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Sunday, September 29, 2013

No. 2 US nuclear commander suspended

No. 2 US nuclear commander suspended amid probe of counterfeit gambling chips at Iowa casino The U.S. strategic Command, the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear warfighting forces says it has suspended its No. 2 commander, Giardina, for unspecific reasons, and he is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. By Associated Press, Published: September 28 WASHINGTON — The No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces is suspected in a case involving counterfeit gambling chips at a western Iowa casino and has been suspended from his duties, officials said. Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina has not been arrested or charged, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent David Dales said Saturday. The state investigation is ongoing. Giardina, deputy commander at U.S. Strategic Command, was suspended on Sept. 3 and is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, a Strategic Command spokeswoman said. The highly unusual action against a high-ranking officer at Strategic Command was made more than three weeks ago but not publicly announced at that time. The command is located at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb. Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler, who heads Strategic Command, suspended Giardina, according to the command’s top spokeswoman, Navy Capt. Pamela Kunze. Giardina is still assigned to the command but is prohibited from performing duties related to nuclear weapons and other issues requiring a security clearance, she said. Kehler has recommended to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Giardina be reassigned, Kunze said. Giardina has been the deputy commander of Strategic Command since December 2011. He is a career submarine officer and prior to starting his assignment there was the deputy commander and chief of staff at U.S. Pacific Fleet. DCI agents stationed at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa, discovered the counterfeit chips, Dales said. He would not say when the discovery was made or how much in counterfeit chips was found, only that “it was a significant monetary amount.” Council Bluffs is located across the Missouri River from Omaha. “We were able to detect this one pretty quickly and jump on it,” Dales said. He declined to give specifics on how authorities determined that casino chips had been counterfeited or how Giardina might have been involved. Strategic Command oversees the military’s nuclear fighter units, including the Navy’s nuclear-armed submarines and the Air Force’s nuclear bombers and nuclear land-based missiles. Kunze said Strategic Command did not announce the suspension because Giardina remains under investigation and action on Kehler’s recommendation that Giardina be reassigned is pending. The suspension was first reported by the Omaha World-Herald. Kunze said a law enforcement investigation of Giardina began June 16. Kehler became aware of this on July 16, and the following day he asked the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to begin a probe. The suspension is yet another blow to the military’s nuclear establishment. Last spring the nuclear missile unit at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., pulled 17 launch control officers off duty after a problematic inspection and later relieved of duty the officer in charge of training and proficiency. In August a nuclear missile unit at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., failed a nuclear safety and security inspection; nine days later an officer in charge of the unit’s security forces was relieved of duty. September 29, 2013 at 7:32 AM

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

All while Diane Feinstein tries to cut NSA off at the knees and stop them from monitoring our message traffic of any kinds and by any means. NOT. These clowns are a perfect example of why NSA needs to do exactly what they are doing. Just assume everything you do, think or say, where you are, where you've been, what you eat the places you shop and a complete trail of your everyday life is on a mainframe, and just maybe you'll walk the straight and narrow. If not, you will get caught....

Anonymous said...

"September 29, 2013 at 12:53 PM"

Bingo, why do you care about the NSA if you have nothing to hide?

Anonymous said...

"Nothing to hide" means you don't care about having any privacy or freedom from government intrusion. I don't have anything worth hiding, but I want people who know all about my personal private life to be people to whom I've granted that privilege. It is NOT the government's business!

Anonymous said...

"Counterfeit gambling chips"?? This guy makes high six figures in salary. WTF does he need with counterfeit chips? And why doesn't law enforcement say anything about the source of these chips, which no casino in the country makes easy to fake. I find it hard to believe that someone with TS/NSI/RD/SCI clearances and access authorizations at the highest levels would do something this stupid. Explain just when this guy had time to make fake chips?

Anonymous said...

"Nothing to hide" means you don't care about having any privacy or freedom from government intrusion. I don't have anything worth hiding, but I want people who know all about my personal private life to be people to whom I've granted that privilege. It is NOT the government's business!

September 29, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Your wishes are many decades to late. They already know more about you than you know about yourself. Next step will be a cashless society / world, no purchase of any kind for any reason can be made without using a chip and a flat tax where there's no need to file anymore. It'll all be done for you. Can't say any of this would bother me at all unless the tax rate is about 10%.

Anonymous said...

Please dear god sight your sources for stories if they come from a news outlet!!!!! At the least a link to the original story.

Anonymous said...

October 1, 2013 at 4:02 AM

The sooner the better I'd say. Just a few more baby steps and we'll finally have a society with no means of escape.

Anonymous said...

October 1, 2013 at 4:02 AM

The sooner the better I'd say. Just a few more baby steps and we'll finally have a society with no means of escape.

Anonymous said...

And double-Bubble steps up to the plate with words of wisdom, Ah say words of wisdom, boy.

Anonymous said...

I heard that a couple of people in the Materials Chemistry department (including Adam Rowen, the manager) at Sandia booked a trip using Sandia funds to Hawaii to attend the 2012 ECS meeting.

Anonymous said...

I heard that a couple of people in the Materials Chemistry department (including Adam Rowen, the manager) at Sandia booked a trip using Sandia funds to Hawaii to attend the 2012 ECS meeting.

October 2, 2013 at 6:43 PM

You "heard"?? What a joke. Of course professionals attend professional meetings. And sometimes they are in Hawaii. Or California, or Florida, or North Dakota. So what? Are they not supposed to attend because the destination is a pleasant one? Get a life.

Anonymous said...

A couple of people in the Materials Chemistry department (including Adam Rowen, the manager) at Sandia booked a trip using Sandia funds to Hawaii to attend the 2012 ECS meeting.

Anonymous said...

A couple of people in the Materials Chemistry department (including Adam Rowen, the manager) at Sandia booked a trip using Sandia funds to Hawaii to attend the 2012 ECS meeting.

October 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Anonymous said...

A couple of people in the Materials Chemistry department (including Adam Rowen, the manager) at Sandia booked a trip using Sandia funds to Hawaii to attend the 2012 ECS meeting.

October 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

So what??

Anonymous said...

A couple of people in the Materials Chemistry department (including Adam Rowen, the manager) at Sandia booked a trip using Sandia funds to Hawaii to attend the 2012 ECS meeting.

Anonymous said...

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