Today, for instance, LANL acknowledged that two employees were exposed to dangerous radiation while preparing a science experiment. And the Associated Press reports that another LANL employee not only spread a radioactive contaminant to his home and locations in Colorado and Kansas, he also mailed a contaminated package to a lab in Pennsylvania.
Just one year ago, the supposed disappearance of classified defense secrets on portable floppies led to a general lockdown that later turned out to be a multimillion-dollar mistake (see Los Alamos Disks May Not Be Lost). As year 2005 unfolded, LANL's third director in three years resigned to take another job; two employees were put on leave pending investigation into claims of fraudulent purchases; and a LANL auditor who acted as a whistleblower was beaten in a shady rendezvous at a strip bar in Albuquerque.
Sometimes technology isn't the answer.