Thursday, November 17, 2005

Deletions in LANL Report Protested

By John Arnold
Journal Staff Writer

A Santa Fe-based nuclear watchdog group says the U.S. Department of Energy violated the Freedom of Information Act by blacking out large portions of a document outlining Los Alamos National Laboratory's vision for the future.

Nuclear Watch New Mexico's Jay Coghlan says he filed a request for LANL's annual "Ten-Year Comprehensive Site Plan" 10 months ago. But when the group received the unclassified document last month, an estimated 40 percent of its contents had been redacted, Coghlan said.

LANL and other National Nuclear Administration sites compile comprehensive site plans annually. They include information on existing lab programs and missions, as well as plans and goals for future facilities, weapons work, land-use and operations. Nuclear Watch received the fiscal year 2004 document last month, and it has requests pending for 2003, 2005 and 2006.


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Now, why do you suppose LANL and DOE management would want to keep their plans for LANL's future out of the public eye?

It couldn't have anything to do with a surreptitious desire to bring production-scale pit production to LANL, could it?

Roderick Spode
It is troubling that the managers of our laboratory feel the need to hide behind a veil of secrecy. As NNSA spokesman Al Stotts said in the article,

"If they would like an explanation for the deleted material, we'd be glad to provide it to them..."

Expect that explanation to be, "We can't tell you that because its classified." The same excuse, by the way, that former LANL director Nanos attempted to hide behind regarding those famous non-missing disks last year. Until the FBI report came out telling everybody what happened, that is.
'A veil of secrecy'... Hmmmmmm

Lets see, I have to keep my window closed half of the time because many discussions in my office are classified.

I have to encrypt half of my email because it contains information that is not for general consumption ( i.e. OUO, etc...).

Most of my work product is at least export-controlled and there is a reason that I have a classified safe in my office.

I am sorry if your view of life at LANL does not value a sense of caution and secrecy. Many of us would tend to find ourselves in real trouble if we didn't remember that we need that veil and stopped working very hard to not 'telegraph' every technical advance that we were working on.

I am not a big player at the lab, just a little worker bee. But I take my responsibility very seriously. And I will not apologize for not wanting anyone and everyone with a web browser to know what the strategic plans are for LANL for the next decade.
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