Muslim Scientist Sues US Over Bias

American Muslim nuclear physicist Abdel Moniem Ali el-Ganayni has issued a lawsuit against the US government, saying that his security clearance was revoked because of his faith and criticism of the Iraq war. El-Ganayni has worked at the government-financed Bettis laboratory for 18 years, but lost his security clearance by the Department of Energy last May – causing him to lose his job. The Department of Energy declined to give a reason for the physicist’s revoked security clearance, citing only national security. El-Ganayni was born in Egypt, but migrated to the United States in 1980, and was naturalized in 1988 after receiving his master’s and doctorate. In his lawsuit, El-Ganayni said that his rights to free speech, religion, and equal protections have been violated.