Code Red

Code Red

by Jerry L. Strnadel

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Overview

This is a true story concerning a Contract Security Force protecting a commercial Nuclear Power Plant and the adversities they were challenged with from within. In 1992, this nuclear plant was ordered to be temporarily shut down by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In this case, they had found the present management was only interested in bringing in the profits, but not spending enough on necessary repairs to keep the plant operating in a safe and reliable condition. The Power Company's corporate executives replaced the existing management with people who were dedicated to making the plant a World Class Operation. Little did they know, there was another problem lurking in the shadows, and this is what this story is about. It is the hard hitting, simplistic truth, about what I fear, is happening in many of our nuclear plants across America. No information will be revealed which would aid terrorism whether it would be foreign or domestic. Read the real truth about Nuclear Security from someone with over twenty years of experience. Read the facts on why it was necessary to blow the whistle on behavior not conducive to Nuclear Safety. Read how Wall Street and corporate greed are threatening your food supply. Read how a political party is destroying the middle-class due to being bought off by big Oil Companies, big Corporations and big Business. Read how a giant news media conglomerate has created the largest subversive political scandal ever perpetrated on the American people. Read how the rich pay a drastically lower tax rate on average than their employees, including their secretaries, while they make millions. Read how one of the latest Supreme Court decisions has destroyed the voice of the people, therefore destroying our Democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453752937
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/04/2010
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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KathyNY More than 1 year ago
Jerry Strnadel's "Code Red" is a brave account of his experiences working for as a Nuclear Security Officer at a nuclear power plant. Strnadel's main concern is nuclear safety. The writer witnessed repeatedy mistreatment of his co-workers, and neglect regarding safety in the workplace during his twenty years as a Nuclear Security Officer. His story is certainly intriguing and you'll definitely want to read "Code Red" from cover to cover. The information Strnadel reveals is nothing short of news the media should be covering. The book is very informative and I commend Strnadel's conviction in making this information public.
RebeccaGal More than 1 year ago
In Jerry Strnadel's "Code Red"-Memoirs of a Whistle Blower he explores an everyman's "day in the life" of an Ex Nuclear Security Officer duties and the risks he and his fellow co-workers encounter. Strnadel conveys his worry for Americans safety when confronted with inept mangers and a power hungry corporation that has no regard for their employee's safety or well-being. Strnadel is one of a few American heroes that have had the courage to come forward on behalf of the greater good and for the good of his country. A must read for anyone that wants the courage to do what is right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jerry L. Strnadel brings darkness and innermost nuclear secrets into the light in his magnificent book: CODE RED. Like so many companies in this era of greed over morality, this story takes the reader into the actual environment of a nuclear power plant ordered to be shut down in the 1992. Of course, there is always a door within a door and more than mere profits than meets-the-eye. You should buy this book if you care about global security in the current climate of terrorism. Written with simple pin-point accuracy, this revealing book gives us a glimpse into the minds and hearts of those responsible for our safety, and a grimacing look into the pupils of greed and parsimony in the private and public sectors, showing the gap between security and reality. This is not some Tom Clancy piece of fiction; this is better and more concise. It's the first time an actual insider has come forward; the first time a Nuclear Security Officer has openly come out and voiced their concerns to the public. Usually they have their face covered and their voices altered. It's about time the truth has come to the light. No elaborate disguises here. Thank god for this wonderful whistle-blower.
Erin-Grady More than 1 year ago
You will not be able to put down Strnadel's new book, Code Red. The book really made me think about all the different jobs that unseen by the general book. While America is looking for alternative energy source in the wake of the BP oil spill, Code Red gives the reader serious pause. This whistleblower's story will captivate you!
