Report: Los Alamos scientist canned after published article ‘retroactively’ classified

The Center for Public Integrity has a strong article about James E. Doyle — a former political scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory — who was reportedly fired following last year’s publication of an essay (“Why Eliminate Nuclear Weapons?”) in the international journal Survival: Global Politics and Strategy. According to the center’s article by Douglas Birch, with contributions from R. Jeffrey Smith, information in the Doyle piece on nuclear arms policy was retroactively classified after initially being cleared for publication. The center’s article focuses on what happened, as well as some perspectives on why.

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