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Homeland Security Puts CalTech JPL Scientists Under A Microscope

Rebellion By Lawsuit

Long-time CalTech scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are not happy.  They claim NASA and Homeland Security are threatening their jobs and invading their privacy because of allegedly unconstitutional "background checks" into their sexual orientation, sexual histories, associations and other "dangerously vague" criteria. 

The alleged offenses are "putatively based upon Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12."  According to this Complaint, NASA demands "that JPL employees - including senior scientists and engineers, many of whom have been employed there for decades, and none of whom work on classified or national security materials or issues - submit to 1) an open-ended background investigation prying into their protected associational activities as well as myriad private and irrelevant personal information, and 2) a determination of their suitability for employment that includes such wrong-headed and/or dangerously vague criteria as sexual orientation, sexual history, medical and emotional history, financial history, ‘attitude,' and ‘personality conflict.'"

Wow.  "Geek" has a whole new meaning now. 

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