this instance the Soviet operators were well aware they regularly received faulty info and false positives from their satellites, although this one was far worse than typical. Certainly this is very scary but he knew that it didn't really make much sense for the US to fire just one nuke and the whole thing was relatively calmly resolved IIRC...
I find the 1983 "Able Archer" instance a bit more scary...