THE LOS ALAMOS FIRE BLACK BAG OPERATION.
Cavaet: The Department of Justice and FBI will disprove all theories contained herein in good time no matter what it takes.
The Scene of the crime: The hard drives were stored in locked containers inside a vault in the nuclear weapons division of the national laboratory. Officials reported that the hard drives were missing on June 1 after officials went to search for them following the forest fires in the area. The containers remained in the vault, but the hard drives were gone.
The operation. A Big Fire occurred (by Act of God). Everyone was evacuated. Only a few guards were left. A black bag job occurred. Someone took the the Crown Jewels. Whoever has the hard drives has America in the black bag.
Who committed the crime? Someone who had inside information. Someone who let the smoke from the fire get to the area of the vault.
The Evidence: Aren't there surveillance tapes of the vault?
ANTA FE, N.M., May 15 -- Throughout the 11-day-old fire that has swept through the pine forests around Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico, the lab's computer system has remained up and running -- providing an eerie but comforting virtual presence for scientists exiled from their research. Everyday they have been able to sign on to the system to exchange e-mail messages, download unclassified files for work and reassure themselves that the lab is still there.
"That's the sign that things are O.K.," said Dr. Luis Bettencourt, a physicist who, displaced from his office, has been working from his home in Santa Fe. "I just hope the fire doesn't get worse over there in the next few days -- the winds are picking up," he said. Dr. Bettencourt said he worried about losing some files because he could not download everything. "But that is really nothing compared to the people who have lost their homes."
Little can be more wrenching than evacuating one's neighborhood not knowing if it will remain. Many of the scientists who have been forced by the Cerro Grande fire to flee Los Alamos face being refugees from their second homes: the laboratories and offices where they study cosmology, particle physics, immunology and other areas of research unrelated to weapons design.
When Dr. Wojciech H. Zurek, an expert on quantum mechanics, evacuated his home, one of the first things he grabbed was his Powerbook. "Over the last couple of years, I've ended up relying more and more on it and less on the laboratory computer system, which has become so secure that it is harder and harder to access files remotely," he said.
One graduate student, afraid for his data, rushed to his office shortly after the fire began and, ignoring rules requiring a property removal form, grabbed his computer and took it home. "He just took the law into his own hands," said his supervisor, Dr. Catherine Macken, a theoretical biologist.
"He said, 'I need my computer; my life's work is on it.' " She said that under the circumstances she was sure there would be no disciplinary action.
Others were less successful as they tried to rescue data. "I was and still am anxious about data, books, papers, etc.
-- essentially my scientific heritage for the last 25 years," said Dr. Alan Perelson, a Los Alamos scientist who uses computer simulations of the immune system to study the AIDS virus. Dr. Perelson, who also has an office at the Santa Fe Institute, a nonprofit, multidisciplinary research and education center, said he spent an afternoon downloading information off the Los Alamos computers. Because of security reasons, however, he could not access all the files.
But that was the least of his worries. "What is most difficult is trying to find out where people are," Dr. Perelson said.
"Work has almost ground to a standstill, not only because of lack of access to labs and computers, but because we are all concerned with the news and our friends and neighbors."
Like many Santa Fe scientists, Dr. Perelson has been housing displaced colleagues. "I am currently housing two full families plus one lab visitor (10 people in all) as well as pets (3 cats, 1 dog); so things are chaotic and communal at my house," he wrote in an e-mail message.
Just as people have opened their homes to friends, so has the Santa Fe Institute opened its computers, providing a kind of laboratory in exile for scientists who feel they must work even in such distressing times.
"We had said early on that anybody who wants to show up should feel free to do so," said Dr. Erica Jen, a research professor at the institute. A conference room has been turned into a computer lab. Other Los Alamos scientists -- 10 to 15 were expected today -- are using some of the empty desks.
Dr. Stirling Colgate came in over the weekend, talking himself past a security guard "by saying, 'I'm a physicist from Los Alamos,' and making it sound convincing." Today he was transferring some files from Los Alamos and preparing to meet with a postdoctoral student from Pakistan about an astrophysics project. "This is my lifeline to continue my work," he said.
For many theorists, their laboratories are as portable as their laptops. Dr. Christian Forst, a biologist at the lab who uses computer models to study microbial genomes, said: "I have an advantage compared to all the experimenters I collaborate with. They can just sit and read some papers but I can at least do something."
Dr. Hans Frauenfelder, director of Los Alamos's Center for Nonlinear Studies, was worried that he would have to cancel his division's 20th annual conference early next month. Gathering at his home in Santa Fe today, he and some colleagues decided that, one way or the other, the conference would go on.
