Thursday, June 4, 2009

US Mistakenly Releases Nuclear Site List

As published By EILEEN SULLIVAN and H. JOSEF HEBERT- AP on June 3, 2009 on

WASHINGTON (June 3) -- The government accidentally posted on the Internet a list of government and civilian nuclear facilities and their activities in the United States, but a U.S. official said Wednesday the posting included no information that compromised national security.
The 266-page document was published on May 6 as a transmission from President Barack Obama to Congress. …Some of the pages are marked "highly confidential safeguards sensitive."...Included in the report are details on a storage facility for highly enriched uranium at the Y-12 complex at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and some sites at the Energy Department's Hanford nuclear site in Washington state.
The document includes both government and civilian nuclear facilities, all of which have various levels of security, including details and location of nation's 103 commercial nuclear power reactors, information readily available from various sources.
…There are "zero" national security implications to the publication of this document, said Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Government's Project on Government Secrecy. Aftergood found the document on the GPO Web site and highlighted it in Secrecy News.
"I regret that some people are painting it as a roadmap for terrorists because that's not what it is," Aftergood said.

Editor Rozek’s Notes:...I’m not sure that it was exactly “painted” as a road-map. It was more like a GPS device…that targets uranium…and nuclear power reactors… No biggie. If I worked for the government, and had just accidentally clicked “publish” instead of handing the document to one of my secret service guys with the dark glasses to walk the copy over to congress in person, before I told someone what had happened, I would’ve released about 50 other documents with all different addresses on them. I can hear the president now:

Obama: “Crap! Crap! Crap. Darn computers! I hate these things”…
(he hits the monitor and formulates a plan…)
Obama: “Michelle! Do we have any white-out?”
Michelle: “Yes, it’s under the phone bill and the copy of the Constitution of the United States in the bottom drawer….Why?”
Obama: “No reason honey! I’m gonna be up late!”

If there were many other documents, it would’ve at least slowed down the protestors from getting to these newly published locations. I’m sure anyone who really wanted to hurt us already had the list saved on his IPhone.

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