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Deutch Asks That Pentagon Revoke Remaining Privileges

The New York Times reported that Institute Professor John M. Deutch ’61, has asked the Pentagon to revoke his remaining classified privileges.

The decision by the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency to drop his industrial clearance comes after recent reports that high level officers of the CIA obstructed the investigation which led to the the revocation of Deutch’s original clearances. That investigation found that Deutch composed classified documents on an insecure computer.

Following the recent reports of misconduct in the investigation and reports that Deutch was still dealing with classified documents through his industrial clearance, the Pentagon said it was considering ending Deutch’s remaining clearances. Deutch, however, asked that those clearances be revoked in a letter sent to the deputy secretary of defense, the Times reported.

Deutch remains a member of the Institute’s department of chemistry.

Govt. not liable in radiation deaths

The federal government can not be held liable for the death of two patients whose brains were damaged by experimental radiation therapy conducted at MIT’s nuclear reactor in the 1950s and 1960s, The Boston Globe reported.

The government was not closely responsible for overseeing the research and thus could not be held responsible said Chief U.S. District Judge William Young.

An earlier ruling went against Massachusetts General Hospital and Dr. William Sweet, ordering them to pay $8 million to the families of George Heinrich and Eileen Sienkewicz, patients treated with the experimental procedure. Both died within a year of receiving the treatment.

MIT was also charged in that case but found not liable.

The plaintiffs are considering an appeal.