Pentagon admits investigating engineer simple cause he's a Jew

Tuesday, August 05, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

The Pentagon admitted in a recent internal report that an intense investigation into the loyalties of a US army engineer was based solely on that individual's Jewish ethnicity and his knowledge of Hebrew.

In the report, the Pentagon stated that it had wrongly accused David Tenenbaum and subjected him to "unusual and unwelcome scrutiny because of his faith and ethnic background, a practice that would undoubtedly fit a definition of discrimination."

Tenenbaum told the Detroit Free Press this week that the Defense Department and FBI investigation that started in 1997 had literally terrorized himself and his family.

While Tenenbaum was cleared of any wrongdoing in 2000, he said not until the release of the Pentagon report did he truly feel vindicated.

An interesting aspect of the story is that in 1995, Tenenbaum led an advanced armor project for US army vehicles that could have ended up producing the means to protect American military personnel from the roadside bombs that today plague them in Iraq. However, the project was shelved after Tenenbaum was accused of being an Israeli spy.

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