Glider incident at Robinson Nuclear Power Plant

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Mike Koerner

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#1 Jan 11, 2013
This is a copy of a letter I sent to Senator Feinstein:
On July 26, 2012 a glider pilot in South Carolina was thrown in jail, his personal freedom usurped and his legal rights abused by overzealous authorities who lied and threated him under the false pretense of national security. I ask for your help in ensuring that those who abused their powers are brought to justice and in trying to avoid such travesties in the future.
The events to which I refer is presented at this web site: http://www.aopa.org/aircraft/articles/2013/13...
Security guards at the H.B. Robinson Nuclear Power Plant lied when they said the glider passed over the plant at 100 feet. It was carrying a secure flight recorder which showed he was never lower than 1000 feet above the plant. Recertification of this plant by the nuclear regulatory commission should be withheld until they demonstrate that are not employing guards that are untrustworthy.
The travesty here is that we have people protecting our nuclear plants who are completely unfamiliar with the threat. It will not be a glider which has both limited maneuverability and very limited payload. Nor will it be any light aircraft for that matter. My SUV can carry 10 times the payload of my airplane. The containment building was designed to withstand the impact of an airliner, which weighs a 150 times more and can fly 6 times faster. Please insure the Homeland Security Agency has better trained these people, or limit their funding to the point that they are forced to concentrate on real issues.
A Darlington County Sheriff’s deputy threated to shoot the plane down. That’s a man who should not be carrying a gun or wearing a uniform. Sheriff’s officers also claimed there was a “No fly” zone over the nuclear plant. This too is complete nonsense. Such baseless claims represent an abuse of authority. Please ask the attorney general to look into this further.
Mike Koerner
Wayne Byrd

Grand Rapids, MI

#2 Jan 12, 2013
Get your facts correct.
Mike Koerner

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#3 Jan 12, 2013
Go ahead Wayne. Enlighten us.
Dan Carpenter

Ewa Beach, HI

#4 Jan 13, 2013
It is a pathetic state of affairs when police cross over from law enforcement to making up stuff to enforce. The officer who wanted to shoot the glider down certainly makes a good case for gun control. He should never get to own or use one again. One can only speculate as to the source of his mental disability. The rest of the department needs to have extended training about the legal aspects of flying aircraft. It is really too bad the pilot agreed to not sue these idiots as a condition to get out of jail. I don't think I would have, even at the cost of spending more time with them. Fortunately I live outside of their jurisdiction and the genetic pool that produced them.
Mike McGee

United States

#5 Jan 17, 2013
Mike Koerner wrote:
This is a copy of a letter I sent to Senator Feinstein:
On July 26, 2012 a glider pilot in South Carolina was thrown in jail, his personal freedom usurped and his legal rights abused by overzealous authorities who lied and threated him under the false pretense of national security. I ask for your help in ensuring that those who abused their powers are brought to justice and in trying to avoid such travesties in the future.
The events to which I refer is presented at this web site: http://www.aopa.org/aircraft/articles/2013/13...
Security guards at the H.B. Robinson Nuclear Power Plant lied when they said the glider passed over the plant at 100 feet. It was carrying a secure flight recorder which showed he was never lower than 1000 feet above the plant. Recertification of this plant by the nuclear regulatory commission should be withheld until they demonstrate that are not employing guards that are untrustworthy.
The travesty here is that we have people protecting our nuclear plants who are completely unfamiliar with the threat. It will not be a glider which has both limited maneuverability and very limited payload. Nor will it be any light aircraft for that matter. My SUV can carry 10 times the payload of my airplane. The containment building was designed to withstand the impact of an airliner, which weighs a 150 times more and can fly 6 times faster. Please insure the Homeland Security Agency has better trained these people, or limit their funding to the point that they are forced to concentrate on real issues.
A Darlington County Sheriff’s deputy threated to shoot the plane down. That’s a man who should not be carrying a gun or wearing a uniform. Sheriff’s officers also claimed there was a “No fly” zone over the nuclear plant. This too is complete nonsense. Such baseless claims represent an abuse of authority. Please ask the attorney general to look into this further.
Mike Koerner
Homeland Security doesn't train these security officers. You don't have a clue what you are talking about not so you have the correct facts.
Outraged

