“But Department of Energy report says nothing was compromised.” And we aren’t told where these illegal immigrants were from, or why they might have been wanting to use false documents to get into the site. No doubt these were not jihadists but just undocumented Irishmen on a prank, so this is a story about lax security: what is to prevent jihadists from doing this? Sure, now security is tighter. It was supposed to be tight to begin with. From CNN, :
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sixteen illegal immigrants gained access last year to one of the most sensitive weapons sites in the country, according to a report issued Monday by the Department of Energy’s inspector general.
The inspector general’s investigation found the illegal immigrants were construction workers on jobs at the Y-12 National Security Complex near Knoxville, Tennessee.
The workers used “false documents” and “gained access to the … site on multiple occasions,” the report said.
The report details how the workers, apparently using fake green cards, were able to obtain access badges.
“This situation represented a potentially serious access control and security problem,” the report said.
According to the report, the inquiry brought field agents to the plant who found “official use only” documents “lying unprotected in a construction trailer, which was accessed by the foreign construction workers.”
The National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees nuclear weapons facilities for the Energy Department, said in the report no evidence was found that the workers had access to any of those documents.
The inspector general, Gregory Friedman, also found that although security was compromised, access controls at the plant have since been tightened.
And he found no evidence that classified or sensitive information was compromised.