Today’s award goes to the security personnel at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Three peace activists — including an 82-year-old nun — infiltrated the highest-security area of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in a predawn protest Saturday, reportedly evading guards and cutting through three or four fences in order to spray-paint messages, hang banners and pour human blood at the site where warhead parts are manufactured and the nation’s stockpile of bomb-grade uranium is stored.
It was an unprecedented security breach at the Oak Ridge plant, which enriched the uranium for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II and continues to be a mainstay of the U.S. nuclear defense program.
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Steven Wyatt, a spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration at Y-12, declined to discuss details of the early-morning events at the Oak Ridge, but he acknowledged that the unapproved entry into the plant’s inner sanctum — a high-security zone known simply as the Protected Area — was unprecedented.
“There’s never been a situation like this before to my knowledge,” Wyatt said Saturday afternoon.
If unarmed protesters dressed in dark clothing could reach the plant’s core during the cover of dark, it raised questions about the plant’s security against more menacing intruders.
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Saturday’s intrusion at Y-12 comes just a few days after the WSI, the government’s security contractor in Oak Ridge, confirmed plans to eliminate about 50 security jobs in Oak Ridge — including 34 security police officers at Y-12.
There’s more at the link.
Let’s see now. We trust you to keep out Russian and Chinese spies, Al Qaeda terrorists, and others of their ilk . . . but you can’t keep out an 82-year-old nun armed with banners and spray paint???