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Title: Five Terror Suspects Arrested Near Sellafield Nuclear Plant
Date: May 3, 2011
Source: Telegraph

Abstract: They were detained at 4.32pm yesterday following a stop check on a vehicle by officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, who police the facility in West Cumbria.

The five, all in their 20s and from London, were arrested under the Terrorism Act, a spokesman for Cumbria Police said.

They were held in police custody overnight before being taken to Manchester this morning.

An investigation is now under way by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

A statement from Cumbria Police said: "At 4.32pm yesterday, Monday 2 May, police officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary conducted a stop check on a vehicle close to the Sellafield site in West Cumbria.

"As a result, police officers from Cumbria Constabulary arrested five men from London, all aged in their 20s, under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act.

"They were taken to police custody in Carlisle overnight and are being transported to Manchester this morning.

"The investigation is being led by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

"A road closure affected the area for a short period of time" (Telegraph, 2011)

Title: 'US Used Nukes On Iraq, Afghanistan'
Date: November 29, 2011
Source:
Press TV

Abstract: The United States has used tactical nuclear weapons in its military campaign against Iraq and Afghanistan, a Middle East expert tells Press TV.

“Tactical nuclear weapons were used, at least one in Iraq and several were used in Afghanistan --in the Tora Bora mountains,” Peter Eyre, a Middle East consultant, said.

Eyre pointed out that the atomic bomb dropped on Afghanistan's Tora Bora region was so powerful that it actually created an earthquake there.

The analyst went on to say that the use of such lethal weapons by US military, which is a gross violation of the Geneva Convention, has been sanctioned by the US presidents; thus they should be prosecuted for war crimes.

"In America, the ultimate commander in chief is the president," Eyre said, adding that the President has the final say in using such weapons.

The US is the first country in the world to develop nuclear weapons and the only one to use them.

Thousands of people were killed in August 1945, when the US bombers dropped atomic bombs on Japan's Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of toppling the Taliban regime, claiming that the militants have refused to hand over Osama bin Laden.

The US also invaded Iraq in 2003 under the excuse of destroying alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD) belonging to former dictator Saddam Hussein.

Many civilians, including women and children, have been killed as a result of these wars.

The US-led war in Afghanistan, with civilian and military casualties at record highs, has become the longest war in the US history (Press TV, 2011)

Title: Swiss Charge 3 Men In Nuclear Smuggling Case
Date: December 13, 2011
Source:
Associated Press

Abstract: Three Swiss engineers — a father and his two sons — have been charged with breaking arms export laws by aiding a Pakistani-led nuclear smuggling ring that supplied Libya's atomic weapons program, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The formal indictment follows almost a decade of politically charged investigation by Swiss authorities that lifted the veil on one of the most successful international intelligence operations to stop nuclear proliferation to rogue states.

Urs Tinner, 46, his brother Marco, 43, and their father Friedrich, 74, are accused of providing technology and know-how to the nuclear smuggling network of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the architect of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, the federal prosecutors office in Bern said in a statement.

The A.Q. Khan smuggling ring sold key equipment such as centrifuges for uranium enrichment to various countries until its operations were disrupted in 2003.

Prosecutors said the Tinners have agreed to ask for a shortened legal procedure, under which defendants admit the basic charges against them but face no more than five years in prison.

If judges at the Federal Criminal Tribunal agree, politically sensitive aspects of the investigation likely won't be publicly aired as further evidence gathering — and therefore cross-examination — would be excluded in court.

An unidentified fourth defendant who prosecutors said played a subordinate role will be charged in a separate legal proceeding with breaking Swiss arms exports laws.

Prosecutors said in their statement the question of the Tinners' cooperation with the CIA remains unresolved, because the Swiss government has denied a request to open a criminal investigation into the issue.

Lawyers representing the Tinners didn't immediately respond to emails and telephone calls requesting comment.

Urs Tinner, who was released on bail in December 2008 after almost five years in investigative detention, claimed in a 2009 interview with Swiss TV station SF1 that he had tipped off U.S. intelligence about a delivery of centrifuge parts meant for Libya's nuclear weapons program. The shipment was seized at the Italian port of Taranto in 2003, forcing Libya to admit and eventually renounce its efforts to acquire nuclear weapons.

