Wednesday, June 14, 2006

In the News

Submitted by Anonymous:

Take your pick of news items.


ID Theft: When Will It End? -- Motley Fool (June 14)

This may sound like a political rant, but I'm aiming
more for a wake-up call. Here goes: Someone at the
Energy Department needs to be fired, and it's probably
Linton F. Brooks.


Nuke workers' ID theft unknown for a year - UPI (June

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., June 13 (UPI) -- The theft of
personnel records of some 1,500 National Nuclear
Security Administration workers went undetected for a
year, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

The information was stolen by hackers from an NNSA
computer at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico in
2004, but wasn't discovered until last fall, and only
made public Friday in a congressional hearing.


Paul resigns from federal nuclear agency -- Charlotte
Sun-Herald (June 13)

Former Port Charlotte legislator Jerry Paul has
resigned as the nation's second-highest ranking
official overseeing the security of the nation's
nuclear industry and arsenal.

In a letter he sent to President George Bush on
Friday, Paul said his desire to spend more time with
his wife and children was the primary reason for his


Not only did Brooks keep the ID theft under wraps for
almost a year once he heard about it. The staff at
NNSA's ABQ office didn't even know they were being
hacked for over a year!

Actually, it's Linton Brooks who now need to walk the
plank and issue the standard "wife and kids" mea
culpa. I will be suprised if Brooks leaves on his own
accord. He'll likely be kicking and screaming as
those above him attempt to shove his portly body out
the front door of NNSA. Bodman can start this
process, but does he have the cojones to do it? I
have my doubts. Most staff within DOE and NNSA are
probably hoping this whole affair blows over in a
couple of weeks and is quickly forgotten by everyone.

Jerry Paul is the bureaucrat who made the statement about a "culture of non-compliance" at LANL. See
This is a good development.
NNSA - Revenge of the "C Students"

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