But there was another reason for the meeting, Dr. Frauenfelder said: "People should feel that life is continuing and that we really care."
THE TIME-LINE WHICH TRIPS UP THE CONSPIRATORS.
The following time-line and information is from:
http://www.alamo-girl.com © 2000
In 1995, the same year Clinton announced his nuclear test ban, O'Leary relaxed security at the nation's three nuclear weapons labs - Los Alamos in New Mexico, Lawrence Livermore in California, and Sandia, which runs sites in both New Mexico and California. She opened up once-secure areas to foreign visitors, trimming the number of guards. She also loosened background checks on visitors and workers, and eased controls over classified papers. As a result, thousands of foreigners flocked to the labs. 'Some of them were given access not just on a visiting basis,'' Gaffney said, ''but allowed to work there.'' The foreign traffic alarmed Congress. A 1997 GAO review concluded that Energy ''needs to improve controls over foreign visitors to weapons laboratories.'' Energy's own security bureaucrats raised warnings. In a classified 1998 report, Office of Counterintelligence Director Edward Curran found ''weaknesses in the foreign visits and assignments program'' at the labs. 4/9/99 Paul Sperry Investor's Business Daily
Washington Post 3/7/99 Walter Pincus Page A19 “…After President Clinton and his national security advisers were briefed about the alleged espionage in 1997, new internal security programs were ordered. Under a Presidential Decision Directive, PDD-61, approved in February 1998, the Department of Energy (DOE) instituted tougher security regulations for the national nuclear laboratories and brought in Edward J. Curran, a former top FBI agent, to head its office of counterintelligence. Curran has hired former FBI officials to run security at DOE installations….The initial recommendations of the panel, released in January , called for implementing PDD-61 "on an expedited basis" and required the administration to conduct a comprehensive damage assessment of the possible losses from Chinese nuclear spying….”
AP 3/10/99 “…Briefed in 1996 about possible espionage at the Los Alamos laboratory, top White House national security officials did not determine until almost a year later there were ``serious problems'' requiring changes at the nuclear weapons labs, officials acknowledge. It was not until early 1998 that the concerns led to a presidential directive to raise security and hire more counterintelligence experts at the federal labs holding America's top nuclear secrets. Sandy Berger, the president's national security adviser, said in an interview that he received first word in 1996 that China may have obtained critical nuclear warhead information from Los Alamos. But only after a more detailed briefing in July 1997 from the Energy Department were security problems involving China and the labs brought into sharp focus. ``I heard enough in the July '97 briefing to believe we had a serious problem,'' said Berger, now traveling with President Clinton in Latin America…. In February 1998, Clinton imposed new safeguards, including tighter security checks on foreign visitors to labs and the hiring of more counterintelligence personnel. The Energy Department brought in a former FBI agent, Edward J. Curran, to head a new counterintelligence office…”
New York Times 4/29/99 Eric Schmitt "...Senior lawmakers expressed outrage and frustration on Wednesday over the government's failure to monitor a scientist suspected of spying for China, who officials now say may have given away secrets to virtually every nuclear weapon in the U.S. arsenal. After a three-hour closed hearing, the Republican chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Frank Murkowski of Alaska, criticized witnesses from the Energy Department, CIA and FBI for not taking responsibility for lax security at Government laboratories..... The witnesses were two Energy Department officials, Notra Trulock, acting deputy director of intelligence, and Ed Curran, counterintelligence director; Robert Walpole, a senior CIA official, and Neil Gallagher, assistant director of the FBI national security division......."
Capitol Hill Blue 6/7/99 "....Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Shelby Sunday disputed an accusation by an energy department official that he had missed important nuclear security briefings. Energy Department Director of Counter-Intelligence Edward Curran said last Sunday that Congress had failed to allocate money to plug security holes, that Shelby never bothered to attend classified briefings about the problem and that Shelby's staff would not attend a CIA briefing on ``sensitive cases.'' Shelby acknowledged on NBC's ``Meet the Press'' program he had not met Curran on every occasion but said top Republican and Democratic committee staffers had attended the briefings. The Alabama Republican said Energy Secretary Bill Richardson called him last week and, while not directly apologizing for Curran's comments, ``indicated that it shouldn't have happened and it would never happen again.'' Calling Curran's comments ``off base,'' Shelby said Curran and Richardson were both expected to testify this week before his committee, which is examining lapses in U.S. nuclear security at the energy department that a congressional report says allowed China to obtain important secrets. ``But the main thing is we wish Mr. Curran well in his job,'' said Shelby. ``He's got a lot of experience and qualifications. I hope the pressure will not overwhelm him.'' ......Shelby disputed Richardson's assertion last week that the department's nuclear laboratories were now safe from unauthorized infiltration....."
