WASHINGTON—Scientists, science organizations and industry groups are investigating charges the federal government is improperly sup pressing publication of two fusion energy magazines tied to presidential candidate and conspiracy theorist Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr.

On April 21 federal marshals seized the Washington, D.C., area offices and froze the bank accounts of Fusion magazine and The International Journal of Fusion E ergy, both published by the Fusion Energy Foundation, a LaRouche affiliate. The day before, a federal judge had secretly signed an order placing the foundation, along with three other LaRouche affiliates, into involuntary bankruptcy. Lawyers for the groups say the organizations were financially sound.

In a news conference after the raids, U.S. Attorney Henry Hudson acknowledged that the seizures were a "somewhat extraordinary remedy" but said they were necessary to ensure payment of $21 mil lion in fines levied by a Massachusetts grand jury that had indicted two LaRouche organizations...

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