Saturday, February 03, 2007


But that SRD leak was different ...

From an anonymous contributor:

Back in early November, the NY Times reported that the Bush Whitehouse put Secret RD data out on the web. Of course, no one paid any attention to this little story.

Let me emphasize that point once again. The Bush Whitehouse apparently put SRD data on nuclear weapons out on the web where ANYONE could come and get it.

Why couldn't Bodman or D'Agostino point this out to Congress during the hearings? I mean, my God, Bush has his people put SRD data out on the web for all to read and no one seems to mind a bit. But at LANL, if a screw-up occurs, it's "Shut the place down!".

Mr. Barton, where you aware that your man did this? Do you care? Perhaps he should be removed from office. Perhaps all the USB ports on all the Whitehouse PCs should be filled with epoxy. I know, perhaps the Whitehouse should be shutdown for 6 months for remedial training. I'm sure this incident must be due to the "culture of arrogance" that fills the Bush Whitehouse.

You can read the full story here:


U.S. Web Archive Is Said to Reveal a Nuclear Primer - Nov 3, 2006 - NY Times

Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who had said they hoped to “leverage the Internet” to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein.

But in recent weeks, the site has posted some documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq’s secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb.

Last night, the government shut down the Web site after The New York Times asked about complaints from weapons experts and arms-control officials. A spokesman for the director of national intelligence said access to the site had been suspended “pending a review to ensure its content is appropriate for public viewing.”

...Peter D. Zimmerman, a physicist and former United States government arms scientist now at the war studies department of King’s College, London, called the posted material “very sensitive, much of it undoubtedly secret restricted data.”

Ray E. Kidder, a senior nuclear physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, an arms design center, said “some things in these documents would be helpful” to nations aspiring to develop nuclear weapons and should have remained secret.


I suggest that we as LANL staff hold a long press conference and bring all this out to the public and let the public judge for themselves.

Perhaps Bodman and many others will not stand the light of day, and very quickly change their tunes.
From the time Nanos started his personal attack on LANL, fueled in part I believe by his inferiority complex since he did not attend the Naval Academy, I have believed that LANL staff should have stood up for itself.

Although Todd and John did try to do this, too many LANL staff hid behind their fear of losing their jobs and great pay raises.

Now it's time to really stand up and defend yourselves. However, it will not help just to hold a press conference. You will also need a press release that details everything you plan on saying during the press conference, and you need to ensure that the information will go out to the various wire services as well as CNN. Don't waste your time on Fox, they could care less, and most of their staff probably can't spell science!

But you are in opposition to DOE, LANS, Bechtel, etc. so you will need lots of support. Many of you do not think much of the union, but I wonder where they are in all this. At least come up with a catchy organization name with a great acronym that will stand for what you want to accomplish.
We need a good leader and speaker to carry our message. So "errogant scientist #1" step up and represent the Lab the way it should be. Silence these mediocre bafoons once and for all.We are smarter than this to just roll over to these self serving hidden agenda politicians.
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