The CIA has declined to comment on the Tinner case. But the agency has said in the past that "the disruption of the A.Q. Khan network was a genuine intelligence success, one in which the CIA played a key role."

A book by U.S. investigative reporters Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins backs Urs Tinner's claim that he was recruited by the CIA as early as 2000.

In 2007, the Swiss government ordered evidence in the case destroyed, citing national security concerns. The decision prompted outrage in Switzerland and accusations that the government had acted under pressure from Washington.

Prosecutors said they were able to recover copies of some of the files, but others — including all electronic records — have been "definitively lost" (Associated Press, 2011)

Title: Swedish Man Arrested For Building A Nuclear Reactor In His Kitchen
Date: August 10, 2011
Source: Oil Price

Abstract: Apparently a Swedish man has been reprimanded for attempting to build a homemade nuclear reactor.

31-year-old Richard Handl foiled his own plans to construct a homemade nuclear reactor when he called the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority in July to ask if he was even allowed to build it.  His seemingly harmless attempt to inquire as to the legalities of his research led to Swedish authorities storming Handl’s home in the small coastal town of Angelholm.

"We realized he probably had radioactive material at his home which you are not allowed to have without a permit, which was why the authorities decided to inspect his home," said Swedish Radiation Safety Authority research director Leif Moberj.

The extensive inspection of Handl’s home uncovered radioactive material, including small amounts of Americium-241, an isotope commonly found in home smoke detectors.  It is illegal to remove Americium-241 from smoke detectors as it can be very harmful if inhaled or swallowed.  However, tests revealed that the amounts found in Handl’s home were not enough to warrant any danger to neighbors.  The agency has yet to reveal what other types of radioactive materials were found.

Handl was quoted in the Helsingborgs Dagblad newspaper saying that he owns his own Geiger counter and had noticed no problems with radiation while conducting his experiments.  His plan for a homemade reactor was never completed, although he reportedly had purchased most of what was needed to build one.  All of his equipment has been confiscated by Swedish authorities.  Handle told the newspaper that in the future he plans to keep his work strictly theoretical to avoid such investigations.

Moberj added that the incident was “extremely unusual.  I haven’t heard of any similar things ever,” he said.

While Richard Handl’s plan to build his own small-scale nuclear reactor was foiled, I must applaud his candor.  The garage scientists of the world are the unsung heroes of the energy arena.  Tinkering in their workshops to develop exotic new ways to generate energy is exactly the kind of entrepreneurial spirit that will transform the energy sector and help truly achieve energy independence.  While well-funded universities and billion dollar companies certainly pump out some amazing energy breakthroughs, homebound researchers aren’t limited by grant guidelines or third-party funding specifications, and are truly free to explore the boundaries of science.  Kudos to all you garage scientists out there; but in your quest for the next big energy breakthrough, just be sure you’re not risking your health or the health of others with, say, illegal radioactive materials (Oil Price, 2011)

Title: Nuclear Reactor Operators Caught Surfing The Web While On Duty
Date: January 10, 2012
Source: 
Medical Daily

Abstract:  With the controls of the 978 megawatt River Bend nuclear reactor at their fingertips, operators were reading the news, checking scores, browsing fishing gear, and looking into retirement - and now the plant is facing a major fine.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $140,000 civil penalty against Entergy Operations, Inc. for employee conduct at their plant outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Control room operators directly responsible for monitoring the reactor and other important plant systems were accessing the internet without authorization while on the job, and the NRC claims Entergy failed to take timely corrective actions.

“NRC relies on a good faith effort to comply with regulatory requirements. This action reflects the significance of the violation due to the number of people involved and the willful nature of their actions,” said Region IV Administrator Elmo E. Collins. “While the licensee has since taken steps to correct the problem and ensure it doesn’t happen again, they did not promptly address the larger safety culture issue.”

According to the NRC, nine operators accessed the internet from the plant’s control room while on duty. Entergy can pay the fine or has 30 days to contest the penalty (Medical Daily, 2012).

Title: Feds Cite Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, Employee Over Control Room Incident
Date: January 27, 2012
Source: Holland Sentinel

Abstract: Palisades Nuclear Power Plant near South Haven and one of its employees were cited for an incident in the plant’s control room. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s decision comes as the agency recently downgraded the status of the plant and is investigating other incidents that led to shutdowns at the facility as recently as September.

