SAN DIEGO -- Even if the venerable institution of the summer internship lasts a thousand years and yields a million more neatly typed undergraduate reports, there may never be one quite like Patrick Scott's nine-page opus, "What I Did This Summer."

At the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), at the offices of the U.S. attorney for the southern district of California, in bars and cafes where civil liberties attorneys and student activists gather, it is legend.

There is a refreshing innocence and honesty, despite occasional misspelling, in Scott's account of his effort to save the citizens of San Diego, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the judicial system from a potential "communist terrorist."

The saga began, according to a copy of Scott's report obtained from university sources, when the UCSD student was assigned to work on United States v. Crabtree as part of his summer internship at the U.S. attorney's office here.

Kristen Crabtree, a UCSD junior, bit FBI agent Marene Allison, a campus recruiter, on the finger May 14. This occurred after Allison grabbed the strap of Crabtree's camera to prevent her from photographing the agent for The New Indicator, a campus newspaper vociferously opposed to FBI and Central Intelligence Agency recruiting. Crabtree was charged with assaulting an FBI agent.

Federal prosecutors for whom Scott worked apparently realized that this would not be a simple case. As Scott said in his report, submitted to his faculty adviser this month, the case was also "very cotroversial and could potentially set some precedents which would effect the federal judicial system."

"It was my job to informally investigate the case for the United States attorney," Scott wrote, but not to become so involved that he would have to testify. "This would jeopardize me because I, as well as the defendant, go to UCSD."

So, he wrote, "when I found something that was important, I would contact the undercover agent at UCSD as well as the attornies . . . . Everything I found was used as evidence . . . . I felt I was playing an important role in the judicial process."

In his summary of the biting incident, Scott said agent Allison "noticed that she was being surrounded by a number of potentially dangerous people. She defined them as dangerous due to the apparel in which they were dressed. She recognized that they were wearing the traditional PLO {Palestine Liberation Organization} head wrap.

"Furthermore, she noticed that Crabtree was closing in on her with a camera. Crabtree was also wering the PLO head garb, as well as a shirt with Che Guevara on the front. Thus, the agent felt that Crabtree could potentially be a communist terrorist . . . .

"The preparation for the trial lasted about three months. During this time, it was the objective of the U.S. attorney to prove that Crabtree was a deviant and was at the career center to provoke the FBI."

According to Scott, a Middle East specialist was asked to identify Crabtree's scarf and head garb. The late Che Guevara's radical leanings were noted.

Then, Scott wrote, "by investigating Crabtree's personal life, I found that she had no press pass and had not worked for any paper." Her friends, he said, worked for The New Indicator. He read 12 months of back issues and found that "anti-FBI sentiments" were "plentiful." That would help to prove, he said, that Crabtree and her friends approached Allison to provoke an incident.

"My next task," Scott wrote, was "to defame Crabtree's probable witness," her "boyfriend and accomplis," whom Scott did not name. "I found that he had been arrested, but not convicted, of throwing paint on an Army officer at UCSD in protest of covert action in Central America."

Scott said he also checked back copies of the UCSD Guardian, the main student newspaper, "for any deviant acts commited by Crabtree or her friends." He found mention of the boyfriend's participation in other demonstrations and told his supervisors.

At the end of his report, Scott noted, with annoyance, that "after eight weeks of personal research, the case was thrown out of court in a matter of 15 minutes." U.S. District Court Judge Gordon Thompson Jr. ruled that Allison was not acting in an official capacity when she grabbed the camera strap, so the federal charge of assaulting an FBI agent could not be prosecuted.

The U.S. attorney's office has announced an appeal, adding to consternation expressed by faculty and students. Scott's adviser, lecturer Thomas Koelble, said that the U.S. attorney's office reported to UCSD that Scott was working with the Mexican consulate on immigration cases and that he was stunned at the contents of "What I Did This Summer."

Scott could not be reached for comment. "I am quite certain he now realizes that the type of work he said he did was not appropriate," Koelble said.

Vice chancellor Joseph Watson said UCSD did not know what was going on but still shares blame with the U.S attorney's office for what was "not an appropriate assignment." Chief assistant U.S. attorney Peter W. Bowie called Scott's report "exaggerated" and said he thought Scott was asked only to check old newspapers.

Even that assignment, Watson said, would be improper in a case involving a fellow student. He said the university does not want to encourage anything that "inhibits the free flow of debate and ideas on campus."

Watson said UCSD has been assured that no federal undercover agent was on campus, although Peter Irons, a political science professor and attorney, said he questions such assurances. He said he is also disturbed that the university library surrendered several copies of The New Indicator in response to a federal subpoena.

Crabtree, who initially said she was shocked by Scott's report, now sees morbid humor in it. She said that the biting incident was her first involvement in a protest movement and that being arrested has turned her into an activist.

After gently chiding Scott on the report's lack of objectivity, Koelble gave him a "pass" grade, saying, "He did the assignment."