LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORIES NEWS. MURDER, LASERS, SECRECY AND PORN (2/18/00)
QUOTES OF THE DAY: "We are not getting the whole picture from the lab.'' Detective Charlie Garrison, Livermore, referring to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees, whom the police charge are stonewalling the investigation into the death of Lee Scott Hall.
"Is it [Lee's discovery of the design flaw in the 1.2 billion dollar project] connected to his death? I can't tell you for sure. . . . Maybe there are some things others above his co-workers don't want to be made public.'' Detective Charlie Garrison, Livermore.
"He's had a charmed life. Everywhere you look, there's something bizarre going on. I don't think I've had a case quite as convoluted as this. We just keep going round and round and round." Richard Klemmer, Assistant D.A. in Fremont, referring to Jonathan Michael Tampico, former laser scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, who possessed the largest child pornography collection ever discovered in the Bay Area. It stored in his Fremont locker.
THE LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY ISSUED AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT AT A MEETING OF ALL EMPLOYEES (2/16/00) THAT THE LAB KNOWS OF NO CONNECTION BETWEEN THE MURDER OF SCIENTIST LEE SCOTT HALL AND THE NATIONAL IGNITION FACILITY (EVEN THOUGH THE MURDER INVESTIGATION HAS NOT BEEN CONCLUDED.)
On February 16, 2000, the Lab issued the following news release:
"MEDIA STATEMENT: LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY STATEMENT ON LEE HALL INVESTIGATION
During the past few days, there have been a number of media inquiries on the possible connection between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the National Ignition Facility and the death in October 1999 of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employee Lee Hall.
The Hall murder is a police investigation. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is cooperating fully with all law enforcement agencies involved in the issue. However, it is our understanding that there are a number of theories or personal scenarios that could have led to Mr. Hall's death. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory management knows of no connection between Mr. Hall's death and his work on the National Ignition Facility.
Mr. Hall was a dedicated employee who was well liked by his peers, and his managers. His work on NIF involved the mechanical layout of the laser beams - an unclassified project. When a problem surfaced in the laser beam alignment, Mr. Hall was one of a number of individuals who teamed to identify, quantify and resolve the issue.
Mr. Hall's murder was a terrible crime. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory joins the Livermore Police Department and other agencies involved in the investigation in hoping for a resolution.
Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory, with a mission to ensure national security and apply science and technology to the important issues of our time. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy."
NEWSMAKINGNEWS asks, "Why is the Lab in its deniability mode so soon?"
Senior design scientist, Lee Scott Hall, 54, was beaten and repeatedly stabbed to death in the bedroom of his Livermore home on October 20, 1999. Hall was a lead designer at the $1.2 billion National Ignition Facility (NIL). The NIL when competed will monitor the nation's nuclear stockpile and render underground nuclear testing obsolete.
``We're building the (laser) beam paths that go into the target chambers,'' said Richard Foley, the project engineer and Hall's boss. In 1998 Hall found a 5-degree error in the rotation of one of the 192 laser beam paths that go into the target chambers. Lab employees debated the whether the error would affect the project. Eventually Hall was even blamed for the error he had uncovered.
Finally, in mid-September 1999, Hall was determined to have been correct in his analysis. The Lab decided it had to fix the problem. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson was informed that delays and costs could reach $350 million. Richardson was enraged that he had not been told of the problem earlier. In June 1999, Richardson came to Livermore for a gala celebration of the progress of the super laser, and was told the project was within budget and on time. Richardson ordered an investigation regarding why he was not informed about errors in the project. The General Accounting Office is also investigating. Approximately one month after Richardson was informed, the lab designer Lee who discovered the flaws which caused the multimillion dollar problem was found murdered in Livermore.
Some Lab employees have refused polygraph tests regarding Lee's murder. Some Lab employees are carefully answering only the questions they must answer regarding Lee. The Lab denies it is stonewalling the murder investigation.
TAMPICO, 50, SENT UP THE RIVER FOR 30 YEARS FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. TAMPICO, A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF THE LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY, WORKED ON TOP SECRET LASER PROJECTS SUCH AS STAR WARS.
On Monday (2/14/00) a federal judge in Texas sentenced Jonathan Michael Tampico, a former high-level laser scientist at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, to 30 years in federal prison for using the Internet to procure and distribute child pornography in Texas.
Tampico still faces charges in Alameda County regarding his pornography collection found in his former Fremont home and his storage locker. It is the largest collection of child pornography ever discovered in Northern California.
Tampico was convicted in 1990 of molesting a 10-year-old Livermore boy. Former Alameda Deputy D.A. Kenneth Burr (promoted in 1999 to Alameda Superior Court Judge, in the Family Law Department) arranged for an easy plea bargain for Tampico, who served only two years for molesting the Livermore boy. Tampico pled to only one count--Count 9. Click here to see the abstract of judgment. It appears Mr. Burr dropped the other ten counts. (Mr. Burr also prosecuted the so-called murderer of Bib Lee of Berkeley. After the conviction of a UC student was obtained by the use of fantasy confessions, a serial rapist/killer subsequently imprisoned in Washington State, was connected to the murder. Burr refused to investigate this connection.)
When released from prison in 1992, Tampico tried to move to Washington state, but was run out of town. Tampico then moved back to Fremont.
In September 1995, Tampico was arrested and jailed in Fremont on parole violations. But one day before Fremont police served a search warrant regarding child pornography found in Tampico's Warm Springs storage locker, Tampico was released by his jailers.
And what was the in Tampico's locker? Police found "thousands and thousands and thousands" of photographs, some dating back to the 1950s, videotapes and computer- generated material. The pictures depicted children - some as young as 3 - engaging in sex acts with each other and with adults. Most of the adults in the pictures wore masks or hid their faces. Police said there were pictures of 100,000 different child victims from around the world in Tampico's locker.
Because of the so-called "mistake", Tampico fled Fremont, before the police seized his collection, and went to Thailand. Tampico is a member of the North American Man-Boy Love Association, which advocates legalizing sex between adults and children. In the 1980's, Tampico ran a Thai "orphanage" catering to pedophiles world-wide.
In 1997, Tampico was captured in College Station Texas, and arrested on an Alameda County warrant for possession of child pornography found in his Warm Springs locker. However, through a clerical error, which occurred in Alameda County, he was mistakenly released from jail. Tampico fled again. In July 1998 after America's Most Wanted featured Tampico, he was found at his College Station home and arrested.
Tampico currently faces pornography charges in Alameda County. Given that Tampico can't be released from prison until he is age 80 because of the Texas federal conviction, Alameda County's case against Tampico seems moot, late and futile. It took a federal court in Texas to achieve what Thomas Orloff, Alameda County D.A. could not achieve--a capture, an arrest and a conviction. In the meantime Tampico ran free and harmed children for six years because of the Alameda County District Attorney's "mistakes" and policy of lenient plea bargaining for local pedophiles.
Perhaps, during the Alameda County trial of Tampico, the issue of the identities of the specific children portrayed in Tampico's pornography collection, will be explored? Perhaps the true identities of the masked men shown in the pictures will be revealed?