Nuclear Weapon Personnel Reliability Program: Cocaine History a Disqualifier
I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though… (Barack Obama, “Dreams From My Father,” page 93, paperback edition. http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/streetterms/ByAlpha.asp?strTerm=B, “Blow” = “Cocaine; to inhale cocaine; to smoke marijuana; to inject heroin”)
The Obama campaign at least sanctions (and may promote actively) the spread of rumors to the effect that John McCain has a neurodegenerative disease, usually by citing age as a risk factor for such diseases. Dozens of posts to this nature appear at my.barackobama.com, over which the official campaign exercises editorial control. At least one such post links to a YouTube video with background music about an old mother with silver hair in an old rocking chair. We must therefore remind our readers that cocaine users also are at higher risk for brain damage and mental deficiencies. We will then show that even pre-service cocaine use disqualifies Armed Forces personnel from access to nuclear weapons, which suggests that Barack Obama is not qualified to control weapons of mass destruction either.
Taking cocaine could cause irreversible brain damage, scientists from Edinburgh University have warned.
Tests on genetically modified mice showed that cocaine inhibited the brain by destroying a key protein responsible for learning and memory.
Abusing the highly addictive drug can lead to long-term memory loss and learning difficulties, say experts.
Many prominent individuals such as Ted Kennedy (b. 1932) and Dianne Feinstein (b. 1933, 3 years older than John McCain) are mentally capable in their seventies and even beyond. The Obama campaign and its following, however, seems to want to argue that the country should not risk the election of an “old man” like John McCain because age is a risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases. Although not every cokehead suffers permanent mental impairment from putting the white powder up his nose, Barack Obama is similarly in a higher risk category for mental disabilities. As stated above, cocaine use increases the risk of long term memory loss and learning disabilities. Per “Researchers See How Cocaine Affects the Brain,”
It’s eerie to look inside the brain of a heavy cocaine user. Blood flow is sluggish and abnormal compared to the brain of a non-user. Such an abnormality may underlie memory loss, learning problems, attention deficits, and even strokes.
Furthermore, present or even past cocaine use seems to be an automatic
disqualifier under the Nuclear Weapon Personnel Reliability Program. Control of nuclear weapons is of course part of the duties of the President of the United States. If Barack Obama is not qualified to perform this aspect of the job to which he aspires, he is not qualified for the job itself.
(2) Drug Abuse
(a) See definition 15. in enclosure 2. It is not the intent of this Directive to automatically render ineligible for the PRP any individual who, before the effective date of this Directive, has disclosed pre-Service drug abuse, or who has not yet been asked to make such disclosure,
and who is currently certified for PRP duties after having been formally screened in accordance with then-existing guidance. Further recertification of such individuals for future PRP status shall be in accordance with this Directive, except that previously disclosed and considered drug abuse and pre-Service drug use not required previously to be disclosed, shall not be sole grounds for denial of recertification or for mandatory decertification.
(b) Except for the category of individuals identified in subparagraph B.2.a.(2)(a), above, or otherwise provided in this Directive, any pre-Service use, admitted or otherwise discovered, of illicit drugs such as heroin, heroin derivatives, cocaine, “crack,” phencyclidine (PCP), lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), ecstasy,” or other “designer” drugs,
amphetamines, barbiturates, or other narcotic drugs not prescribed by proper medical authorities, and anabolic steroids shall render an individual ineligible for admission to or retention in PRP duties. The individual shall not be certified into the program or shall be permanently decertified, and those actions shall be made a matter of permanent record.
The reference adds that prior marijuana use (to which Bill Clinton as well as Barack Obama admitted) is not an automatic disqualifier. The bottom line is, however, that prior history of cocaine use disqualifies a member of the Armed Forces from touching a nuclear launch key, or indeed any access to weapons of mass destruction. The idea of giving someone with that kind of history the authority to order the use of such weapons, or even access to the codes for launching such weapons, should therefore appall all Americans. This document from the Secretary of the Navy adds,
b. Drug Abuse. Drug abuse is a violation of the law. It demonstrates a behavior pattern or action which is reasonably indicative of a contemptuous attitude toward the law or other duly-constituted authority. Any conduct which falls within the definition of drug abuse may be grounds for disqualification or decertification.
(1) Any personnel determined to have pre-service or inservice abuse of any drug will be disqualified prior to initial assignment to a PRP billet or, if currently assigned, will be
permanently decertified except:
(a) pre-service or in-service cannabis use which was acceptably screened under previous PRP guidance will not be the sole basis for disqualification or decertification,
Again, PRP refers to the (Nuclear Weapon) Personnel Reliability Program.