Saturday, November 04, 2006

Los Alamos Confidential (Or NOt!)

Not a good thing.

“It's devastating." If a nuclear weapon were stolen, the information "would tell the terrorists everything they need to do to get a weapon to fire." (This is a quote from a federal official recently briefed on the issue).

Too bad this information was on three thumb drives found in a trailer park during a drug raid.

Too bad the person who took this and other highly classified information on nuclear weapons was a 22-year-old employee Jessica Quintana, of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the nation’s premier nuclear research and development facility.

Too bad this 22-year-old “contractor” had Sigma-15 clearance allowing her to access to documents explaining how to deactivate locks on a nuclear weapon. (Yup, that’s right! Nuclear weapons have locking systems so they cannot be blown up or won’t blow up when you transport them and she had the data on how to unlock them!).

Too bad that she had top-secret "Q-clearance" with access to all the U.S. underground nuclear test data and to vaults with sensitive intelligence information.

Too bad that according to her lawyer she just she “took the material home to work and then forgot about it” in the trailer park! Is this Los Alamos normal best practice – “Yeah Jessica, go ahead and drag that top secret stuff on some thumb drives and take them back to your trailer home and work on them over the week end!”

Too bad that “if a terrorist steals an American nuclear weapon, he could not detonate it due to the special access controls. Ms Quintana is authorized to read the reports that tell how to get around those safety controls

Too bad British security officials are worried that design plans for Trident nuclear weapons are among the stolen documents and they are freaked out that this information may now be out in the public somewhere.

Too bad out government is a bunch of idiot incompetent moron’s who cannot be trusted with anything having to do with security.

Good for CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson who was the first to report this story and has now followed up on it. You get our "Atta Girl" prize!

Too bad that when you Google this story most of the other media has ignored it preferring to run massive print and video on the alleged gay and meth tastes of an evangelical minister.

Maybe we have our priorities all turned around.

Oh yes, this story is not from the 1960s and the cold war! It's from Nov. 3, 2006.

Oh yes. This week the fedral government also took down a web site on Saddam Hussein's nuclear program that apparently had information in Arabic on how to make a nuclear bomb!


At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is responsible?

I recall some reported breaches during the Clinton years.

It has been widely reported that the Chinese could not hit anything until Clinton gave them our guidance system designs.

Why should we expect the Feds to even care about ID Theft/


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