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Oak Ridge security guard says he is scapegoat

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - A security guard at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge says he is being used as a scapegoat after an embarrassing incident where peace protesters infiltrated the facility.

Kirk Garland told the Knoxville News Sentinel that he was the only person fired after the July 28 break-in. He said the termination notice from security contractor WSI-Oak Ridge accuses him of showing "blatant disregard for the situation."

Garland said he was the first officer on the scene at the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility.

He said there was no need to use force with the protesters because they were peaceful and obeyed his commands.

The 52-year-old said he has decades of experience at high-security U.S. Department of Energy installations.

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