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Nuke Lab Can't Keep Snoops Out

There are no armed guards to knock out. No sensors to deactivate. No surveillance cameras to cripple. To sneak into Los Alamos National Laboratory, the world’s most important nuclear research facility, all you do is step over a few strands of rusted, calf-high barbed wire. I should know. On Saturday morning, I slipped into and out of a top-secret area of the lab while guards sat, unaware, less than a hundred yards away. Despite the nation’s heightened terror alert status, despite looming congressional hearings into the lab’s mismanagement and slack-jawed security, an untrained person — armed with only the vaguest sense of the facility’s layout and slowed by a torn Achilles tendon — was able to repeatedly gain access to the birthplace of the atom bomb. “While Los Alamos is praised as a jewel of homeland security, it may actually be one of the country’s biggest vulnerabilities,” said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, a watchdog organization that’s eyed Los Alamos for years. Full Story

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