Reporters from Washington D.C.’s right-leaning Daily Caller found and drove past an unmanned security gate at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant last week. Today, plant officials tried to minimize the incident by claiming that they could have shot and killed the news crew if they had gotten any further.
To demonstrate that the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant is secure, site vice president George Gellrich told a local paper in Maryland that “lethal force could have been used” if “the reporters had approached a fence or tried to enter the protected area.”
Aside from the public relations gaffe involved in talking about shooting unarmed journalists, Gellfirch’s statement also indicates that he is missing the larger point, that security at Calvert Cliffs seems to be a little looser than most people would think. According to the Caller:
In a story published last week, The DC reported being able to enter the property of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant about 50 miles outside Washington, drive through an empty security check point and park not far from a nuclear reactor. A reporter and videographer did not have any contact with security during two visits to the property.
One doesn’t want to put ideas in anyone’s head, but if the vehicle had contained a car-bomb rather than a car full of conservative journalists, the incident could have had been a catastrophe. The same thought crossed the minds of the Daily Caller staffers:
A chilling sight to see, at one point during the visit, the journalists watched a large civilian truck — roughly of the size of the trucks used in terror bombings around the world, including at the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995 — enter through the unmanned checkpoint.