The NRC announced “confirmatory orders” Thursday stemming from the Oct. 23, 2010, incident in which a control room operator left his post without supervisor permission and without someone else to take over his duties.

The control room is where the nuclear core is monitored and managed.

The incident had no immediate impact on safety since the control room supervisor assigned another licensed operator to the position, a release from the NRC said.

Confirmatory orders are legally binding commitments that outline actions the parties have agreed to take to ensure the NRC’s concerns will be addressed.

“If they do not meet these commitments, the NRC can take further action such as action against their licenses, other legal actions or issue civil penalties,” said Prema Chandrathil, public affairs officer for the NRC. “A confirmatory order can have fines attached to it.”

As part of the agreement, Palisades and its owner, Entergy Nuclear Operations, agree to issue a letter to employees emphasizing responsibilities and safety obligation and “ensuring potentially stressful work activities in the control room are properly planned for,” the release stated.

The employee’s responsibilities include completing 200 hours of successful work under supervision and writing an article for an industry publication discussing the event and safety responsibilities of a licensed reactor operator.

The plant, 27780 Blue Star Highway in Covert Township, provides about 18 percent of the power for Consumers Energy. Parts of Allegan County are within a 10-mile-radius Emergency Planning Zone — the prime area where people could be affected by a radiation leak from the plant and evacuations would be mostly likely in an emergency.

Federal regulators recently downgraded the status of the plant after faulty maintenance caused a water pump shutdown in May.

Nuclear plants are placed in one of five grade levels. The lower the ranking, the more inspections a plant gets. Palisades was moved from the top spot to the No. 2 category.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission also held two regulatory conferences with Entergy earlier this month to discuss two preliminary inspection findings issued to the plant that affected safety.

No decisions were made at the hearings. The NRC will review the information and make a final determination. The final report could result in another downgrade in the plant’s status (Holland Sentinel, 2012).  

Title: Activist Drops Billowing Smoke Bomb On French Nuclear Reactor
Date: May 2, 2012
Source: 
Fox News

Abstract: An environmental activist was arrested Wednesday after dropping a billowing smoke bomb onto the roof of a French nuclear reactor ahead of a key presidential election debate, Greenpeace and police said.

Video footage from the dramatic stunt captured the airborne activist on a motorized paraglider after he dropped the smoke bomb at the Bugey site 22 miles east of Lyon.

The activist began circling the reactor before making a wobbly descent to the ground with a parachute marked "Greenpeace." The name of the activist was not released, but local police confirmed the arrest.

Plant owner EDF has defended the site's security measures, saying in a statement they "were strengthened in late 2011 (to) allow detection and immediate apprehension of the perpetrator."

Greenpeace nuclear spokesman, Yannick Rousselet, told The Associated Press the spectacle was meant to stimulate a political debate on nuclear power.

"We're four days ahead of a presidential election, and neither (President) Nicolas Sarkozy or Francois Hollande are taking the issue seriously. Seventy-five percent of French electrical consumption is nuclear, and this needs to drop. We hope this will be a talking point in tonight's TV presidential debate," said Rousselet (Fox News, 2012)

Title: Radioactive Man? Milford Resident Pulled Over By State Police
Date: May 10, 2012
Source: 
CT Post

Abstract: 
Mike Apatow was minding his own business Wednesday, driving to an appointment for work in Washington Depot when a state police car appeared suddenly and signaled for the Milford resident to pull over.

Apatow, 42, was entering Interstate 84 in Newtown when the cruiser appeared, and he had no idea what he'd done to merit police attention. It turns out he didn't do anything.

But earlier that day, Apatow, who'd experienced a recent spike in his blood pressure, had a nuclear stress test at Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County in Trumbull. In the test, a small amount of a radioactive material is injected into the veins and used to help track blood flow to the heart.

Though the amount of radioactive material used in the test is relatively low -- equal to a few X-rays or a diagnostic CT scan -- it was enough to set off a radioactivity detector in the state police car. The detectors are used to help identify potential terror threats.

"I asked the officer `What seems to be the problem?' " Apatow said. "He said `You've been flagged as a radioactive car.' "

Apatow's doctor had given him a document attesting that he'd had a medical procedure involving a small amount of radioactive material that he handed to the officer. A Stratford firefighter, Apatow was more curious than annoyed by the incident.

