Lab continues to close off discussion

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By Ralph Damiani

A couple of weeks ago, Rep. Steve Pearce came to Los Alamos to talk to local residents and address LANL employees.This week, Rep. Tom Udall was here to do the same. In both cases, the press was flatly denied access and just shut out, with the lab making claims that “confidential” information would be discussed.Well, that is simply disingenuous and misleading.There was no legitimate reason to keep the media away from these talks – save for the simple fact that lab officials could and their growing arrogance pushed them to it.It used to be that accommodations were made for such events and the press was allowed to cover them. Even under the dark days of Pete Nanos, the press was allowed in.Not any more.More and more a bigger and bigger wall is going up around Los Alamos National Laboratory. And it is such a shame.What are they hiding? If you say nothing, then the question is begged: Why all the secrecy?It is an unacceptable answer to say that proprietary information may be discussed. We are not asking to be included in the boardroom discussions.

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