The Curious Incident of the Man in the Justice System

Huh: “Roy Lynn Oakley, 65, of Roane County, Tenn., was arrested in January after he allegedly tried to sell the sensitive material to undercover FBI agents, officials said. None of the data made it out of the country or was transmitted to criminal or terrorist groups, officials said.”

Not for lack of trying on Oakley’s part, though, obviously.

The thing is, Oakley wasn’t immediately whisked away to Gitmo and wasn’t denied an attorney. Yesterday, he pleaded not guilty to “charges that he stole classified information about enriching uranium to sell to foreign governments.” And there’s been shockingly little news about this case, considering a contract employee at a nuclear site was trying to sell info that could make possible the proverbial “dirty bomb” or “suitcase nuke” about which we’ve been hearing so much lo these past few years.

Maybe the hush-hushedness has to do with the fact that Oakley was employed by Bechtel, the largest engineering corp. in the US and a favorite of the Bush administration, who awarded Bechtel a $680 million reconstruction contract in Iraq and the no-bid contract to provide “temporary housing” for Katrina relief efforts in NOLA. Or maybe the hush-hushedness has to do with the fact that Bechtel was employed by Oak Ridge, the Energy Department’s largest science and energy laboratory. Or maybe it’s just because Oakley looks like this, so he couldn’t possibly be subjected to the sort of treatment, or the suspension of rights, we reserve for the real terrorists.

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11 responses to “The Curious Incident of the Man in the Justice System

  1. Or maybe it’s just because Oakley looks like this, so he couldn’t possibly be subjected to the sort of treatment, or the suspension of rights, we reserve for the real terrorists.

    Oh, surely not. Just as John Lindh’s treatment, when compared to that of Jose Padilla, doesn’t have to do with anything like that.

  2. If this guy had say, worked for Kerry in some capacity, Malkin, LGF and other authoritarian types would have literally exploded. I’m sort of guessing you could hear crickets in regard to this over there now. Fox News would have created a whole new Web site for it.

    It must be so much nicer being incredibly intellectually dishonest. Eliminates so much of that irritating thinking.

    –WKW

  3. Pulling my hair out in frustration now. Not that I want this guy to be tortured, but a little consistency would be nice.

  4. Looks like Tip O’Neil and Hastert’s love child. Eeeew.

  5. Paul the Spud

    Justice for me, not for thee.

  6. Looks like Tip O’Neil and Hastert’s love child.

    More like Hastert and Duke Cunningham to me.

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  8. Rebecca

    Just a clarification from a local, the guy did not have any association with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is no longer a weapons lab anyhow. ORNL is world renowned for its unclassified supercomputing resources and neutron science, amongst other things.

    There are three former Manhattan Project sites in the area, one of which is ORNL, one of which is Y-12 (the Fort Knox of nuclear material), and the third is East Tennessee Technology Park, where this guy was working. ORNL is an Office of Science lab, as opposed to an NNSA (weapons) lab like Los Alamos. The majority of the work done at ORNL is unclassified.

    So the light treatment because of Bechtel and his skin color, by all means, but not ORNL (which is managed by a completely different company, UT-Battelle).

  9. Susan

    Reminds me of Newt Gingrich.

  10. Evelyn

    “That doesn’t look like a terrrrist to me. That looks like a Christian.”

  11. katecontinued

    all those old white guys look alike to me

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