"I had no idea the police even had devices like that," he said. "I imagined it being like a cartoon -- like I'm driving down the street and my car was glowing."

State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance confirmed that many of the state police cars have the radioactivity detectors. "It's part of our homeland security operations here," Vance said. "It's just another layer of public safety that we have in this state."

Though the goal of the detectors is to alert police to motorists who might be carrying hazardous materials, cases like Apatow's happen from time to time.

"They're very sensitive," Vance said of the detectors.

Apatow had the stress test after feeling ill while working at the Fire Department. He took his blood pressure and found it was 180 over 110 -- much higher than the 120 over 70 reading he usually gets. He attributed the spike to a variety of potential factors, including a lack of sleep. On Thursday, after visiting his doctors again, he was cleared for duty.

Dr. Gilead Lancaster, president of the Connecticut chapter of the American College of Cardiologists, said Apatow's experience with the stress test isn't as rare as some might think. Lancaster, also director of non-invasive cardiology at Bridgeport Hospital, said a colleague knew of an incident in which a patient was traveling by plane the day after a stress test and set off alarms in the airport. "It's definitely known that this happens, and we do let patients know that there is a chance that they could be picked up," he said.

He said patients are also often told to avoid close contact with family immediately following the stress test.

Apatow said his doctors told him not to go within 10 feet of his infant son within 24 hours of the test. Despite this, Lancaster said the amount of radioactive material used in the stress is unlikely to be harmful to the patient. "Any amount of radiation is harmful, but nobody has yet shown that this level of radiation has been of significant harm, especially to adults," he said.

Dr. Lawrence Schek, chief medical officer and chairman of cardiology at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, said facilities that perform these tests have to be certified and are meticulous about safety.

"There's very strict criteria in place," he said (CT Post, 2012)

Title: Swedish Nuclear Security Boosted After Explosives Find
Date: June 21, 2012
Source: 
CNN

Abstract: Security has been heightened at Sweden's nuclear power plants after explosives were discovered on a vehicle entering a protected nuclear site, authorities said Thursday.

The truck was stopped at the Ringhals nuclear power plant on Wednesday afternoon, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority said.

The suspicious material was discovered before the vehicle had entered the protected area, it said.

Police are now investigating suspected sabotage, said the plant's owner, Vattenfall.

The "explosive paste" was uncovered by sniffer dogs during a routine security check, the company said in a statement.

"The discovered object could not have induced a serious damage at Ringhals," it said. "Ringhals nuclear power plant is still in operation."

Officers patrolled the site overnight with bomb detection dogs but found nothing else, the company said.

The plant has raised its security level to the second lowest level of 4 as a precaution, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority said.

The country's two other nuclear power plant, in Forsmark and Oskarshamn, have also boosted their security measures following the discovery, it said.

"It is still assessed that there was no risk of an explosion because the explosive had no detonation device," the statement said.

David Persson, a spokesman for the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, told CNN he believed it was the first time such an incident had occurred.

The State Forensic Laboratory confirmed the substance was an explosive paste Thursday morning, Vattenfall said.

Sweden has 10 reactors at its three nuclear plants (CNN, 2012)

Title: 3 Arrested For Trespassing At Y-12 Nuclear Site
Date: July 28, 2012
Source: USA Today

Abstract: Authorities at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge say they have arrested three people for trespassing and defacing a building at the site.

A press release from the facility said the incident occurred about 4:30 a.m. on Saturday and an investigation is being led by the Department of Energy Inspector General.

The individuals, who were not named, were to be transported to another facility to be processed with federal trespassing charges.

Y-12 maintains the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile and provides nuclear fuel for the Navy and for research reactors worldwide. The statement from the facility said the incident appeared to be a protest-related action (USA Today, 2012)

Title: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Linked To Nuclear Technology Smuggling Ring - FBI Files
Date: July 28, 2012
Source:
PR Newswire

Abstract: The following is being released by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy -- The FBI partially declassified and released files linking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a nuclear technology smuggling ring that targeted the United States.  The declassified files are now publicly available online at 
http://www.IRmep.org/ila/krytons/06272012_milco_mdr.pdf

FBI agents interviewed indicted American smuggler Richard Kelly Smyth on April 16-17, 2002, at the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. The secret interview report details how during trips to Israel Smyth's handler placed him in contact with Benjamin Netanyahu at Heli Trading Company. The FBI report suggests that "Smyth and [Netanyahu] would meet in restaurants in Tel Aviv and in [Netanyahu's] home and/or business. It was not uncommon for [Netanyahu] to ask Smyth for unclassified material."