Karin_Wooden More than 1 year ago
If it were not for years spent in closed captioning as a fly on the wall in some regulatory hearings, I may not believe the heinous allegations either. But this brave citizen has taken great care and pains to show everyone the true account of an "everyman" just trying to do an honest day's work. The conversational tone, if a bit rambling, makes for easy reading. Jerry offers candid observations throughout. The real and possible fallout of criminal behavior he reports is very poignant. The wrongdoings by management have life and death consequences, sometimes for one, often for many. The author changes names for privacy, and basically gives us the portrait someone working in security for a commercial nuclear plant southwest of Houston. Strnadel takes us through interactions with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the subcontracted private security firms subcontracted, and the unionization of workers over time. He closes the book with a wide range of commentary on present-day dilemmas, especially involving politics, and gives his explanation for writing the book to "make things better," to help "rectify the situation." Despite the disheartening content, his account reminds me to do what I can to do the right thing, try to make the world a better place. A great read for anyone who can identify with being caught in the mire!
Jcroichy More than 1 year ago
Code Red was a definite awakening on the recognition aspects in our society's genre of unseen jobs. The world of nuclear power plants has always seemed extremely private and unknowing, but this book was an amazing insider. Our society is closed-off with the lives of many people who work in unsafe conditions because most Americans are clueless on this issue. The author does a great job with painting vivid pictures of mistreatment of individuals working in a specific nuclear power plant. Those individuals, including security officers, have to deal with being laid off for no reason, dangerous work conditions, being voiceless, and unrelated political issues that happen to affect the lives of workers. After reading this book, I definitely want to become a nuclear power plant advocate for equal rights.
thinkerRH More than 1 year ago
I was captivated by the title, and was certainly not disappointed. I wanted to dig some dirt on what goes into the nuclear industry, and political issues with giant corporate leaders in business. Little did I know that the author would plunge me into a harsh shady world of the corporate giants, full of deceit, greed and money. I happened to live around a city with nuclear plant as a teenager, i'd have never guessed some of the things that is being discussed in the book. How awful. I'm glad the author is brave enough to publish all this, everyone needs to know what the country is turning into constantly going behind money and power. It's an honest appeal from the author to open our eyes and see what is happening around us. Unless you read this book, you might not know the real reason behind the ever rising oil gas prices. Just a few years ago, our economy was in fairly good shape, but look at it now. I am ashamed of what has happened to our country, it helps when you get to know the true motives behind companies posing to make your life better, and the media who work alongside them to make you think a certain way. I recommend this book, simply wonderful!
Julie-G More than 1 year ago
Nuclear Plants ....Corporate America's billion dollar golden ticket and treasured source of energy. 20 % of our country is powered by it and many jobs are developed for its protection and uses. One would think that a position in this field would expand horizons for an individual and provide job security. However, that's not the case. Jerry L. Strnadel, former Nuclear Security officer, gives us an inside look through his memoirs "Code Red ," of the struggle and abuse, himself and fellow officers at a nuclear plant in Texas endured. The details Strnadel provides put you in the life of security officers who dealt with day to day intimidation, sexual misconduct, exhausting work hours and inhumane work policies from their superiors. The great risk he presents is that these officers are armed, trained to kill, overly stressed and surrounded by hazardous materials. Code Red is extremely enlightening and shows how corporations will take advantage of the all the people they need to keep their pockets growing thick. The author not only provides facts but reveals his own emotions and fight to keep sanity and even physical health in the work conditions he endured. That honesty makes this memoir come to life. You'll genuinely feel for him and the officers struggling day to day with a work environment that sounds more like a prison with hourly wages. After reading this book, you just might want to hug your crazy boss and thank him. Strnadel, a "whistle blower," had enough courage to stick up for his fellow employees and sent out letters to the authorities for investigations to be done. Anyone who's had to deal with feeling like one of the little people - walking on pins and needles- or had to enforce unfair policies upon fellow employees, will find this inspiring and something they can relate to. Unfortunately in this present day economy, that number may be higher than it aught to be. Regardless of the readers economic stance - resting at the top of the corporate ladder or pinned down to the poor working class- Code Red is truly an eye opener.
