Monday, June 13, 2005
Dave Eberhart, NewsMax.com[Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series on the nation's nuclear weapons laboratory. Part two: "Troubles at Los Alamos Mask Record of Achievement."]
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
The recent case of a Los Alamos whistleblower – and his claims that he was beaten by thugs who don't want him to talk about corruption at the Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab – has raised fresh questions about what is really going on there and prompted some nuclear community heavy hitters into defense mode.
Linton Brooks, National Nuclear Security Administration director, pointedly apologized to Los Alamos employees June 10 for characterizing the laboratory as suffering from "a culture of noncompliance" in a recent report to Congress, saying it was "an extremely poor choice of words."
1)" But notable accomplishments aside, the lab's track record under UC management has been, to say the least, spotty.
It was all the way back in 1945 that Klaus Fuchs, a German-born physicist involved in the Manhattan Project, gave the then Soviet Union the main elements of the design of the atomic bomb. Admitting the espionage, Fuchs was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
The lab was the epicenter of a 1999 espionage controversy involving lab scientist Wen Ho Lee. Never charged with espionage, Lee was fired for security violations. He eventually pleaded guilty to a felony count of mishandling classified information and admitted copying classified files. Lee always maintained that he disposed of the purloined files on site, but they have never been found."
Spotty indeed, one problem in 1945 and next in 1999. Besides Fuchs, who should have been under control not of UC for sure, as this was the war then, all "failures" are questionable in this way or another. Compare this "spotty" record with any other record of even very respectable institution to see how spotty they are, and you will see LANL is simply one of these most respectable institutions with very little number of "spots", often inflated by unprofessional journalists like Dave Eberhardt.
2)"UC is competing against at least two other corporate-academic teams, including Lockheed Martin Corp. with the University of Texas, and Northrop Grumman Corp. with an undisclosed academic partner. "
One more onvious crime against journalism, he did not even check that Northrop Grummanmis already out of the competition.
Should I continue. Unfortunately, such approach to work is typical of present US journalists. Because of that the people do not know what is going on with their taxes in hands of politicians, who are even less qualified to do their jobs than journalists, and the result is US loosing its power and respect. The power and respect of which is LANL still a prominent representative.