So Much For that Multi-Million $$ Secret Bunker
Joe Biden mouthed off at the annual Gridiron Club Dinner yesterday, while surrounded by reporters, and disclosed the location of the top secret Vice-Presidential bunker used by Dick Cheney. He thus rendered its expensive and secret construction, designed to save his own life during an attack on Washington, the next best thing to worthless. Now everybody knows it's under the Naval Observatory in northern Washington DC, where the Vice President's residence is located.
According to Fox News, Newsweek's Eleanor Clift couldn't resist flapping her gums when she heard the story:
Biden "said a young naval officer giving him a tour of the residence showed him the hideaway, which is behind a massive steel door secured by an elaborate lock with a narrow connecting hallway lined with shelves filled with communications equipment."
Clift continued: "The officer explained that when Cheney was in lock down, this was where his most trusted aides were stationed, an image that Biden conveyed in a way that suggested we shouldn't be surprised that the policies that emerged were off the wall."
In December 2002, neighbors complained of loud construction work being done at the Naval Observatory, which has been used as a residence by vice presidents since 1974.
The upset neighbors were sent a letter by the observatory's superintendent, calling the work "sensitive in nature" and "classified" and that it was urgent it be completed "on a highly accelerated schedule."
Not that this is a huge surprise, as anyone who tried to look at satellite photos of the Naval Observatory on Google between 2002 and 2006 knows it appeared as little more than a photographic smudge until the worksite got relandscaped. But it would have been nice to know that Biden had learned to shut his cake hole on national security issues. Secrecy over secure government installations isn't just a game. He needs to be reminded that loose lips can be blown clean off by a truck bomb parked at the driveway checkpoint these days. And with the North Koreans and Iranians working on their own ICBMs in their respective basements, the Russians aren't the only ones that can make use of his yukking it up with cheap cracks about the previous administration that wind up telling the world where to target their bunker busters.
Now that the cat's out of the bag, I guess it will become a worthless tourist stop, much like the now un-secret Congressional bunker at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.