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Archive for September 28th, 2008

Government And Muslim Scientist Do Battle

The government wants a federal judge to throw out a case involving a Muslim scientist who worked at a nuclear warship plant. They say it will expose national secrets. The scientist claims he’s being punished for criticizing the U.S. and the FBI.

By JOE MANDAK
Associated Press Writer
PITTSBURGH — A federal judge does not have the jurisdiction to second-guess security clearance decisions and should throw out a lawsuit by a Muslim scientist who claims he wrongly lost his clearance – and his job – at a nuclear warship plant, U.S. Justice Department attorneys said in court documents.
Lawyers for the Department of Energy contend the lawsuit filed by Egyptian-born scientist Abdel Moniem Ali El-Ganayni is an effort to publicize the security review process, which could pose a threat to the U.S.
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The Anthrax Suspect Was A Complicated Guy

Bruce E. Ivins

Bruce E. Ivins

Bruce E. Ivins, the suspected anthrax killer who committed suicide, was a complex person. Some friends saw him as a good person. Some evidence suggests he was a mad scientist — and a dangerous one at that.  Some are still not convinced he’s the killer. Soon to be a motion picture?

By Anne Hull, Marilyn W. Thompson and Lyndsey Layton
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — Two days before he was found unconscious at home, felled by a lethal dose of Tylenol and valium, microbiologist Bruce E. Ivins logged on to one of the “express computers” on the second floor of the library in downtown Frederick.
He typed in the name of a Web site devoted to the anthrax-mailings investigation, a perplexing, unsolved case that had dragged on for seven years. At 7:13 p.m., the computer connected to a page that included comments from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, who was confident that the case soon would be solved. “I tell you, we’ve made great progress in the investigation,” he said.
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