***Media Research Center CyberAlert*** 6/30/99 Vol Four No 116 "...Maybe the Energy Department should hire FNC's Carl Cameron. Tuesday night he showed how he knew about testimony from a counter-intelligence agent that the agent's boss, the Energy Department's counter-intelligence chief, wasn't even aware of. And Cameron added unique TV play for a story on the wires Tuesday and in the Washington Times Wednesday about how a Defense official was transferred pending the outcome of a probe about how the supervisor improperly tried to access the computer files of a whistleblower testifying at that moment on Capitol Hill. In a piece featured on both Special Report with Brit Hume and the Fox Report, Cameron revealed what went on behind the scenes at a House Government Reform Committee hearing last week: "Inadvertently on Capitol Hill last week several lawmakers at a closed door meeting found themselves hearing new allegations of security breaches at Energy Department nuclear labs. Democrats and Republicans say the secret testimony of Energy Department counter-intelligence agent Bob Hensen (sp?) caught them completely off-guard. Lawmakers are mum on the classified details which sources say involve weapons labs, like Los Alamos, over the last five years and may have been part of China's nuclear espionage. "The Energy Department's top spy catcher, who admits security cannot be guaranteed, said he was unaware of his agent's testimony until Fox News told him." Ed Curran: "I'm surprised at your comment. As director of counter-intelligence I think I have a responsibility to know what was said in closed hearings. I have not been informed of Mr. Hensen's comments to anybody concerning security breaches in the past. I would certainly be more than interested in finding out though." Cameron went on to explain that when House members realized what Hansen would disclose he was removed from a panel of officials testifying about reprisals for their efforts to expose security shortcomings and stop dangerous technology transfers. This was the June 24 hearing that all but FNC ignored...."
CBS News 2/7/00 “….. en Ho Lee either passed -- or failed -- his first spy-related polygraph, depending upon who was interpreting the results. …….The FBI still wasn't close to making an arrest or even beginning an interrogation, but the DOE's head of counterintelligence, Ed Curran, was reluctant to leave Lee in his highly sensitive job in the lab's X-Division, so he ordered the polygraph test. FBI agents were standing by during the DOE test, ready to interrogate Lee if his polygraph answers proved to be deceptive. …..”
March 25, 1994
Chinese Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control Policies: Implications and Options for the United States Report for Congress, 94-422 S Robert Sutter “…Chinese nuclear arms control policies are designed to foster a positive international image and to encourage U.S., Russian and other arms control measures helpful to Chinese security, without substantially limiting China's ability to improve its comparatively poor strategic position vis-a-vis Washington and Moscow….”
March 25, 1996
Freeper Helen and Jolly “…Title 15 - COMMERCE AND FOREIGN TRADE Chapter VII - BUREAU OF EXPORT ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Part 742 - CONTROL POLICY, CCL BASED CONTROLS Sec. 742.4 National Security (a) License requirements. It is the policy of the United States to restrict the export and reexport of items that would make a significant contribution to the military potential of any other country or combination of countries that would prove detrimental to the national security of the United States. Accordingly, a license is required... [snip] (b)(7) For the People's Republic of China, the general licensing policy is to approve applications, except that those items that would make a direct and significant contribution to electronic and anti-submarine welfare, intelligence gathering, power projection, and air superiority receive extended review or denial. Each application will be considered individually. Items may be approved even though they may contribute to Chinese military development or the end-user or end-use is military….” Alamo-Girl note “appears to have been issued 3/25/96 for review … less than 2 weeks before Ron Brown’s plane crash”
UNDERMANNED AND UNSUPPORTED
ECHELON AND OTHER HIGH TECHNOLOGY
BEHIND THE TREASON ALLEGATIONS - TIMELINES:
BEHIND THE TREASON ALLEGATIONS - PEOPLE:
JANET RENO - DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
C. JOSEPH GIROIR, JR.
JAMES C. WOOD, JR.
THE CAST OF CHARACTERS
BEHIND THE TREASON ALLEGATIONS - EVENTS:
RED FLAGS PART 1
RED FLAGS PART 2
RED FLAGS PART 3
RED FLAGS PART 4
LAUNCH AND GUIDANCE
SHIPPING AND PORTS
SATELLITES AND COMMUNICATION