Air Force Members In Charge Of Nuclear Weapons Found Tripping On LSD

They were stationed to protect and deploy some of the most devastating weapons ever created.

Jun 5, 2018
Air Force Members In Charge Of Nuclear Weapons Found Tripping On LSD

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The fear of nuclear annihilation has been dormant until, well, very recently. President Donald Trump’s emphasis on expanding America’s nuclear arsenal and the furious Twitter war between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been, to say the least, concerning. But America already has enough nuclear firepower to destroy the planet several times over. And what are the caretakers tasked to monitor these devastating sleeping giants up to these days? According to a new report, acid. 

The Associated Press got a hold of a report detailing an LSD and psychedelia dealing ring that existed within the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base near Cheyenne, Wyoming. The scandal has ensnared 14 Air Force members, who have been disciplined, leaving six convicted. One reportedly bolted for Mexico when they suspected they were being investigated. Officials were turned on to the case from a post on social media in 2016. The drug ring may have been operating since the previous year, undetected.

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“I absolutely just loved altering my mind,” said Nickolos A. Harris, a first-class airman and suspected kingpin of the drug ring. He picked up narcotics from civilian sources and distributed them within the base. He pleaded guilty to dealing LSD, ecstasy, coke and weed. He blamed his own drug habits on an addictive personality. Harris was sentenced to 12 months in jail, the prosecutor argued it should have been bumped up to 42 months for undermining public trust by flooding a nuclear base with hallucinogens.

There is no evidence that the Air Force members tripped while on duty, but they were stationed to protect and deploy some of the most devastating weapons ever created. They operated hundreds of Minuteman 3 missiles, which are intended to be ‘on alert’ 24/7. The report includes transcripts from some of the servicemen’s trips, including one airman’s bad trip where he screamed: “When is this going to end?” Most of the servicemen investigators spoke to said they enjoyed the drugs, so that’s good.

In recent years, microdosing at work has become a healthy phenomenon to take the edge off the modern grind. Usually that’s in regards to, say, graphic designers, or call centers. Not the last checkpoint before nuclear annihilation.

Jun 5, 2018