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NEWS: Los Alamos Nuclear Classified-Data Missing; Operations Suspended

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posted on Jul, 10 2004 @ 12:54 PM
According to the Los Angeles Times today, the Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has reported the loss of classified information. They are currently conducting a search of the nuclear weapons lab where two disks containing classfied data originally went missing. This is the third such incident within the last 8 months.
Los Alamos has suspended its operations in response to the missing disks. The only other instance of operations being suspended happened four years ago after forest fires came too close.
July 10 (Bloomberg) -- Los Alamos National Laboratory, a New Mexico nuclear weapons research facility, has lost two computer disks containing classified information, the third incident in eight months, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Los Alamos officials described the loss as ``very serious,'' the paper said. Officials said after the earlier two incidents that the missing materials posed no threat to national security.

Director Peter Nanos ordered operations halted in the affected weapons physics area of the lab to conduct a search, the paper said. Bryan Wilkes, a spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration which oversees the facilities for the U.S. Energy Department, said the lab's failure to keep track of classified data is ``intolerable.''

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I cannot believe this is happening again. In the military, we were so anal about the movement of classified data - it is very serious. Yet Los Alamos continues to break rules and seriously jeapordize our national security. They have already had one audit related to government purchases and security. Someone needs to take this place over in a big way.

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[edit on 16-7-2004 by Banshee]

posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 02:25 AM
This is the second time a news item has been submitted on this particular topic.

I'm confused now - my original mention of this newsworthy event has not attracted a single reply!

posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 02:27 AM
Note the date, Bastet. This has been a news item on ATSNN since Saturday. I just bumped it back into existence and added updated info.

posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 02:29 AM
I really hope this is a media exercise and not for real.

In the event this is a serious threat, I hope you all remember what a bomb shelter is, because 9/11 will be nothing compared to what the usage of those codes could bring.

In all reality though, the codes have been changed the moment discovered missing, and the old ones inoperable.

posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 02:43 AM
My sincere apologies and I will check the time stamps in future!

Los Alamos seems to have had a number of security issues in the past, so I doubt this could be regarded as mere media hype in this case. This latest state of affairs must surely see the security issue addressed properly foe once & for all.

posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 08:20 AM
The story continues - activities have been suspended. The BBC overvoew pf Los Alamos reads like a security nightmare.

One of America's largest nuclear weapons research laboratories has suspended its activities after secret information went missing…. Security lapses at all three major US nuclear weapons labs - Sandia and Los Alamos in New Mexico and Lawrence Livermore in California - have included the loss of keys, laptops and even a van, as well as the two-year disappearance of two vials of plutonium oxide


That's some scary reading.

posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 09:14 AM
Man they should take all of the people who had access to the codes put the on a lie detector and put a gun to their heads who ever is lying blow their brain out that is what you get for treason and aiding another country or terrorism with top secret nuclear info and its a good thing that from now on every one has to be escorted by an MP or guard

[edit on 16-7-2004 by WestPoint23]

posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 10:07 AM

Originally posted by WestPoint23
Man they should take all of the people who had access to the codes put the on a lie detector and out a gun to their heads who ever is lying blow their brain out that is what you get for treason and aiding another country or terrorism with top secret nuclear info and its a good thing that from now on every one has to be escorted by an MP or guard

Argh, cant you stay out of the topics if you dont got anything vice to say, pff teen-rage.

Smoke some KanJa or get out, seriously

posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 08:45 PM
Considering everyone and their brother knows how to make nuclear stuff these days, I can only imagine what was contained on the disks to be considered 'very serious'...

[edit on 16-7-2004 by perseus]

posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 08:48 PM
this is pretty scary

posted on Jul, 17 2004 @ 09:06 AM
Los Alamos labs are going through some seriously troubled times these days. Makes me wonder if anyone broke a mirror there recently - but of course there's no room for superstition in such a rarefied scientific atmosphere!

on Friday, the lab admitted that a 20-year-old intern was hit in the eye with a laser beam, causing retinal damage and hemorrhaging. According to lab spokesman James Fallin, the accident occurred in the lab's advanced chemical diagnostic and instruments group, where the intern and others were running experiments with a powerful class 4 laser on Wednesday afternoon. The accident led to a second order, to suspend all activities at the lab. A few "essential activities essential to national security will be maintained," Fallin said. But that is all.

In what can only be described as a very stiff email to all staff, Director Nanos wrote -

"This week I traveled to Washington D.C. and to Oakland where I met with our customers, members of Congress, UC Regents and University management. Frankly, nobody understands how we have gotten ourselves into this mess. I told them that, in accordance with our policies, people will be terminated if they ignore the safety, security and environmental regulations that are at the core of what we do here. I emphasized to everyone I met with that this willful flouting of the rules must stop, and I don't care how many people I have to fire to make it stop. If you think the rules are silly, if you think compliance is a joke, please resign now and save me the trouble."

The full text of the email is here-

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