There have long been reports of shenanigans at our nation's top nuke lab. The place seems to be poorly run and employees are pissed about it, one even set a blog to kvetch. Some of the whistleblowers have been retaliated against, but never anything like beaten up--until now. Here's what the watchdogs at POGO just emailed:
Los Alamos Whistleblower Assaulted Over Weekend Days Before Congressional Investigators Arrive Whistleblower Tommy Hook is still hospitalized today after being brutally assaulted over the weekend. A group of three to four assailants threatened Hook to keep silent.Mr. Hook was slated to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee this month.
Mr. Hook had planned at the end of last week to meet an individual who claimed to have corroborating information about fraud at Los Alamos. That individual never attended the meeting. Late Saturday evening, someone who might have been posing as that individual called Mr. Hook and asked to meet with him at a bar in Santa Fe. He went to the bar and waited but that person never showed up. When Mr. Hook got into his car to leave, attackers pulled him out of the car and brutally assaulted him. The assailants threatened Mr. Hook to keep silent. A bouncer at the bar intervened and broke up the attack. Mr. Hook was hospitalized in an Emergency Room with severe trauma to his face and head, including a fractured jaw, and a herniated disk. He is heavily medicated today and unable to speak to the media.