Guard At Belgium Nuclear Plant Killed, Pass Stolen

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  1. Eagle

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    A security guard, who worked at a Belgium nuclear power plant, was murdered and his security badge was stolen, local media reported Saturday. The incident happened just days after suicide bomb attacks at the Brussels airport and on a metro killed at least 31 people and injured hundreds.

    On Thursday, French language Derniere Heure newspaper reported that the suicide bombers, who blew themselves up on Tuesday, were originally targeting a nuclear site, but a series of arrests of suspect militants forced them to speed up their plans.

    With the country on high alert, the report raised suspicions of the possibility that militants are seeking to get hold of nuclear material or planning to attack a nuclear site.The security officer was murdered Thursday evening as he walked his dog in the Belgian city of Charleroi. When news of the killing emerged Saturday, the pass was quickly cancelled, according toreports.

    Last year, a senior nuclear industry official was secretly filmed by jihadists, apparently with the intent of abducting him to obtain information about radioactive materials. Till now, 11 nuclear workers in Belgium had their work passes revoked after intelligence warnings.

    According to the Telegraph, France has also stepped up security at many of its nuclear power plants, with workers being screened for Islamist sympathies.


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    Problems are turning out to be quite serious for Europe when terrorists are attempting to punch above their weight to plan attacks in this scale. It's fortunate that the plan failed but imagine what would have happened if they carried on with the attack.
     
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    Various acts of civil disobedience since 1980 by the peace group Plowshares have shown how nuclear weapons facilities can be penetrated, and the groups actions represent extraordinary breaches of security at nuclear weapons plants in the United States. On July 28, 2012, three members of Plowshares cut through fences at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which manufactures US nuclear weapons and stockpiles highly enriched uranium. The group spray-painted protest messages, hung banners, and splashed blood.[3]

    The National Nuclear Security Administration has acknowledged the seriousness of the 2012 Plowshares action, which involved the protesters walking into a high-security zone of the plant, calling the security breach "unprecedented." Independent security contractor, WSI, has since had a weeklong "security stand-down," a halt to weapons production, and mandatory refresher training for all security staff.[3]

    Non-proliferation policy experts are concerned about the relative ease with which these unarmed, unsophisticated protesters could cut through a fence and walk into the center of the facility. This is further evidence that nuclear security—the securing of highly enriched uranium and plutonium—should be a top priority to prevent terrorist groups from acquiring nuclear bomb-making material. These experts have questioned "the use of private contractors to provide security at facilities that manufacture and store the government's most dangerous military material".[3]

    In 2010, there was a security breach at a Belgian air force base which possessed U.S. nuclear warheads. The incident involved six anti-nuclear activists entering Kleine Brogel Air Base. The activists stayed in the snow-covered base for about 20 minutes, before being arrested. A similar event occurred in 2009.[34]

    On December 5, 2011, two anti-nuclear campaigners breached the perimeter of the Cruas Nuclear Power Plant, escaping detection for more than 14 hours, while posting videos of their sit-in on the internet.[35]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulnerability_of_nuclear_plants_to_attack
     
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