Modal close

Hi there,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free daily news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines, or our in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. You need news that isn't being paid for by campaigns or corporations. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How? This model of news depends on your support. Right now, every new monthly sustaining donation to Democracy Now! will be tripled by a generous supporter. That means if you can give just $4 a month, Democracy Now! gets $12 today.  Pretty amazing right? If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, start your monthly contribution today. Thanks so much. -Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Donate

Nnsa, Los Alamos and Nuclear Safety

Default content image
Listen
Media Options
Listen

Spurred by another security breach at the Los Alamos weapons lab, the Senate swiftly confirmed the No. 2 man at the CIA to head a new nuclear weapons agency within the Energy Department-the National Nuclear Security Administration or NNSA.

Air Force General John A. Gordon, who is now deputy CIA director, won unanimous confirmation yesterday after his nomination had been held up for months. The vote was 97-0. The disappearance of nuclear secrets from a vault at the Los Alamos weapons lab in New Mexico has prompted a criminal investigation and unleashed another torrent of criticism about security at the Energy Department, leaving the Clinton administration scrambling to contain the political fallout.

Senior Energy Department officials told a Senate hearing that the FBI has taken over what now is a criminal investigation and that some scientists — members of a special nuclear emergency response team — were to begin taking polygraph tests yesterday as authorities try to find out what happened to the secrets contained in two computer hard drives.

As the vote was taken on Gordon’s nomination, senators at a hearing lashed out at Energy Secretary Bill Richardson. He sent his senior advisers but did not appear for the hearing to explain the latest security problem involving his department.

Guests:

  • Ian Hoffman, a reporter for the Albuquerque Journal in New Mexico.
  • Ronald Takaki, professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California Berkeley. A third generation American of Japanese heritage, he is the author of a number of books, including the recently published ??Double Victory: A Multicultural History of America in World War II (Little, Brown & Company, 2000).
  • Dr. Manuel Garcia, a Physicist at Lawrence Livermore Laboratories in California. He is a member of Lab Employees for Freeing Wen Ho Lee.

Related link:

??
??
??

????
??

Related Story

Video squareStorySep 18, 2018Intercept Report Reveals Senate Ignored Federal Court Employees Willing to Testify Against Kavanaugh
The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Up arrowTop