United States

#6 Jan 18, 2013
Mike McGee wrote:
<quoted text> Homeland Security doesn't train these security officers. You don't have a clue what you are talking about not so you have the correct facts.
Sounds like you're either one of the cops or one of the security guards. There is nothing about maintaining 'public safety' in this entire story. It's a case of ignorant rent-a-cops and Barney Fifes itching to use their one bullet, all with a sense of self importance grossly out of proportion with the situation and reality in general. These are guys that got their asses kicked, repeatedly, as children and now maintain their self-worth by proving how 'tough' they are with bushy mustaches, packing on an extra hundred pounds, and toting around guns in cars with flashing lights advertising "look at me - I'm somebody!" These guys aren't about safety. They're about control. The actual law doesn't matter because the law is whatever they say it is.
What kind of coercion is it to say "we'll drop the false charges against you if you agree not to sue us for making false charges"? After all, you Mr. Private Citizen of limited resources, have very little chance against Us of relatively unlimited resources. The voters of Darlington County need to clean house if this bunch if clowns. Where's the ACLU when you need them?
Mike Koerner

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#7 Jan 18, 2013
My goal in writing was ensure that the Darlington County Sheriff’s department understood their error in this incident. Sheriff Byrd has made it clear that he does: http://www.aopa.org/aircraft/articles/2013/13...
I deeply appreciate the protection I receive from law enforcement officers (including my brother-in-law). I have no animosity toward the profession… or the people of South Carolina. I’m sorry to hear that others do.
I appreciate that the Darlington Sheriff’s office has men that are ready and willing to protect the Robinson facility. I only wish that the plant’s security was better able to recognize legitimate threats.
Julio

Duluth, GA

#8 Jan 19, 2013
I hope law abiding citizens will vote this sherriff out. If not, he may infringe on your rights as he did on this poor guy. The sherriff apparently can't control his officers and doesn't understand the laws. Him and his department are the only ones who broke the law in this incident.
DeputyDogs

Alexandria, VA

#9 Jan 20, 2013
Glad I don't live in Darlington area. Why no response from residents? Do they endorse the works of this clown sheriff?
Mike

United States

#10 Mar 31, 2013
Outraged wrote:
<quoted text>
Sounds like you're either one of the cops or one of the security guards. There is nothing about maintaining 'public safety' in this entire story. It's a case of ignorant rent-a-cops and Barney Fifes itching to use their one bullet, all with a sense of self importance grossly out of proportion with the situation and reality in general. These are guys that got their asses kicked, repeatedly, as children and now maintain their self-worth by proving how 'tough' they are with bushy mustaches, packing on an extra hundred pounds, and toting around guns in cars with flashing lights advertising "look at me - I'm somebody!" These guys aren't about safety. They're about control. The actual law doesn't matter because the law is whatever they say it is.
What kind of coercion is it to say "we'll drop the false charges against you if you agree not to sue us for making false charges"? After all, you Mr. Private Citizen of limited resources, have very little chance against Us of relatively unlimited resources. The voters of Darlington County need to clean house if this bunch if clowns. Where's the ACLU when you need them?
You're a moron. Be glad you have people willing to protect you from harm. I don't see you willing to put your life on the line. You my friend have no clue what you are talking about either.
Horny toad

United States

#11 Jun 3, 2013
Where were the bosses of the nuclear plant and the Sheriff when their subordinates were making bad decisions? Do they not have some procedure to have a reasonably competent person on call . The officials must know the limitations of the people they hire for low pay. Apparently some retraining at ALL levels is required, and perhaps some should join the unemployed. Do you feel safe with such people in charge?
Mike

United States

#12 Jun 20, 2013
Horny toad wrote:
Where were the bosses of the nuclear plant and the Sheriff when their subordinates were making bad decisions? Do they not have some procedure to have a reasonably competent person on call . The officials must know the limitations of the people they hire for low pay. Apparently some retraining at ALL levels is required, and perhaps some should join the unemployed. Do you feel safe with such people in charge?
Once again another moron who has no clue what he's talking about. Btw the pay for security at a nuclear plant is quite good and security goes through weeks and weeks of training to protect helpless people like yourself.

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