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BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Student says he's being investigated for terrorism
08 Mar 2004
A Nevada student says he's being investigated for terrorism by the FBI -- broken by Cambridge-based Raw Story.
Student says he's being investigated for terrorism

By John Byrne

A physics student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas alleged today that he has been marked as a suspicious by University officials and his name turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his research into rocket propulsion.

According to the student, one of his requests to a aerospace library, Linda Hall, coincided with the first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This apparently raised eyebrows at the university.

Reached by telephone this afternoon, FBI spokesman Todd Palmer declined to comment. UNLV physics department chair Dr. James Selser also said he would not comment on the case.

The student says he's always had an interest in space propulsion, and that his request was not out of the ordinary. He said that his request was first noticed when he neglected to pay for some of the articles he had requested.

“Ever since high school, I have had a keen interest in space travel and (advanced) space propulsion,” the student wrote in an email message. “Since 2001, I have requested articles/reports/documents on the subject matter (space propulsion) from various agencies, [including] NASA, NTIS, Linda Hall Library, AIAA etc.”

A Mar. 5 memo obtained by The Raw Story indicates that university officials were particularly concerned as the campus is directly below the flight path of a major airport.

“While giving due respect to the student's privacy, is there a way to ascertain if this sort of information is currently necessary for any academic projects/class [the student] may be in?” one university official wrote.

“It may prove to be somewhat reassuring if we are only looking at fraud and not also having to consider the potential risks of someone appropriating this sort of rocket propulsion information particularly when we are a campus that is often-times directly in the flight pattern of McCarran Airport.”

The student says that University police contacted the F.B.I. on the same day, saying that he had been acting suspicious.
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Re: BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Student says he's being investigated for terrorism
09 Mar 2004
nice job with the reporting... this is true independent journalism and deserves to be supported by all of us. what's the raw story anyway? guess we'll find out soon if this sort of quality work keeps coming.
and for the conspiracists spamming this thread, well, cut the shit- start your own thread and let people who want to discuss this story have their say.