A Detroit-area man wrongly suspected of spying for Israel has failed to persuade a federal court to reinstate a lawsuit against the government.
An appeals court said today that David Tenenbaum is making the same arguments that led to the dismissal of a similar lawsuit filed in the late 1990s.
Tenenbaum sued the government again in 2009 after the Pentagon inspector general said his Orthodox Jewish religion was a factor in the espionage investigation. Tenenbaum believes the report helps him claim that the government wrongly invoked a state-secrets defense to get the first case dismissed.
The engineer works at an Army tank command in Warren, a Detroit suburb. Tenenbaum was never formally accused of spying for Israel but has said the investigation hurt his career.