Salon.com: DARPA Cancels Open-Source Software Project After Anti-War Comments
Apr 19, 2003, 07:00 (86 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Fordhal)
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"The U.S. military's research agency cut off grant money for
helping to develop a secure, free operating system after a top
programmer made anti-war statements to a major newspaper.
"The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency halted the
contract less than two weeks after The Globe and Mail of Toronto
published a story in which programmer Theo de Raadt was quoted as
saying he was 'uncomfortable' about the funding source.
"'I try to convince myself that our grant means a half of a
cruise missile doesn't get built,' de Raadt told the newspaper.
"Within a few days, de Raadt said he received an e-mail from
Jonathan Smith, a computer science professor at the University of
Pennsylvania and the grant's lead researcher, expressing discomfort
over the statements..."