Smyth was indicted in the mid-1980s for smuggling 800 dual use "krytrons" without proper export licenses through a multi-front company network.  Smyth fled the U.S. and lived abroad, supported by unknown means, until he was captured by Interpol and returned to the U.S. in 2001.  He was convicted in 2002.

During the 2002 Smyth counterintelligence debriefing, the FBI learned that the Israeli Ministry of Defense ordered and paid an Israeli company called Heli Trading for krytrons. Heli in turn sourced them from California-based MILCO in a clandestine operation codenamed "Project Pinto." The report reveals how MILCO illegally shipped other prohibited military articles under general Commerce Department export licenses rather than smuggling them out via Israeli diplomatic pouches.

Released on the Internet on July 4, 2012, the files have been the subject of reporting in the Israeli press, including Israeli National NewsMa'ariv and The Marker.  Some U.S. alternative media also explored the implications of the formerly secret files including Antiwar.comTikkun Olam,  Mondoweiss and CounterPunch.  WBAI radio and the Scott Horton Show have hosted interviews. 

Although the FBI report has now been sent to the New York Times, Washington Post, all members of Congress and United Nations members, no top-tier establishment news coverage, Congressional or UN investigations have been made public.  On Friday, National Public Radio syndicated host Diane Rehm immediately disconnected IRmep Research Director Grant F. Smith when he asked her reporter roundtable to assess the implications of the Netanyahu espionage ring.  An audio clip of the brief exchange is available at: http://www.IRmep.org/NPR.mp3 (PR Newswire, 2012).

Title: U.S. Nuclear Bomb Facility Shut After Security Breach
Date: August 2, 2012
Source: 
Reuters

Abstract: The U.S. government's only facility for handling, processing and storing weapons-grade uranium has been temporarily shut after anti-nuclear activists, including an 82-year-old nun, breached security fences, government officials said on Thursday.

WSI Oak Ridge, the contractor responsible for protecting the facility at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is owned by the international security firm G4S, which was at the center of a dispute over security at the London Olympic Games.

Officials said the facility was shut down on Wednesday at least until next week after three activists cut through perimeter fences to reach the outer wall of a building where highly enriched uranium, a key nuclear bomb component, is stored.

The activists painted slogans and threw what they said was human blood on the wall of the facility, one of numerous buildings in the facility known by the code name Y-12 that it was given during World War Two, officials said.

While moving between the perimeter fences, the activists triggered sensors that alerted security personnel. But officials conceded the intruders were still able to reach the building's walls before security personnel got to them.

Ellen Barfield, a spokeswoman for the activists who called themselves "Transform Now Plowshares," said three were arrested and charged with vandalism and criminal trespass.

She said the three, identified as Megan Rice, 82, Michael Walli, 63 and Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, were being held in custody and appeared for a hearing before a U.S. magistrate judge in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Thursday.

A detention hearing is set for Friday afternoon, when prosecutors must show the defendants are a flight risk and a danger to the community in order to keep them in custody, according to court officials. The trial date is October 9.

Barfield forwarded a statement from the group in which it said the activists had passed through four fences and walked for "over two hours" before reaching the uranium storage building, on which they hung banners and strung crime-scene tape.

Ralph Hutchinson, coordinator for the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, said the group's intention was not to demonstrate the lack of security at the plant, but to take a stance against the making of nuclear weapons.

"It wasn't so they could show how easy it was to bust into this bomb plant, it was because the production of nuclear weapons violates everything that is moral and good," Hutchinson said. "It is a war crime."

Nuclear Materials 'Not Compromised'
Officials said that the storage building itself, which was built after the September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington, was designed with modern security features and that its contents were not compromised.

WSI Oak Ridge, the private firm employed by the U.S. Department of Energy to provide security at Y-12, is a subsidiary of the giant international security firm G4S.

G4S drew criticism for failing to provide the number of security personnel it promised to protect the London Olympic Games, forcing the British government to deploy extra army troops.

A spokeswoman for G4S declined to comment and referred inquiries to government spokespeople.

