archive-org.com » ORG » L » LASG.ORG

Total: 881

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • True Scientists Seek Truth
    National Laboratory he meant something serious I guess I m being stuffy in the sense that I m making a distinction between a true scientist in terms of motivation and these people who work in technical fields he explained one day There was nothing wrong with being a technician a technologist or an engineer Manley himself began as a student of engineering For the scientists at Los Alamos he thought research had become routinized Tied to the imperatives of the military it was only a shadow of what it would be were the government s programmatic constraints removed True scientists seek truth not better toothbrushes That may seem harsh Manley conceded but so be it He proposed a simple test If someone claiming to be a scientist concerns himself with the moral and political significance of his work at a weapons lab that means the arms race he passes the test If he slights the issue he fails as a scientist Choosing his words with care Manley said My impression and that s all it is of course is that there are far too few scientists now and let s distinguish them from engineers and technicians who are really and genuinely deeply concerned about these questions Well the list is almost clear You can take the sponsors of the Federation of American Scientists or the Union of Concerned Scientists and there you have it Let me just be unfair in a way probably by saying that it seems to me that the most responsible and deeply I ll even use the word human scientists that I know of are the ones who are concerned about these questions he said deliberately And there are many who are not Those who don t consider such questions are not people I like very

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/LifeAtTheLabs/scientists.htm (2016-02-16)
    Open archived version from archive


  • Glimpses of Lab Life
    of Nuclear Deterrence International Law Nuclear Weapons Wasting the Future Environment Safety Laboratory Management Independent Studies Religious Perspectives on Nuclear Weapons Laboratory Cultures Glimpses of Lab Life Shaping Employee Identity On the Origins of the Relationship between Military and Universities

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/LifeAtTheLabs/culture.htm (2016-02-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • polygraph tests & other security woes
    Cultures Glimpses of Lab Life Polygraph Tests Other Security Woes The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence International Law Nuclear Weapons Wasting the Future Environment Safety Laboratory Management Independent Studies Religious Perspectives on Nuclear Weapons Polygraph Tests and Other Security Woes Polygraphs and You The Close and Continuing Contact Rule Working with Secrets The Cost of Concealment The Cox Report Chapter 2 A Lie Behind the Lie Related News Articles Los Alamos

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/LifeAtTheLabs/polygraph.htm (2016-02-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence
    Polygraph Tests Other Security Woes The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence International Law Nuclear Weapons Wasting the Future Environment Safety Laboratory Management Independent Studies Religious Perspectives on Nuclear Weapons The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence Historical Objections from Scientists Working on the

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/LifeAtTheLabs/myth.htm (2016-02-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • International law and nuclear weapons
    Law Nuclear Weapons Wasting the Future Environment Safety Laboratory Management Independent Studies Religious Perspectives on Nuclear Weapons International Law and Nuclear Weapons The Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and the Rule of Law Reducing the Roles of Nuclear Weapons in Security Doctrines Nuclear Endings and Beginnings Article VI Versus Declared Nuclear Policies Policy Statements Contradicting Article VI of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty Law and Civil Society Resources for Nuclear Disarmament

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/LifeAtTheLabs/law.htm (2016-02-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Wasting the Future
    the environment safety and health at its own facilities With few exceptions worker and nuclear facility safety has been self regulated by DOE in the name of national security But DOE has waffled on whether worker safety and nuclear facility safety should be externally regulated RCED 99 146 Dept of Energy DOE s Nuclear Safety Enforcement Program Should be Strengthened Some nuclear materials at DOE sites have deteriorated are not properly packaged for storage and may pose a significant risk to workers the public and the environment DOE uses a system of civil monetary penalties to hold its contractors accountable for meeting the agency s nuclear safety requirements DOE found that for it to be able to assess civil penalties existing safety requirements would have to be reissued as enforceable rules Since 1988 however DOE has issued enforceable rules covering only two of 11 safety areas T RCED 00 135 Department of Energy Views on Proposed Civil Penalties Security Oversight and External Safety Regulation Legislation Notes that despite evidence that DOE s self regulation of facility and worker safety has been week the sccretary is unwilling to have external regulation Notes that the University of California and other contractors are exempt from paying fines for violations of nuclear safety regulations DOE has a long history of safety managerial and security problems the report notes ER B 98 09 Audit Report Disposal of Tritium Residues at the Los Alamos National Laboratory A Task Group stated that Los Alamos had not stressed the importance of maximizing tritium utilization minimizing the generation of tritium residues such as scrap and waste or minimizing the loss of material through environmental releases The Task Group found that wastewater containing tritium residues had been stored in the laboratory s operating facilities for as long as 2 years without authorization for its disposal 01 08 2001 Hazard Identification and Analysis at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory The weaknesses in the emergency preparedness program identified by the Board s staff could have an impact on the laboratory s ability to effectively implement protective actions in case of an incident The emergency preparedness program is the last line of defense and mitigative measure and as such needs to be comprehensive and well coordinated 05 30 2000 Status of Authorization Bases at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Recent Occurrence Reports from LLNL and actions by the Department of Energy DOE Livermore Site Office LSO indicate that some nuclear safety practices at LLNL defense nuclear facilities may not be adequate 01 14 2000 Electrical Distribution System at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory The Board s staff concluded that the safety class emergency power system does not meet current nuclear industry requirements for safety class systems It has several deficiencies related to single failure redundancy and physical separation 12 21 1999 Fire Protection Systems and the Year 2000 Y2K Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory In the enclosed report the Board s staff concludes that LLNL s safety class emergency power system does not meet current

