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NOAA worker loses ear in attack

By Ed O'Keefe

Amid the recent concerns in Washington about attacks and threats against federal workers, the Associated Press has word of a scary incident in American Samoa involving a federal worker:

A man arrested in American Samoa is accused of cutting off part of a U.S. official's ear with a machete, the FBI said Wednesday.
Simeti Lualemana, 67, was charged with assaulting a U.S. government employee performing official duties, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, the agency said.
Mark Cunningham, station chief for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was attacked Monday while taking pictures of a house being built by Lualemana on NOAA-controlled land, officials said. Cunningham had previously told Lualemana the house couldn't be located on the land.
Cunningham lost part of his left ear when he suffered a cut up to nearly 6 inches long to his neck, the FBI said.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | April 1, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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If this had happened in DC, he would be dead.

It sounds like there was an active dispute about the house. To continue to provoke the poverty-stricken natives without backup is not a good idea.

Posted by: jiji1 | April 1, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

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