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Los Alamos whistleblower severely beaten, warned to shut up
The FBI and the Santa Fe Police Department are conducting a joint
investigation into an attack Sunday on a Los Alamos National Laboratory
who has alleged financial impropriety at the facility, according to law
Tommy Hook, an auditor at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was assaulted
and severely beaten in the parking lot of Cheeks, a Santa Fe strip club,
at about 2 a.m. Sunday. Susan Hook, the victim's wife, Bob Rothstein,
his attorney, and Chuck Montano, a fellow Los Alamos whistleblower, said
Monday that Hook was at the club to meet with another employee who
claimed to have information that would support charges of wrongdoing.
And here's congressional testimony from March 2005:
Retaliation remains the norm, not the exception, as can be seen in the
case of Tommy Hook and Chuck Montano, who have both worked at Los Alamos
for decades. After the Committee’s three hearings on financial fraud at
Los Alamos, the University of California was telling the public that all
was resolved, while at the same time retaliating against these two men
who knew otherwise. Hook and Montano were responsible for providing
audit support for UC and uncovered ongoing irregularities and outright
misconduct amounting to millions of taxpayer dollars.
So if Tommy Hook was in fact assaulted for whistleblowing, who arranged
the hit? What organization had the most to lose?
Posted by Declan McCullagh on Jun 06, 2005
in category free-speech
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