OIG: 6,400 Foreigners Had Access to Nuclear Lab’s Restricted Areas

Alissa Tabirian, CNS News, October 7, 2013

As many as 6,400 foreign visitors from China, India, Egypt, Pakistan, and other countries were allowed “unaccompanied access to numerous buildings” at a nuclear lab in Tennessee that is “the nation’s central repository for bomb-grade uranium” and is currently working on a $10 billion project to refurbish hundreds of aging B61 “bunker buster” bombs.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) also conducts sensitive research on drones and early warning systems to detect chemical and biological warfare, according to an Office of Inspector General report released last month.

Each visiting foreigner is given a site-specific individual security plan that lays out in detail where they may go accompanied by their American host. But “7 of the 16 hosts we interviewed did not maintain contact with foreign nationals during their entire stay,” the OIG reported, warning that “these issues have the potential to increase Oak Ridge’s security risk that sensitive information and national security assets could potentially be lost or compromised.”

“There was no assurance that hosts appropriately monitored foreign nationals’ activities as required,” the report added. Some who were given free rein in the nuclear facility had not even been checked against The Department of Energy’s Foreign Access Central Tracking System (FACTS) prior to their arrival in the U.S.

Although the audit did not find any instances in which “scientific information was inappropriately obtained by a foreign national, the risk that these events could occur is higher than acceptable because of the weaknesses in Oak Ridge’s program,” the OIG report said. {snip}

A spokesperson for ORNL, which is run by DOE, told CNSNews that “the official number of foreign visitors approved to visit ORNL in calendar year 2012 was 7,706.” Most of the visitors were from China (1,760), India (784), and Japan (517). Another 45 came from Egypt, 14 were from Pakistan, and 11 from Saudi Arabia.


American hosts reported that they were uncomfortable being responsible for foreign nationals they were unable to monitor or even maintain daily contact with. However, they were told by Oak Ridge managers that “performing host functions were required as part of their position,” auditors reported.

The IG report “identified two hosts who had 185 separate foreign nationals assigned to them in fiscal year 2011. In one example, a host was assigned 46 foreign nationals during a single visit,” adding that “the hosts did not monitor” their activities. In another case, “a foreign national arrived and departed while the host was absent from Oak Ridge.”

Not all of the lab’s 300 buildings are accessible to visitors, two-thirds of whom are researchers. Other visitors coordinate meetings and tech transfers, and are responsible for “mission support services such as equipment installation or repairs.”

However, “hosts informed us that foreign nationals had been provided access to approximately 20 buildings, some with 24-hour access, for over 2 years,” the audit revealed. Moreover, “only 8 of 1,400 trained hosts had been audited” since 2011 in accordance with the Oak Ridge Host Audit Program.



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  • Feh? What’s the problem? Isn’t our diversity our strength? Aren’t the races equal?

    Why is the Yankee government so worried about these equal-as-everyone-else raceless individuals trolling around our nuclear secrets? When they’re perfectly content to allow them to immigrate right on into the country.

    • Romulus

      You took the words out of my mouth. Well done.

  • bigone4u

    It’s an open secret that the Chinese send only their best and brightest to the USA with orders to collect as much data as possible, which is then analyzed by teams back in China. This means that there are TRAITORS in our government, labs, think tanks, and universities. Senator Joseph McCarthy had it right. We need someone like him today to name names and start criminal prosecutions. We also need to send the slant eyes back home ASAP.

    • So CAL Snowman

      In terms of spying, China doesn’t hold a candle to a little country in the middle east.

    • D.B. Cooper

      It starts with sending weakling republicans to the unemployment line. Get all of your liberals into one political party first.

    • Romulus

      The bulk of the NSA espionage workload is combating Chinese hackers,who average 5000 hacks a year. Does it make any sense at all to parade them through our facilities? I think not!!!

    • Jesse James

      Revisionist historians believe that Senator McCarthy UNDERESTIMATED the number of communists holding positions in the Federal government and in our educational and media institutions.

  • Spartacus

    I notice some of those countries are muslim… That sounds like a good idea, letting muslims around nuclear labs . Why would anyone think it’s a bad idea ?

    • mgs166

      It’s part of the usurpers muslim outreach program. You know, just like NASA.