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/LifeAtTheLabs/future.htm (2016-02-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Lab management: Independent studies
    Billion Strategic Computing Initiative Weak management has hampered oversight of this 5 billion program RCED 99 159 Dept of Energy Key Factors Underlying Security Problems at DOE Facilities Weak management at DOE underlies security related problems including DOE s inability to keep track of nuclear materials GAO also found a serious lack of accountability at DOE and that eforts to address security problems have languished for years without resolution or repercussions to those organizations responsible RCED 99 54 National Ignition Facility Management and Oversight Failures Caused Major Cost Overruns and Schedule Delays This report describes the NIF as a project in disarray with skyrocketing costs now expected to exceed 1 3 billion more than budgeted and an absence of independent reviews to ascertain whether NIF will ever work RCED 97 52 Nuclear Weapons Capabilities of DOE s Limited Life Component Program to Meet Operational Needs Not available electronically can be ordered from GAO General Accounting Office GAO Reports RCED 96 216 Nuclear Weapons Improvements Needed to DOE s Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Surveillance Program Not available electronically can be ordered from GAO General Accounting Office GAO Reports T RCED 95 105 Dept of Energy Research and Agency Missions Need Re evaluating DOE suffers from significant management problems ranging from poor environmental management of the nuclear weapons complex to major internal inefficiencies involving poor contractor oversight inadequate information systems and workforce weaknesses Not available electronically can be ordered from GAO General Accounting Office GAO Reports T RCED 94 309 Dept of Energy Government Property Worth Millions of Dollars is Missing DOE has misplaced millions in government property Not available electronically can be ordered from GAO General Accounting Office GAO Reports T RCED 95 128 The National Labs Lack Clearly Defined Missions and Suffer from Poor Coordination Not available electronically can be ordered

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/LifeAtTheLabs/manage.htm (2016-02-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • The Immorality of Nuclear Weapons
    to process 350 bodies per day in Auschwitz I So there must have been engineers preoccupied with the technical problems Perhaps like Oppenheimer talking about nuclear weapons some even thought that the problem was technically sweet Or like the Department of Atomic Energy scientist at the Bangalore Kaiga debate in 1989 who said Hiroshima provided us with a fortunate opportunity to study radiation effects Once the problem was defined as eliminating hundreds and thousands of people per day the Auschwitz solution was inevitable But who defined the problem and promulgated the order By and large it was political decision makers that defined the problem There was a conference at Wannsee a suburb of Berlin on January 20 1942 at which the Nazi leadership decided in less than two hours before lunch on the final solution to exterminate the Jews Ethnic superiority racial religious hatreds and fundamentalist views are well known bases for decisions with far reaching destructive impacts on human beings Moral Indifferences Why was this definition of the problem so widely accepted There could be several reasons The population had been innoculated against moral judgements so that there was a pervasive moral indifference The informed were silenced and the articulate dissidents became the first inputs into the camps The media and journals were not allowed to reveal the truth As a result many citizens genuinely claimed ignorance as an excuse The New York Times Magazine of Sunday February 13 2000 has an article entitled The Good Germans by Peter Schneider which shows that there were many Germans who protected Jews in the midst of Nazi terror thus challenging the theory of mass guilt and deepening the culpability of the collaborators The most serious problem is the plea of duty and the obligation to carry out orders Recall the movie Judgement at Nuremberg with Spencer Tracy as the judge trying the Nazi judges for furthering the extermination of Jews These judges defended themselves by submitting that they were just carrying out orders The judgement at Nuremberg was that a human being has to take full responsibility for the consequences of his her actions and that the excuse of obeying orders is inadmissible Apart from the above factors that operate in the case of officials and technical personnel there is the additional device of taking a top down macro view e g national security geopolitical compulsions etc In such a macro view numbers and statistics displace human beings New proxy words dominate the discussions burning capacity replaces the number of corpses burnt kilotonnes yield replaces kilodeaths etc Functionaries however cannot avoid contact with the prisoners and victims to keep the system going A recent book Ordinary Men Reserve Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher Browning deals with the whole question of how ordinary men become genocidal killers What is overwhelming and astounding in Auschwitz and Birkenau is the unbelievable cold bloodedness of the operation It appears that the guards treated inmates inhumanly because they believed that the

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/LifeAtTheLabs/immorality.htm (2016-02-16)
    Open archived version from archive



  •