MIT Professor Alleges Missile Defense Coverup

Claims university is stalling investigation

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14 January 2005--A controversy over allegations of fraud and coverup at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, is heating up, as the university's decision to quash an internal investigation comes under attack. Theodore A. Postol, professor of science, technology, and national security policy, denies MIT's claim that the government's classification of data relating to the case makes an investigation impossible.

The controversy involves the 1997 flight-test of a missile defense system being developed for the U.S. Department of Defense's Ballistic Missile Defense Organzation, later renamed the Missile Defence Agency (MDA). Postol, who earned his reputation for uncovering the false claims of success in the Patriot missile system during the first Gulf War, argues his case in an open letter to be published in the January/February edition of the MIT Faculty Newsletter.

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