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  1. #1 If trump received the bogus "missiles are inbound" text, could he have launched? 
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    NightWatcher (33,996 posts) If trump received the bogus "missiles are inbound" text, could he have launched?

    This refers to the message that all of Hawaii got on their phones this morning in error about inbound missiles being imminent and to seek shelter immediately.

    The text was sent in error. Are there any safeguards that would prevent trump from launching what he believes to be a retaliatory strike if he were to get this text on his unsecured phone?

    Is there anyone that he'd check with first to make sure it wasn't a bogus text?
    I'm speechless.

    Lurks Often (5,394 posts)

    2. A president is going to rely on NORAD, not a text message


    and NORAD will base their warning on data received from both satellites and long range radar station and the computers will calculate the number of missiles and their most likely target(s) probably within 5 minutes.
    NightWatcher (33,996 posts)

    5. No, a SANE President would rely on NORAD. trump has been fooled by Fox & Friends twice

    And quickly tweeted out positions that were contrary to his administration's positions.

    If he could be duped by the giggle sofa tumors, he could be fooled by an official text.
    Irish_Dem (5,207 posts)

    11. I think his minders have him on a short leash.

    They let him play with his cell phone and make tweets.
    But somebody else is handling the important stuff.
    (The Wolff book makes this sound like the case.)

    This actually makes the danger level go down.
    former9thward (19,129 posts)

    13. People watch too many movies.

    No President launches a nuclear attack. There is no "button", big or not, that a President pushes. And no President is receiving text messages, real or not, about missiles. The military presents the President with information on an attack, assuming its missiles, it would be from NORAD. This information is available to the President wherever on the globe they are.

    The military gives options and the President then can authorize an attack through codes contained in the "nuclear football" which is near the President wherever they are at, 24/7. The only people pushing buttons that actually launch the attack are teenagers, or near teens, on subs, bombers and in missile silos.
    john657 (113 posts)

    14. Absolutely correct.

    Amazing how many people think that all a president has to do is push a button.
    It is amazing, isn't it? And you see this frequently on DU and generally there is no effort to even correct the assumption....because it fits their meme.
    BzaDem (11,129 posts)

    20. As long as he doesn't see an emergency alert warning on Fox and Friends, we're fine. n/t
    Continue to underestimate his intelligence and competence at your own peril.

    Demsrule86 (19,048 posts)

    22. Yes He could have. And he should have known. He is supposed to have the suitcase

    with him at all times.

    There are four things in the Football. The Black Book containing the retaliatory options, a book listing classified site locations, a manila folder with eight or ten pages stapled together giving a description of procedures for the Emergency Alert System, and a three-by-five inch card with authentication codes. The Black Book was about 9 by 12 inches and had 75 loose-leaf pages printed in black and red. The book with classified site locations was about the same size as the Black Book, and was black. It contained information on sites around the country where the president could be taken in an emergency.
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    Wow! They know it's a Nothingburger (H/T to Ralph!) and are still piling on the imaginary cheeeeeez, pickles, mustard, ketchup, and Top Secret Sauce (recipe found on Hillary's email server).
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