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Fired Y-12 guard said he's scapegoat for security breach
Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | August 24, 2012 | Frank Munger

Posted on 08/25/2012 4:33:42 AM PDT by don-o

A security police officer said he was fired because he apparently wasn't rough enough with protesters during the July 28 predawn break-in at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge.

Fifty-two-year-old Kirk Garland, who has decades of experience at high-security U.S. Department of Energy installations, said he's being used as a scapegoat for an embarrassing breach that was not of his doing.

"I just think it's ridiculous that I was the one that was fired," he said.

In a telephone interview Friday from his Lake City home, Garland confirmed that he was the first security officer to arrive at the scene outside the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility, where he encountered the three Plowshares protesters.

He said he did not pull his gun or take other physical actions immediately because that wasn't necessary. He said he quickly established they were pacifist protesters, in part because of the messages spray-painted on the walls, and they obeyed everything he said. While watching the three, who he said were reading from the Bible, Garland said he called for help. He said he was the only guard at the scene for about four minutes.

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Full article has details of how three amateurs breached security, which is the big story.

Firing only the one guard is outrageous. If firings are in order, seems like more that one qualifies.

1 posted on 08/25/2012 4:33:50 AM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

Well, the head of Y12 resigned a week after the incident. They might not be firing folks, but they are taking it very serious.


2 posted on 08/25/2012 4:51:11 AM PDT by HangThemHigh (Entropy's not what it used to be.)
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To: don-o

One of the protestors is an 82-year old Catholic nun.


3 posted on 08/25/2012 7:27:50 AM PDT by BigBobber
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other than divine intervention, kinda makes you wonder what kind of security that can be defeated by an 82 year old woman...
4 posted on 08/25/2012 12:01:03 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode
other than divine intervention, kinda makes you wonder what kind of security that can be defeated by an 82 year old woman...

Well, I'm not sure that I'd rule out divine intervention. She was a nun after all...

5 posted on 08/25/2012 12:07:18 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Bob
i see you got my point... 8^)
6 posted on 08/25/2012 12:14:34 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: don-o

Must have changed the rules a lot! Used to be inside the perimeter=dead, shoot on sight....


7 posted on 08/25/2012 12:43:56 PM PDT by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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