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SCI/TECH: 'Missing' Los Alamos Disks Never Existed

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posted on Jan, 28 2005 @ 09:20 PM
Two missing disks, which caused the shutdown of Los Alamos National Laboratory, have been established as having never existed. The University of California, which oversees activities at the lab, accepted responsibility for the accounting practices that led to the error. The government reduced the the fee to UC from over nine million to less than three million, as punishment for the error.
Two computer disks that supposedly disappeared last summer, prompting a virtual shutdown of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, in fact never existed, according to a report released Friday.

In a harshly worded review that described severe security weaknesses at the nuclear laboratory, the U.S. Energy Department concluded that bar codes were recorded for the disks but that the disks themselves were never created. A separate FBI investigation supported that finding, according to the report.

"The weaknesses revealed by this incident are severe and must be corrected," said the report.

As punishment for the problems, the Energy Department slashed the management fee it paid to the University of California for running the laboratory by two-thirds. Out of a possible $8.7 million, the university will get only $2.9 million; it is the largest fee reduction ever imposed on a national laboratory.

"Although multiple investigations have confirmed that the 'missing' disks never existed, the major weakness in controlling classified material revealed by this incident are absolutely unacceptable, and the University of California must be held accountable for them," Linton Brooks, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Agency, said in a statement.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

While it is a good thing that these disks never existed and, therefore, could not have compromised security, one has to wonder just what may have been going on at the lab, given the lax security measures, that could have compromised security. This is not the first incident to cause security concerns at Los Alamos. The Wen Ho Lee case of 1999 was a serious security problem and a source of embarrassment to the labs reputation.

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[edit on 28-1-2005 by Banshee]

posted on Jan, 28 2005 @ 09:29 PM
Okay, so there were no disks in the first place.
So, what about the four people who were fired and the one who resigned?
Do they get their jobs back, or are they gonna get rich?

posted on Jan, 28 2005 @ 10:01 PM
Hmm... not that I doubt this or anything, but this all seems a bit too Orwellian for me. Anyone else get that feeling?

posted on Jan, 28 2005 @ 10:27 PM
I can't speak for this investigation or anything that went on at Los Alamos, but, evidently, the problem was with the oversight of lab security and the attitudes of numerous scientists that they were above the security measures to account for data at the lab. I have even heard that they had bumper stickers on their cars complaining about having to follow security measures, at all.

The fact that the disks turned out not to have existed points out the lax means by which disks were made and accounted for. If you don't know how many disks exist to begin with, how are you going to keep track of them. The lab has been grossly mismanaged, by all accounts, and those who lost their jobs did so not so much because some disks were missing, but because of the system which allowed such conditions to exist.

posted on Jan, 28 2005 @ 10:29 PM
I wonder if it wa a false flag operation? Create an issue and shake a few bushes and see what comes up? Its a good call:

makes the security force seem inept and maybe real spies will get careless.

It may turn up something that was previously under the radar.

posted on Jan, 29 2005 @ 12:35 AM
Our government just loves punishing people who are involved with things that don't exist. WMD, computer disks, Osama Bin Laden, etc. etc.

posted on Jan, 29 2005 @ 08:12 AM
It's likely to be a fact that the disks have disappeared, the latter story maybe a work of deception. It's also quite likely that some people had to be removed, and the whole thing is a setup to frame employees.

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