Tuesday, October 24, 2006

CBS: Los Alamos Security Breach Probed

Feds Are Investigating Apparent Breach Of Classified Info At Nation's Top Nuclear Lab
Another apparent breach of classified material is under federal investigation at the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratory: Los Alamos National Laboratory, sources tell CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson. The breach apparently was discovered when Los Alamos police recently conducted a methamphetamine raid on an area home. Inside the house, along with drug paraphernalia, police allegedly found classified materials apparently from the grounds of the Los Alamos Laboratory. How somebody involved in illegal drugs would also have access to classified materials from the nation's nuclear weapons facility is unknown but under investigation. The home is believed to belong to a Los Alamos Laboratory contractor who does maintenance at the laboratory. The FBI has been called in to lead the investigation into the security breach and executed a search warrant on Friday. The U.S. attorney's office in Albuquerque, N.M., is reviewing the case. The Los Alamos Laboratory has been hit by multiple security and management scandals in recent years. Problems were so widespread that Congress forced the contract for management of the lab to go up for bid for the first time ever. However, after bidding, the contract was re-awarded to the same contractor: the University of California. Los Alamos public affairs officials will only confirm the matter is under investigation.
Excuse me, but just who the hell is doing the hiring at this place? H/T: Small Dead Animals