El-Ganayni v. US Department of Energy, et al.

Muslim physicist's security clearance revoked for criticism of U.S.policy

Court/Assoc.: U.S. District Court for Western District of Pennsylvania

Attorneys/Firms: Vic Walczak (ACLU-PA); Keith Whitson, George McGrann and Paul Titus (Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit on June 26, 2008, on behalf of Dr. Moniem El-Ganayni, a nuclear physicist and naturalized American citizen whose security clearance was improperly revoked earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In an unprecedented move, the government - counter to its own policy - has denied El-Ganayni the chance to contest the revocation and refused to divulge the reasons behind it, citing "national security."

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