Skip to comments.Fired Y-12 guard said he's scapegoat for security breach
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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Firing only the one guard is outrageous. If firings are in order, seems like more that one qualifies.
Well, the head of Y12 resigned a week after the incident. They might not be firing folks, but they are taking it very serious.
One of the protestors is an 82-year old Catholic nun.
Well, I'm not sure that I'd rule out divine intervention. She was a nun after all...
Must have changed the rules a lot! Used to be inside the perimeter=dead, shoot on sight....