Declassified, Carter’s Controversial Nuclear Targeting Directive PD-59

No small peanuts

Presidential Directive 59 (herein later PD-59) was signed by Jimmy Carter and made effective in 1980. Within weeks details of Carter’s PD’s were leaked to the press and made the front page of newspapers across the country including the New York Times. Now the PD-59 has been fully declassified and the extensive documentation can be found on the National Security Archive blog at George Washington University here.

Excerpted from the report:

The National Security Archive obtained the virtually unexpurgated document in response to a mandatory declassification review request to the Jimmy Carter Library [See Document 12]. Highly classified for years, PD 59 was signed during a period of heightened Cold War tensions owing to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, greater instability in the Middle East, and earlier strains over China policy, human rights, the Horn of Africa, and Euromissiles.

With other recently declassified material related to PD-59, today’s publication helps settle the mystery of what Jimmy Carter actually signed, [1] as well as shedding light on the origins of PD-59 and some of its consequences. Among the disclosures are a variety of fascinating insights about the thinking of key U.S. officials about the state of nuclear planning and the possible progression of events should war break out

Bin Laden and The Haqqani: Who knew?

On the anniversary of 9/11 The National Security Archive also released The Haqqani History: Bin Ladin’s Advocate Inside the Taliban. An interesting read considering the Obama administration is currently attempting to negotiate with the Taliban and the State Department has labeled the Haqqani network a terror group. Prior to that designation by the State Dept we uploaded the report on Haqqani Network financing courtesy of the Counter-Terrorism Center at West Point to our “Document Dump” (see picture in sidebar for full archive as well as updates with newly leaked documents as well as unclassified reports)


Alcee Hastings (D-FL) up for Ethics Review. Impeached Judge turned Congressman in the spotlight again

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Alcee Hastings (D-FL) is facing ethical review via congressional panel. Hastings, was appointed to the federal bench by Jimmy Carter and later impeached. It turns out that Federal Judges cant take bribes from defendants. Who knew? So much for living in a free country.

You might remember Hastings for his totally logical and civil remarks regarding Sarah Palin during the 2008 election. In an effort to rally Jews onto team Barrack Hastings blessed the audience with wisdom rarely heard outside of Bellevue hospital.

“Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So you just think this through.”

“We make up the ‘Rules’ as we go along”

Or who can forget during the Health Care Reform Debate on Obama Care when Hastings said that they make the rules up as they go along. This is what democracy looks like.

Now Hastings is up for an ethics review. Im shocked. I never thought the vast right conspiracy ran this deep. Waiting for Hitler references in 3…2…1…