RiniHP More than 1 year ago
The story is full of facts drawn from personal experience, and statistics concerning our country (USA), which is why I was absolutely terrified reading it and thinking of the consequences. It's shocking, but the truth is that our country has turned to gaining power and greed. Somewhere, we have lost sight of what America was truly about. No one really cares much anymore, the Author's evidence and narration keeps giving the reader a sinking feeling as to what we are heading to or what is in store for us. We don't have a decent energy policy, we don't have control over the amount of so called "Truth" the media delivers spoiling the way an average American thinks everyday. The author from his experience tells us the money hungry corporate giants and their terrible influence in our society affecting millions. If you want the truth, go on and read it, it's worth knowing atleast what caused our economy to be so bad, and what will eventually lead to much worse consequences. Mind bogging and chilling, this is a book for the ones who wish to know what runs our country and what matters.
M_R_Shah More than 1 year ago
Jerry Strnadel's Code Red is the author's stand and determination to make the public aware of the unjust policies and the danger of nuclear plants. The piece is primarily about nuclear safety; however, the book also pleads to society to awaken and see what is going around them. Strnadel depicts the hiring and firing of workers like it's some game. Moreover, the company that he works for is a complete mess. First, the company lays off hundreds of workers for little to no reason. Then, seeing that their staff is far too short, they push their employees to work longer and do overtime. The consequence of this is that they are giving more overtime money. As a result, the company's boss decides that his employees will not be able to use their saved-up vacation days. Sequences like this in a sensitive area like the nuclear plant is truly a cause for concern. While some will chastise Jerry Strnadel for blowing the whistle on these good-for nothing employers, it is clear that his focus and intentions are to help the people. Few people truly express concern for society, but Jerry Strnadel is one of them. If society waits and watches, it is very possible that corporate greed will result in the erosion of the middle class right before our eyes-leaving the world with two spectrums of people: the rich and the poor.
Nicole8080 More than 1 year ago
Code Red opens up the eyes of the everyday citizen and displays the inner workings of nuclear power plants and the corruption behind them. Detailing everything from employee mistreatment to inappropriate behavior, Strnadel describes how life really was while working inside of an American nuclear power plant. Greed, corruption and politicking all take place inside of his former place of employment and while it may come off to some as idle complaints, Strnadel uses legit documents and letters to back up his case. This tell-all speaks in layman's terms and helps the average person, like myself, understand the inner workings of the industry. I never could have guessed that such power, greed and staunch political views lie beneath the nuclear power plant industry and this book left me in awe of what is happening in our country. I commend Strnadel for taking a stand and blowing the whistle on the wrong doings happening in towns across America. I recommend this book for anyone who wants a little insight and has time for a short read on an interesting topic.
glenngoodlander More than 1 year ago
This was a really eye opening book for me. I have always been curious about the safety of our nuclear power plants, and unfortunately naive. Strnadel does an excellent job pulling from his twenty years as a Nuclear Security Officer in this piece. I was truly surprised how easy to read this book was. Despite the heavy reading material it felt more like a story told by a concerned friend rather than a novel.
TRW More than 1 year ago
Jerry Strnadel's book provides some riveting insight about the state of our nation. He writes with confidence and accuracy in the way that only someone with 20 years of experience as a nuclear security officer could, and I don't expect that there are very many other books that offer such a perspective. This ought to be essential reading for anyone interested in nuclear security, the American dream in general, and the state of the American worker. l
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I wasn't expecting much when I picked up the book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I've always been pretty interested in nuclear power and the horrors it can lead to and I thought this book did a good job discussing them in an engaging manner. I was horrified by some of the things Strnadel had to experience and was glad that I got to learn more about the industry. I thought it was pretty easy to understand too - I'm not very well versed in anything scientific and I still enjoyed the book and was easily able to understand it. After reading this, I definitely want to start reading more about nuclear energy.