The security failure was an embarrassment both for the security firm and for the National Nuclear Security Administration, or NNSA, the Energy Department branch that operates U.S. nuclear weapons plants. "It was obviously a pretty serious incident," NNSA spokesman Joshua McConaha told Reuters.

"We're taking this very, very seriously," added Steve Wyatt, a spokesman for the NNSA office in Oak Ridge, which supervises the activities of Y-12 contractors.

The NNSA officials said the activists cut through two chain-link fences surrounding the sprawling facility and a third fence surrounding the ultra-secure enriched uranium stockpile building, known as the "Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility."

Wyatt said the building served as the U.S. government's only "warehouse" for storing highly enriched uranium used in nuclear weapons.

Highly enriched uranium is a radioactive material used in the core of bombs to produce a nuclear detonation. The Oak Ridge plant is one of the most important government installations involved in the maintenance and production of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Incident Revealed Nuclear Risks 
Although the security breach occurred overnight last Friday, officials confirmed that the shutdown - which applies to "all nuclear operations" at the Y-12 site - did not begin until Wednesday. Officials said it was expected to continue into next week.

In the meantime, personnel at the facility would be given additional security training.

Peter Stockton, a former congressional investigator and security consultant to the Energy Department, expressed skepticism at government assertions the nuclear material was not at risk.

"It is unbelievable this could happen," Stockton said. "The significance is outrageous. If they were terrorists, they could have blown open the door and got inside."

Stockton said the security breach was the "worst we've ever seen." He said it was more serious than the case of Wen Ho Lee, a Taiwan-born scientist who was suspected of espionage at the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory. He pleaded guilty in 2000 to a less severe charge when the case against him collapsed (Reuters, 2012).

Title: Guard Alleges Security Lapses At Indian Point
Date: September 15, 2012
Source: 
MyFox New York

Abstract: Clifton "Skip" Travis is a security supervisor at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. He is on personal leave from work for stress.

In five years he rose from guard to a lieutenant ranking supervisor. He adamantly insists that to save money, Indian Point's security is so bad terrorists could take over the facility.

Travis, who has never been in the military or full-time law enforcement, said that some guards sleep on the job, others play video games, though the majority he calls "hard working and honest.

He said he told many officials of the alleged security failings at Indian Point without much response.

For that reason, he said he filed a $1.5 billion lawsuit against Entergy enterprises, the owner and operator of Indian Point. 

Entergy counters that the security is working and been approved by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Individual instances of sleeping on the job or playing video games are not denied.

The three-judge panel that will hold public hearings on the re-licensing of the Indian Point Nuclear Power plant is expected to hear about the safety of removing radioactive waste form the facility. Security will probably be discussed as well (MyFox New York, 2012)

Title: Switzerland Court Finds 3 Swiss Engineers Guilty Of Aiding Nuclear Ring
Date: September 25, 2012
Source: Fox News

Abstract: A court in Switzerland has found three Swiss engineers guilty of helping an international nuclear smuggling ring that supplied material and know-how to rogue states such as Muammar Qaddafi's Libya.

The Swiss Federal Criminal Court on Tuesday accepted the men's guilty pleas as part of a deal with prosecutors under which they will avoid further prison time but pay fines and legal costs.

Federal prosecutors said Urs Tinner, 46; his brother Marco, 43; and their 74-year-old father, Friedrich, had aided the nuclear smuggling network of Abdul Qadeer Khan between the late 1990s and 2003.

Prosecutors said the fact that the Tinners had cooperated with U.S. intelligence and thereby helped dismantle Khan's network counted in their favor. Khan is considered the architect of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program (Fox News, 2012)

Title: Security Company Fired Following Break-In At Tennessee Nuke Plant
Date: October 1, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract:  The security contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee has been fired after authorities say three activists cut through fences this summer and vandalized a building.

The contractor, WSI Oak Ridge, was criticized after the protesters -- including an 82-year-old nun -- broke into the plant in July. The anti-nuclear activists cut through fences and defaced a building that stored the plant's uranium.

B&W Y-12, the managing contractor at the plant, will take over security for the next several weeks.

WSI Oak Ridge is a subsidiary of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.-based G4S Government Solutions Inc., formerly known as Wackenhut.

After the intrusion, top officials at WSI and B&W were removed from their positions (Fox News, 2012)