Friday, April 15, 2005

Homeland Security director assesses terrorist potential

Homeland Security director assesses terrorist potential


CAROL A. CLARK, lanews@lamonitor.com, Monitor Staff Writer

SANTA FE - "There are no existing credible threats going on in New Mexico at this time," Homeland Security Director Tim Manning said.

Manning discussed his initial impressions of New Mexico's vulnerability to terrorism during an interview in his office Thursday afternoon.

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"There are no existing credible threats going on in New Mexico at this time," Homeland Security Director Tim Manning said, "with the notable exception of LANL Director Peter G. Nanos," he hastily added.
 
First let my say I have a very high regard for Doug and his courage and hard work in producing this blog. Having said that I think it is highly ironic that the blog software itself is so clearly third rate. First you are admonished that the most common browser won't really work very well. Then every other day the thing won't accept comments. There is no indicator of new comments to let anyone know when something else has been added. Now the thing is making pages two screens wide. We are advised regularly to use a spell checker which is absent from the blog editor.

The "end of days" notice at the end of each thread is also a nice touch.
 
Doug,

I don't mean to be anti religious but since you monitor the postings can we keep the "repent and pay the way for the lord" postings off? They add nothing to the discussions.
 
Someone should explain this to the DOE/NNSA who are intent upon closing West Jemez Road, thus further impacting local businesses and the health and safety of our friends and family who live in the Jemez. They are running amuk with their plans to protect TA-3 from possible truck bombers. They must see terrorists lurking behind every tree. I'm surprised they do not want to cut down all the trees for several miles north of TA-3 because protecting against truck bombers will not protect against grenade and shoulder-held missile launchers from the edge of Los Alamos Canyon.

Oops! Does this make me a terrorist because I can see other ways to attack TA-3? Maybe it means that I am smarter than the DOE/NNSA arm chair quarterbacks who operate on hindsight.
 
The Laboratory (Nanotorium) is planning to close West Jemez Road because the operations/security folks woke up one morning and to their absolute astonishment realized they had built their new emergency command center on West Jemez Road. Oops! But frankly my friends, I have trouble believing that international terrorists are going to travel 10,000 miles to attack the Los Alamos ECC. However, if that's really the case move the ECC to its old location in TA-3. No fire hazard esists there now because the trees have all burned in the canyon. One of the reasons for the relocation was to get the ECC away from a fire hazard so they built it in the woods. If relocated back to old ECC facility in TA-3, West Jemez could remain open and the new ECC could be converted into a daycare center or a retirement processing center. ; )
 
A daycare center on LANL property? That would never fly. LANL has no interest in being family-friendly.

Planning the new location for the ECC on West Jemez Road and then deciding that the only solution to protect it from terrorists is to close the road demonstrates about as much intelligence as building a 4 story parking garage but not planning for snow removal from the 4th story. Aren't we supposed to report waste, fraud and abuse? Aren't both of these gross examples of a waste of money?

The only way to protect this building is put it underground like a bomb shelter because there are just too many ways to destroy it besides a truck bomb on West Jemez Road.
 
A daycare center on LANL property? That would never fly. LANL has no interest in being family-friendly.

Planning the new location for the ECC on West Jemez Road and then deciding that the only solution to protect it from terrorists is to close the road demonstrates about as much intelligence as building a 4 story parking garage but not planning for snow removal from the 4th story. Aren't we supposed to report waste, fraud and abuse? Aren't both of these gross examples of a waste of money?

The only way to protect this building is to put it underground like a bomb shelter because there are just too many ways to destroy it besides a truck bomb from a vehicle on West Jemez Road.
 
Well the building's placement was pre-Nanos.. so he can only be blamed for cutting the ribbon. The DOE/NNSA recommendations are that all of Jemez road be closed off from the bottom to the top. The bridge is also a hazard but trying to put the various controls in place would require the B division building to be removed and the road routed through a bomb check area. So it is being done where the radio shack and stuff are currently.

I am expecting the complete closing to be a congressional budgetary rule in the next 4-5 years [Close off the road or get an OMB hold on funds.]
 
Clearly we have bigger problem than Nanos if the DOE/NNSA can make such critical decisions about our community. Of course, the fact that the higher level folks do not stand up to the DOE/NNSA shows just who they think are important.
 
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