Hello everyone, my name is Bart Abbott and I'm going to be taking over responsibility for the BLOG. I'm a political science major who's been doing research on the UARC and classified research at UH for my senior thesis project. As you can probably see it's turned into one heck of a school project.
Yesterday at approximately 4:00 we received a response to our proposal from Interim President David McClain. We told him, since he took thirty one hours to respond to our proposal that we were going to do the same. We are now in the process of deciding on a response and drafting it into a written document.
We have made Dr. McClain put in writing that he will not take the UARC to our Board of Regents until after October 1, of 2005. We have also made him put in writing that he will not allow a contract or award for a UARC to be signed before the BOR meeting. We made him do this because on Monday night we discovered a document from a Naval official that said our administration was going sign an award for a UARC in June. We had a press conference to announce this because this document proved what we had been saying all along; our university was trying to go behind our backs and sign a contract for a military research center.
As some of you may have read, we have had a historical problem at our university with the lack of transparency. Interim President Mclain's response agreed to release any and all information relating to a UARC at the University. We also made him agree to release any and all documentation relating to a UARC at the Research Corporation of UH (RCUH). We have seen the shadow hand of executives RCUH in this UARC since they began it's establishment back in 2002. UH has really gone to great measure to their name out of the dialogue. This isn't surprising to us. The RCUH executives and employees who have been instrumental in the development of a UARC are also subjects of a Naval Criminal Investigation into the mis-use of federal funding and the mishandling of classified information at the University of Hawaii.
At Four o'clock today we will release our response to Dr. McClain so stay tuned.
Again My name is Bart Abbott, and I want to say thanks for everything, I cannot tell you how often we have felt the spirit of our supporters in this office with us, keeping us strong in the face of such adversity.