SCRIPT: Radioactive Road Trip 10/05

Finally, it was only after Melia and Hsing had found the problems at Wisconsin, Purdue and Ohio State that they were challenged at Kansas State University.

MELIA PATRIA

How close can I stand?

BRIAN ROSS

The people who run the Kansas State reactor claim they knew all about the two young women before they arrived and produced these surveillance photos of them in the reactor to prove it.

STUDENT

Can I get you to squeeze in and smile really big?

BRIAN ROSS

The video Hsing and Melia made shows they were left alone for more than an hour with two student guides, two young men who seemed thrilled with the opportunity.

STUDENT

My roommates are never going to believe that two cute girls came and looked.

HSING WEI

You gaie a tour?

MELIA PATRIA

So at that point we felt very free to shoot whatever we wanted, and they didn't stop us.

HSING WEI

We were standing on the top of the pool for over an hour, roughly an hour.

BRIAN ROSS

So you pretty much had the run of that place.

MELIA PATRIA

Oh, yeah.

BRIAN ROSS

Hours later, as Melia and Hsing were shooting these pictures of the campus library, a campus police officer became curious and someone finally challenged the two students. Not at the reactor, but at the library.

MELIA PATRIA

We'd already been there by the time the patrol officer stopped us.

BRIAN ROSS

They called ABC headquarters in New York to report.

MELIA PATRIA

We don't feel we've done anything wrong, but he did see Hsing with the video camera and said, 'Oh, you know, you've been shooting around campus.' So as far as I'm concerned, we didn't break any rules.

BRIAN ROSS

The security of the library is far superior to what's at the nuclear reactor.

MELIA PATRIA

Definitely. The security at the library is far superior.

BRIAN ROSS

Of course, the library has no radioactive material.

ANNOUNCER

Up next, our Radioactive Road Trip continues as we move southwest. Do guys have a tougher time getting in?

STUDENT

You really can't tell us about it?

(Commercial Break)

ANNOUNCER

"Primetime" with a Radioactive Road Trip. Once again, Brian Ross.

STEVE GROVE, CARNEGIE FELLOW

What is this? This is Tucson, Arizona.

KARSON YIU, CARNEGIE FELLOW

My name is Karson Yiu, and I study journalism at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

STEVE GROVE

The hotel clerk said it's a bit cooler here right now. His definition of cooler was 105 degrees.

STEVE GROVE

My name is Steve Grove. I'm a Master's of public policy student at the Kennedy School at Harvard.

BRIAN ROSS

Our third team of student Carnegie fellows headed for the nuclear reactors at colleges in the Southwest. At the University of Arizona in Tucson, the nuclear reactor is in the middle of the campus.

STEVE GROVE

Here's the reactor.

BRIAN ROSS

Employees here told Karson and Steve they take the terror threat seriously, at least during the day.

KARSON YIU

We just stood beyond the windows videotaping.

STEVE GROVE

They wouldn't let us in. They said they needed time to check our background for security reasons.

BRIAN ROSS

But we also told Steve and Karson to check it out at night.

KARSON YIU

We're going to the reactor. It's about midnight. We just drove by, and we saw the lights of the reactor room on. There probably isn't anyone there. There's no security around. We don't see them.

BRIAN ROSS

First the students walked right up to the reactor building where only an ordinary pane glass window kept them out.

STEVE GROVE

There it is.

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