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TROOPS PROTECTING NUCLEAR BASE FOUND ON ACID: ‘I FELT PARANOIA, PANIC’ via Newsweek

Troops tasked with protecting some of America’s deadliest weapons, nuclear missiles, were caught taking the hallucinogenic drug LSD, among other substances.

The Associated Press obtained a number of Air Force records showing 14 service members were disciplined for involvement with an LSD drug ring at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. Six of those airmen were convicted of distributing or taking the drug, though none were accused of taking the drugs while on duty.

One soldier, however, said that he could not respond to an emergency situation while under the influence of LSD. “I felt paranoia, panic,” said Airman First Class Tommy Ashworth in court proceedings obtained by the wire service.

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F.E. Warren Air Force Base is home to several nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), which when shot into space, can deliver a nuclear payload to targets across the globe. The base stands at the ready 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The nuclear base convictions come at a time of heightened global insecurity surrounding nuclear weapons. Last year, North Korea tested its own version of an ICBM with the theoretical ability to strike anywhere in the U.S. The country also tested its largest-ever nuclear bomb last year. U.S. intelligence believes that North Korea has developed a successful nuclear warhead.

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