Future Headlines - Part 7
Anonymous Source Reveals Nuclear Bookkeeping Discrepancy
(AP) Washington, DC – January 5, 2008
Someone at a Defense Department Nuclear Weapons facility apparently falsified the official records at the facility in an attempt to cover up the disappearance of weapons grade nuclear materials from the site. Crediting an anonymous source, investigators said yesterday, that they had received a copy of a memo and a disk with computer records that clearly show someone at the facility had tampered with the records and changed various entries to make it appear that no materials had gone missing. According to a lead Pentagon investigator, only someone with extremely high security clearances would have had the computer access and authority to gain access to the records and make the apparent changes. Speaking on behalf of the investigation team, a spokesman was quoted as saying, “This suggests the frightening possibility that there is a spy or terrorist operative at work at the highest levels of the Department of Defense.” At a later press conference however, a Pentagon spokesperson denied such a conclusion saying, “the investigator spoke too quickly and jumped to an unwarranted conclusion. Considerable further investigation into this matter is necessary before any conclusions can be drawn, and it behooves all of us, and all Americans to remain calm and allow the investigators to continue their work. There is no reason at this time to panic and there is absolutely no evidence at this time that the security of the Nation’s Defense system has been compromised.”
Some experts however disagreed. During an interview on Nightline ____________________, an expert in domestic terrorism and an advisor to the Clinton administration said, “if the memo and computer records are in fact authentic, and the Pentagon has not suggested otherwise, then that is a very serious problem indeed. At the very least it is evidence of a very high level attempt to cover up a serious breech in security at the facility and at worst suggests a conspiracy of exactly the kind described by the investigating team – a spy or terrorist operative who has infiltrated a Nuclear facility at the highest level of operation.” Later in the interview….
Polls Suggest Further Republican Gains in 2008 Elections
(AP) Philadelphia, PA – January 5, 2008
A new poll released today reveals that terrorism continues to be the major concern of the American voter. Although economic issues including the rising rate of unemployment are gaining ground, 31% of respondents cited terrorism as the number one priority for the American government. And Democrats continue to see little good news in the polls. Pairing various Democratic nominees for President against the front running Republican Rick Santorum (Senator, PA), the poll reveals all Democratic candidates trail by more than 10 percentage points. The closest race would be between Senator Santorum and Senator Hillary Clinton, with poll responders picking Santorum over Clinton by a margin of 53% to 41%. And while Grass roots efforts to draft Senator Clinton into running continue to grow, the Senator has not formally announced her candidacy. Among official Democratic contenders for the nomination, Santorum beats John Edwards by a margin of 57% to 33%, Joseph Biden 61% to 31% and Evan Bayh by a considerable 64% to 22%….
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