|from Kyodo News --|
& worry not if hard to read:
herein the Gentle Reader may find
a line-by-line exegesis (of sorts).
A staged anti-terror "drill." Where have I heard that before? The Japanese Coast Guard, defacto a wing of their military, teamed up with a souped-up (and, from the looks of it, amped-out) police recently to put on a bit of security theatre. No mention is made of why they chose, or for how long they planned, this particular response, or even if it had been practiced before. I have a theory or two, suitable only for private consumption; interested individuals may be delighted with certain provocative links, if appended.
Not to be nosy or anything, but didn't someone forget to mention the new information that served to trigger this response? (Intelligence gathered via covert methods of technological surveillance, perhaps?) Was there evidence introduced that would lead someone -- presumably someone sane -- to conclude that, now, two years later, the risks were so great that such practice was needed, posthaste?
Why is the risk of terrorist attack so much greater for Fukushima Daiichi in particular, as opposed to at a (please, for the sake of argument) 'normal,' 'functioning' plant? Had these risks increased recently -- and if so, how -- such that warranted so specific a response?
In the absence of any new information? Really?
About 150 officers and other people, including members of a special assault team of the police, participated in the drill at the Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power plant, about 10 km from Fukushima No. 1. Both plants are operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co.
The National Police Agency fears the stricken Fukushima No. 1 could make for a tempting target for terrorists because the cooling systems there are still highly fragile.
The drill was conducted on the assumption that three terrorists were hiding in a cargo ship berthed at a pier at the facility.
Have a look at the pictures in the Kyodo News source! I'm not sure this is the way to deal with real terrorists who might have explosives strapped to their bodies. It looks to me this is rather the welcome they have in store for peaceful demonstrators against any restarts
Members of a coast guard antiterrorism team boarded the ship from a helicopter and held two of the three attackers while police captured the third terrorist inside the plant’s compound.
Under another scenario, members of a special assault team and other officers blocked terrorists who were attempting to storm into the nuclear plant in a vehicle with weapons and explosives.
Provocative Links for further reading:
Once again, i'd like to suggest that this is the section where the transport tunnel was located. Follow the link and it will become immediately obvious. It's to Nature magazine and i haven't read the article. I just wanted an earlier photo to show the comparison. This is just one photo of many all over the web of this wall. Just Google "Fukushima Unit 4 images" to find historical photos.
See earlier photo of this view of the building -
Removing the tunnel left a sizable gap in the wall large enough for a truck to pass through. It is also the passageway that TEPCO said they took the SFP 4 fuel rods out through for testing a couple months back. Why obscure it, i don't know since simply setting up a board or tarp would conceal the hole if leaving a gap there is the issue. Back then,TEPCO said they obscured the photo for national security reasons (emphasis mine) since there would be open fuel rods during the transport. Finished laughing everyone? K. Another thought is that they may also be constructing something such as "the new improved passageway" and consider it propriety information, just like their sarcophagus for Unit 3 was concealed until TEPCO revealed it, in large part, i think to go with Chernobyl's new facelift. There are companies making small fortunes in radiation remediation and Japan plans to be at the top in that field. Fukushima has become their bonanza.