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News Picks : Ernest Moniz asked to intervene in firing of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist

By: Physics Today
25 August 2014

Science: James Doyle, a political scientist who was employed at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), was fired after publishing a scholarly article in which he debated the value of possessing nuclear weapons. Charles Ferguson of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), an organization that supports arms control efforts, has petitioned DOE secretary Ernest Moniz to intervene. The FAS believes that the firing was in retaliation for Doyle's article, which takes a position in opposition to the currently accepted government policy. Doyle was let go by LANL, which is heavily involved in nuclear weapons research, after a procedural dispute led to the paper being retroactively classified. The laboratory claims Doyle's firing was a result of budgetary constraints.


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