KAPL MISUSE of NATIONAL SECURITY
last update January 20, 2001
Naval Reactors has been pronouncing their own excellence for the past 50 years, while hiding behind Presidential Executive Order 12344, false claims of national security, and a gag order on contractor employees to avoid any serious independent oversight of its operations. An employee who violates the gag order is subject to loss of job, a $100,000 fine, and life imprisonment, but, you know, whatever it takes to achieve excellence. In addtion, KAPL and Naval Reactors violate the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act which allows public access to unclassified government documents. In violation of state and federal law, KAPL routinely brutalizes employees who raise safety issues. There are two good reasons for this behavior: (1) Naval Reactors is far from perfect (there is no way they could withstand outside oversight), and (2) the mythology of Naval Reactor’s excellence is necessary to keep the Congressional money spigot open (much of the taxpayer's money is wasted on KAPL management bonuses and hairbrained projects).
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