Second in Command Over US Nuclear Arsensal Timothy Giardina Caught Cheating at Poker with Counterfeit Chips

I’m not exactly sure how cheating at poker with counterfeit chips compromises US national security, but it certainly doesn’t give one the impression that the man with the keys to the nukes is operating at the highest level of personal integrity in his “down time.”

Is there any department of the US government at this point which is NOT riddled with corrupt men and women who bring yet more shame to the nation by their actions?  The acting head of our CIA has a seedy extra-marital affair with an officer and gets busted via his Gmail account.  The NSA spies relentlessly on the American public, without their consent, yet looks the other way when their own employees misuse their clearances to spy on ex-girlfriends and romantic rivals. The second in command of our nuclear arsenal is caught at a small town casino in Iowa at the poker tables using counterfeit poker chips.


Is there any doubt the American public is more cynical than ever about their government? These people have become laughable, if not downright pathetic.  We would do better just to toss darts at the side of a barn papered with bawdy newspaper clippings to elect the next president.  Where does it end?


‘DCI agents stationed at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa, discovered the counterfeit chips, Dales said. He would not say when the discovery was made or how much in counterfeit chips was found, only that “it was a significant monetary amount.”  Council Bluffs is located across the Missouri River from Omaha.’

US nuclear commander suspended over gambling probe

Navy Vice Admiral Tim Giardina
Navy Vice Adm Tim Giardina was removed from duty in early September.

The second-in-command of the US military’s nuclear combat forces has been suspended during an investigation into illegal gambling.

Navy Vice Adm Timothy Giardina was removed from duty on 3 September, a US official said on Saturday.

Admiral Giardina was serving as the deputy in charge of the US Strategic Command, which oversees nuclear assets.

He has not been arrested or charged as part of the inquiry, into possible use of counterfeit casino chips.

The admiral, a career submarine officer, was referred to the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service after he became suspected in a case involving a casino in western Iowa.

Special agent David Dales of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation told AP “a significant monetary amount” was involved.

“We were able to detect this one pretty quickly and jump on it,” he added.

Security clearance

It is not known whether Vice Adm Giardina’s alleged actions at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs had the potential to compromise national security or operations at Strategic Command.

Navy Captain Pamela Kunze told Associated Press that he remains assigned to the command but is prohibited from performing nuclear-related duties or other activities requiring security clearance.

Air Force General Robert Kehlerr, who heads Strategic Command, has recommended that he be reassigned, Capt Kunze said.

Strategic Command, which oversees everything from America’s land-based nuclear missiles to space operations governing military satellites, is located at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska.

Vice Adm Giardina’s suspension follows several other incidents affecting the US military’s nuclear establishment.

In May it was reported that 17 officers in charge of maintaining nuclear missiles were sidelined over safety violations at Minot Air Force base in North Dakota.

In August a nuclear missile unit at Malstrom Air Force base in Montana failed a safety and security inspection, after which a senior security officer was relieved of duty.

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