THE news of the dismissal of a Muslim scientist from the MIT's Bates Nuclear Accelerator for condemning American aggression against Muslims comes as a shock to those who lend credence to the US claim that it has placed no curbs on freedom of expression. The 57-year-old nuclear scientist, Munim al-Ghani, has been working in the Bates Lab since 1980 after he migrated to the United States from Egypt. The lab with a multi-pronged mission has grown out of its 30-year history as a national user facility for nuclear physics. Mr Al-Ghani has been punished for giving expression to the growing anti-US sentiment in the Muslim World. The Bush Administration is being scathingly criticized for invading Afghanistan and Iraq as well as supporting the naked aggression against those struggling for their liberation. The so-called War on Terror has left thousands of innocent citizens dead in the two sovereign states and the relentless repression still continues. The prospects of democratizing the two countries are dwindling. Perhaps the combative White House is not prepared to realize that Iraq and Afghanistan have to find their own way of democracy. Its puppet regime in Kabul has not been able to establish its writ in the country which is more unstable today than it was at any time in the past. Mr Karzai keeps blaming Pakistan for the resurgence of terrorism in his country rather than accepting his own failures. The US Energy Department has meanwhile revoked the security clearance of Mr Al Ghani who, apart from pointing out the flaws in the American foreign policy, also criticized the FBI for its interference in the mosques across the country. It is surprising that the action has been taken against the Muslim nuclear scientist when the Energy Department failed to get any report against him from the Bates Lab about his involvement in negative activities. The Bush Administration needs to understand that this particular decision will further strengthen the perception about its aversion for freedom of expression.