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Whistle-Blower Faults Nuclear Facility Security

A U.S. federal employee who until September 2001 ran simulated “war games” to test security at U.S. nuclear weapons facilities has claimed that measures to guard against terrorist attack were largely inadequate, according to a report in Vanity Fair magazine released on Monday. The article, written by veteran nuclear industry reporter Mark Hertsgaard, quotes Rich Levernier as saying teams of mock terrorists he oversaw ran pretend assaults on the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and other facilities, and over half of the time, captured plutonium and escaped. “Some of the facilities would fail year after year,” Levernier said in Vanity Fair’s November issue which hits newsstands on Wednesday. The story said Levernier was making his claims public for the first time. He is suing the U.S. Department of Energy, accusing the government agency of illegally gagging him and removing him from his duties without just cause. Full Story

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