Sunday, December 11, 2005

With bid to run Los Alamos, UT picks a hot potato

Nuclear aspect angers critics; officials say benefits outweigh risks

09:26 PM CST on Sunday, December 11, 2005

By HOLLY K. HACKER / The Dallas Morning News

Los Alamos National Laboratory is best known as the birthplace of the atomic bomb. But lately, the New Mexico weapons lab has been known more for a string of safety and management problems, from missing classified data to employee credit card abuses.

So why does the University of Texas System want to step in and help run Los Alamos?

Any day now UT will learn whether it, together with aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, has won a contract to manage the lab. The University of California has run Los Alamos since 1943, when the lab was secretly created under the Manhattan Project.

Recent security lapses and other troubles led the Department of Energy, which owns Los Alamos, to hold its first-ever competition for the contract.

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Comments:
The same old crap from a so-called "reporter":

"Los Alamos National Laboratory is best known as the birthplace of the atomic bomb. But lately, the New Mexico weapons lab has been known more for a string of safety and management problems, from missing classified data to employee credit card abuses."

Yet, buried in the article, we find:

"Security breaches last year – including reports of two lost computer disks that, it turns out, never existed – led to a seven-month shutdown of the lab."

Oh! So THAT was bogus! Well!

"Some national lab experts, however, note that UT still faces risks because science and safety go hand in hand. For instance, a lab employee can be injured while doing research."

Well, then, I guess that explains: "a laser accident that injured an intern".

Oh! So THAT checks off the safety part!

What about the "credit card abuses"?

Oh! Well! We didn't have time to write about that!

But then, there's Wen Ho Lee:

"There's also the famous 1999 case involving scientist Wen Ho Lee, who was wrongly accused of selling secrets."

And the answer: "Investigators in the case found management problems at the lab."

Well, thank you, Dallas! You've got it all down:

* "Misplaced computer drives, unauthorized spending, accidents – these are the headaches that UC has had to deal with."
* "The lab also needs environmental cleanup after its 60-plus years of operation."
* "a broken system there"
* "that place is a mess"
* "the lab is in dire need of an overhaul"
* "a totally unholy, immoral alliance"
* "one of the largest makers of nuclear weapons in the world" (wrong--our "crack" reporter should have pointed out that Pantex is in Amarillo, TX!)
* "The new managers will earn up to $79 million a year, almost nine times what UC now earns."
* "it will definitely improve the science and research and prestige of the University of Texas"
* "UT could tap into millions more in federal research dollars"

-Oh, well! THERE's a positive side to this "mess" at LANL ! ! !

Give me an f*ing break!

-Brad Lee Holian
 
Well done Brad.
 
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