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NEWS: Los Alamos Puts 19 on Leave After Security Breach

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posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 08:06 PM
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Following another incident where two classified computer disks came up missing, the facility has placed 19 employees on investigative leave. The facility is in deep trouble and risks losing the faclility altogether. This is just one of many faux pas' which have happened at this Top Secret nuclear lab, When are the powers at be, going to be held accountable for these security failings?
 



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SANTA FE, N.M. (Reuters) - Nineteen employees at the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory were put on leave following an injury to an intern and the discovery that two computer disks with classified material went missing at the weapons research facility, officials said on Thursday.

Director Pete Nanos told a press conference that the Los Alamos National Laboratory's survival was being threatened by security and safety breaches, which led to his ordering a shutdown last week for a thorough review of procedures at the nuclear lab that gave birth to the atomic bomb.


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posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 11:05 PM
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Sen. Pete Domenici, a longtime defender of Los Alamos Nuclear Lab, said that the labs credibility is running low. This article ties in nicely with the worries already stated in the above post.



At Los Alamos, Domenici says credibility running out
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — The man who so often has defended Los Alamos National Laboratory against congressional critics warns that time and credibility are running low at the birthplace of the atom bomb.

Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M, suggests that maybe all that defense, while heartfelt, has taken a toll.

"Unfortunately, that defense has increasingly cost the credibility of the laboratory," Domenici said in an open letter to the community of Los Alamos. "Today, in Washington, Los Alamos' reputation as a crown jewel of science is being eclipsed by a reputation as being both dysfunctional and untouchable."

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It appears that the recent security failures makes Los Alamos a hot potato which, this time, Sen. Domenici will not handle...



posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 11:44 PM
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Hmm..Well, we do have to look at the bright side if this place gets shut down permanantly...now we can have tours! I always wanted to see that place.




posted on Jul, 23 2004 @ 02:59 PM
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Energy Secretary halting use of computer disks like one missing in Los Alamos, beginning Monday each DOE installation, which use the disks,will conduct a complete inventory. Also mentioned was training for employees and a review of security procedures at each site.


Energy Secretary: Halt all DOE operations involving disks similar to those missing at Los Alamos
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham on Friday ordered a halt to all Energy Department operations across the country that use the kind of computer disks reported missing last week at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Under his order, each Energy Department installation will suspend operations Monday involving removable data-storage devices such as computer disks. Each site will conduct an inventory of such items and perform weekly inventories after that. Staff members will get additional training and security procedures will be reviewed.

A department spokeswoman could not immediately say how many sites will be affected.


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posted on Jul, 25 2004 @ 02:44 AM
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Ok two disks went missing from the Los Almos Lab and yesterday the FBI raided "The Black Hole" a junk store in Los Almos and took harddrives and 8 mm tapes said to be from Los Almos National Lab. Could this be a possible connection.




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