By Robert O'Harrow
The Washington Post
April 15, 2009
The Government Accountability Office is taking aim at continuing
problems with security at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a
significant proportion of which is provided by contractors.
The place has been bedeviled by questions about breaches in recent
years, some of them really over the top.
One year ago, a government commando team intent on testing the
facility's defense quickly overcame security forces. Here's what Time
magazine had to say at the time:
"The exercise highlighted a number of serious security shortcomings at
Livermore, sources say, including the failure of a hydraulic system
essential to operating an extremely lethal Gatling gun that protects the
facility. Experts contacted by TIME -- including congressional staff
from both parties informed of the episode, and experts personally
familiar with safeguards at Livermore -- all said that the test amounts
to an embarrassment to those responsible for securing the nation's
nuclear facilities, and that it required immediate steps to correct what
some called the most dangerous security weaknesses ever found at the
Since then, the lab has promised an array of initiatives to fix the
problems. But there are not enough measures in place to ensure those
efforts are successful, according to a Government Accountability Office
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