NCcharmer More than 1 year ago
I lived in Harrisburg, Pa. during the Three Mile Island debacle, so I took Mr Strnadel's book very seriously. It is clear that Jerry Strnadel is willing and able to get down and dirty for his rights and those of people with whom he works. After a mesmerizing account of the "atrocities" that he encountered at the South Texas Project during his twenty years as a Security Officer. Some of it under the inflexible management of Wackenhut. Once retired, he turns his baleful glare on politics, finance and TV personalities. And, he calls it like he sees it.I wonder if Mr. Strnadel realizes that this type of tyranny goes on in most corporate worlds today. Yes, Jerry; it is all about money. It is nice to know we still have a Don Quixote looking out for us.
shines1980 More than 1 year ago
You may have seen documentaries or news reports on various codes being broken in factories and plants across the nation. But have you ever really thought about how serious those issues can be if they happen in a NUCLEAR plant? In today's day and age, you have heard plenty about terrorism, but often those stories stem from overseas operatives. When you combine those two storylines into one, you have a frightening idea right here on American soil. "Code Red: Could Terror from Within Cause an American Chernobyl? You be the Judge!" was written by Jerry L. Strndel, a former nuclear security officer. At first the book details Strnadel's background and qualifications. This part, while interesting, is not the real point. It outlines true stories and real events within the nuclear power plant world that are alarming, dangerous, and give the reader plenty of causes for concern. When you think about a whistle blower, you may often be put off by the very idea of someone tattling. But when you read about this kind of whistle blowing, you may wish more people had the guts to stand up against corporations. If you are interested in politics and other various ideologies that relate to today's culture and the dangers we face, read Cod Red.
The_Publishing_Guru More than 1 year ago
Jerry L. Strnadel's Code Red: Could Terror From Within Cause an American Chernobyl? You be the Judge! sheds light on the dangers of nuclear reactor plants. Coming from the voice of experience from Jerry Strnadel, a former nuclear security officer, this book seeks to create awareness about the vices at the top rung of corporate America, which reek of corporate greed. Code Red mixes in politics, Wall Street, and the financial divide between the rich and poor to create an alarming piece of literature that urges society to wake up and understand that the behavior of authorities at nuclear plants can have catastrophic consequences for ordinary, middle-class citizens. Code Red opens up with background information describing Strnadel's twenty-two years tending the family farm. After losing his farm to government policies and inflation, he began a series of training sessions in order to work as a nuclear security officer. Jerry describes the constant chaos that was the nuclear plant: "You received a call from the Central Alarm Station notifying you there was an alarm on the south side, on zone such and such. Before you completed assessment of the first alarm, you were told once again they now received another alarm on the opposite side of the plant." What's worse is the maltreatment and constant intimidation the officers must endure. Being on the inside, looking out, Strnadel captures an accurate picture of the often senseless behavior of the "Big Boys" at the top of the government ladder. A memorable passage early in the book that essentially serves as a snapshot of this perception is, "I had been driven off the farm by big, could care less government, and now I'm seeing the same thing happening with Wackenhut. Their arrogance and attitude, plus using fear and intimidation to control their officers was appalling." The state of the nuclear plant is in the hands of individuals who sometimes fire their best officers for little or no reason. One can only imagine the dangers that such an ill-managed nuclear reactor plant could present to society. The turning point in Code Red takes the form of a letter that Strnadel delivers to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, resulting in a restructuring of policies and the termination of some corrupt authorities. The letter points out the "reign of terror" by "higher-ups" Robert Brown and Daniel Boland. While Strnadel shows exemplary courage in facing these atrocities, "It is a shame that the chain of command did not band together to stop Brown's tyranny. Instead, they flushed their integrity down the commode and became their 'yes' men." This book is quite unique in that it will pique the interest of readers from many ways of life, particularly the middle class. There are very few "whistle blower" books on the market with authors who are willing to put their names "out there" to show the world what is really going on behind the scenes. Strnadel has established credibility based on his qualifications and experiences. Code Red captures the reader's interest and keeps it, as it presents relevant issues in society; this one is a must read for anyone who wants to know what lies below the surface in today's climate of unquestioned power.