    • Sick of it

      And allowing them around reservoirs in the dead of night because they’re “water quality specialists”…

  • Extropico

    TPTB would counter that sales of degrees to foreigners is a financial benefit that reduces the overall current account deficit.

    • Stentorian_Commentator

      I say we limit student visas to exchange type situations where we let in a foreign person from a country for every U.S. person who is granted a visa to study in that same country. That ought to tamp down the riff raff. Also, it might force the universities to realize that the reason Americans founded them and subsidize them is for them to educate Americans, not foreigners. Even if they’re not the best in the world, we should be educating the best of the American rest.

      • Extropico

        I’d like to see a requirement that for every visa student who stays here for employment, there must be a similar opening in the respective foreign nation for an American willing to work. I can just imagine Americatowns being formed in Asia’s major cities.

  • APaige

    And I have to take my shoes off to fly on a plane.

  • D.B. Cooper

    I’ll give Alissa Tabirian credit. I skimmed over a couple of her articles, including ICE Released 2,837 Convicted Alien Sex Offenders to Comply With Supreme Court Ruling. She is willing to talk about things the GOP is too afraid to, including this incident.

    • Sick of it

      She’s Armenian.

  • joesolargenius

    l Lived in Asia in the early seventies and can tell you for a fact that they don’t love America, they just want to screw it out of whatever they can get !

  • IKantunderstand

    Once the One Worlders have their way, it will matter not. We will all be one! Imagine: no borders! no conflicts! no religion! no anything to separate us! Stupid people will be revered, along with ugly people; people with musical talent, considered the same as the tone deaf. Muslims, of course, will see the benefits of atheism. All the worlds treasures will be protected, and respected. There will be no more graffiti. All will be equal. And, everyone will stop what they are doing to sing on some specified day, maybe Wednesday, a rousing rendition of “Kumbaya”. As the world comes together, grape kool aid will be served as part of the New World Order sacrament, along with, tortillas as the “body” of human equality. Yup. No problem pulling this off. Rebel now.

  • My ex-father did pretty much everything, including what amounts to a nuclear shaped charge. I could read his calculations when I when I was 12; he worked summers at Los Alamos back then. I will never reveal anything to anyone.

    • Xanthippe2

      I think anti-White projects/activities should be revealed. But it could be your father was never assigned to any. There does seem to be at least an effort to assign people where they are morally comfortable. Needless to say there are those with little interest in America, let alone the White race. Things also change over the years.

  • Sick of it

    Nuclear facilities on college campuses are often open to Indian and Chinese grad students.

  • Xanthippe2

    I’m pretty sure the Chinese already know what there is to know about nuclear weapons. But ask someone at LANL if they work with nuclear weapons and they will often giggle (like you asked them where their car’s crank shaft is) and say, “no, I work with the dangerous stuff.” And, yep, they are total libs who think it is “racist” to think a Chinese person would be a spy just because they are Chinese. These aren’t people at the very top levels, just regular employees. But looking at the country in general doesn’t give me a great deal of confidence with the folks at the top levels either — although they are perhaps not so naive.

  • Jesse James

    There aren’t any “foreigners” in Amerika anymore, just future Democratic voters.

  • Jesse James

    My prediction is that as our fiat currency fails and the dollar has a massive devaluation through out of control money production and unserviceable debt limits that the US government will be forced to give territorial concessions to China. The reason I think this is a probability is based on two factors: 1) It is impossible to stop the train wreck of the American economy because our political system has no incentive to stop the massive deficit spending and even if they did unfunded and politically uncontrollable financial commitments to government pensions, disability, SSA, Medicare and the whole host of entitlement programs mean that at some point, inevitably the cost of servicing our national debt will exceed any possible tax income. 2) The Chinese are a proud people with a deep sense of history. The Han have not forgotten the humiliation they suffered at the hands of the European powers including Western control of numerous territorial concessions. Sooner or later they will demand payment and some of the currency they demand will be in the form of national pride.

  • Hunter Morrow

    How many sayanim had access?

  • fuzzypook

    I once talked to an artist at an art fair who told me that Chinese will come around their booths and take pictures of their art. The purpose is to go back to China and copy then mass produce the artists creation.