Peace activist reportedly gets visit from terrorism task force

hutchisonralphRalph Hutchison, peace activist and long-time coordinator of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, said he got a visit this morning at his home from two agents who identified themselves as being with the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

According to Hutchison, most of the officers’ questions had to do with photographs taken of the Uranium Proccessing Facility or, perhaps, the office facilities that host most of the engineers and others who work on the multibillion-dollar project.

Hutchsion spells out this morning’s visit in some detail on the website of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance and adds some levity to the piece, although he didn’t seem happy that his taking of photographs at Y-12 or related facilities prompted a concern. He wondered if this action was taken solely because he is a known opponent of the UPF.

He said he asked if he could get a copy of their report, and he said he was told to request it through the Freedom of Information Act via the FBI.

The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Asked if the National Nuclear Security Administration was involved in reporting Hutchison’s movements around the plant, NNSA spokesman Steven Wyatt said he was unfamiliar with the situation and did not have immediate comment.

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