M.I.T. Physicist Says Pentagon Is Trying to Silence Him M.I.T. Physicist Says Pentagon Is Trying to Silence Him

By JAMES DAO

WASHINGTON, July 26 – A leading critic of the military’s missile defense testing program has accused the Pentagon of trying to silence him and intimidate his employer, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, by investigating him for disseminating classified documents.

The case has raised questions about whether a document can be considered secret if it is widely available to the public. And it has touched off a dispute between the critic, Theodore A. Postol, and M.I.T. over how to balance academic freedom with the university’s obligations to cooperate with Pentagon investigators.

At issue is correspondence between Dr. Postol, a physicist, and the General Accounting Office, an investigative branch of Congress, in which he accused the Pentagon of using doctored data to defend missile defense technology.

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What ever happened to the RHETORIC that Bush was going to bring honesty back to the White House? Looks like a policy of harrassing and pursuing honest scientists in what I hope will ultimately be a failed attempt to resurrect Star Wars while simultaneously pissing off the Russians by breaking YET another treaty!! Is it any wonder that the rest of the world doesn’t trust US?

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