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Dial 00000000 for Armageddon. US’s top
secret launch nuclear launch code was
frighteningly simple

Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 12/1/2013 7:47:22 AM

For nearly 20 years, the secret code to authorize launching U.S. nuclear missiles, and starting World War III, was terrifyingly simple and even noted down on a checklist. From 1962, when John F Kennedy instituted PAL encoding on nuclear weapons, until 1977, the combination to fire the devastating missiles at the height of the Cold War was just 00000000. This was chosen by Strategic Air Command in an effort to make the weapons as quick and as easy to launch as possible, as reported by Today I Found Out. The Permissive Action Link (PAL) is a security device for nuclear weapons that it


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jacksin5, 12/1/2013 8:34:37 AM     (No. 9635590)

How did we survive "Bring your kid to work Day".

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chance_232, 12/1/2013 8:46:57 AM     (No. 9635613)

Of course! It was simple so that even democrats could launch them.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: simple simon, 12/1/2013 9:36:14 AM     (No. 9635672)

#1, that is funny - good word pictures there ;)

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Reply 4 - Posted by: toddh, 12/1/2013 10:59:16 AM     (No. 9635767)

"That´s the stupidest combination I´ve ever heard in my life! That´s the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!" -Dark Helmet talking about a slightly more secure passcode.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/1/2013 1:42:16 PM     (No. 9635956)

The code may have been simple, but it served it´s purpose, in that it never had to be used.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Mushroom, 12/1/2013 1:57:49 PM     (No. 9635968)

Just as valid as any other. Heck every number would have something that could be tied to it and then we´d be hearing about how someone was dissed because the code was their birthday or something.
Having said that...#1 is right.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: miceal, 12/1/2013 9:03:58 PM     (No. 9636231)

No it was not!

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