Nuclear research reactors on 25 university campuses across the country had their security vulnerabilities exposed by a team of graduate students working for ABC News's investigative reporter Brian Ross. Now, some embarrassed universities are attacking ABC and the students to mitigate the bad publicity.
According to USA Today, "University officials said the interns should have identified themselves as being from ABC News." However, this would have defeated the purpose of sending students. ABC told the students not to advertise that they were working as journalists, but not to lie if asked either. The point was to determine how easy it is for students and other visitors to gain access. Obviously security would be on its best behavior if they knew the students were working for ABC.
It should be noted that the US government thinks foreign students are potential threats, hence the alphabet soup of student tracking programs in place. And as a recent Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists piece makes clear, the difference between a tourist and a terrorist casing facilities of interest is pretty muddy.
POGO thinks the universities should cut the PR spin and secure those sites pronto.