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Norad false alarm causes uproar

One of the most terrifying visions of the Cold War was the spectre of Soviet bombers and nuclear missiles crossing the Arctic toward North America. To protect the continent, Canada and the United States created Norad, the North American Aerospace Defense Command: a vast array of electronic eyes forever sweeping over the continent. But the world changed since the 1950s, and Norad shifted focus to monitor drug trafficking and terrorism. Yet critics call the organization an expensive monument to the Cold War, and a first step on the slippery slope to weapons in space.

A computer glitch triggers an international incident.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Nov. 10, 1979
Guest(s):
Host: George McLean
Reporter: Brian Stewart
Duration: 1:57

Last updated: November 20, 2012

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