Science, Scientists, Silenced

Stories are coming to light about the Bush administration’s efforts to muzzle scientists and what they can say or show or publish to the world. It is becoming increasingly clear that Bush doesn’t want to hear or see certain things, and if this is the case, science be damned.

Early in the Bush administration it became clear that a trend was brewing. You either got on board or you got fired. Fear, anger and distrust have been with the scientific community since 2000.

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All are trying to get the truth out there. In an article posted on February 11, 2008 they published this:

Integrity in Science Watch – February 11, 2008

Whistleblowers Under Fire. CDC, FDA Scientists Silenced and Demoted

Top officials at the Centers for Disease Control are blocking publication of a 400-page, peer-reviewed report documenting toxic hot spots in the eight-state Great Lakes region after demoting the scientist who led the study, the Center for Public Integrity reported. The House Science and Technology committee last week complained to CDC director Julie Gerberding about the seven-month delay in issuing the report and vowed an investigation into “disturbing allegations about interference with the work of government scientists” at the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The report, which warns that more than nine million people may face elevated health risks from exposure to dioxin, PCBs, pesticides, lead, mercury, or six other hazardous pollutants, was slated for release last July.

The study’s chief author was Christopher De Rosa, the director of ATSDR’s division of toxicology and environmental medicine and, according to the story, “a highly respected scientist with a strong international reputation from his 15 years in charge of the division.” Howard Frumkin, the chief of ATSDR, told him the Great Lakes study was “well below expectations” and removed him from his position. De Rosa is seeking reinstatement to his former position, claiming that Frumkin illegally retaliated against him. CDC officials refused to talk to the Center for Public Integrity.

In a separate incidident, the Food and Drug Administration should document all meetings between its staff and companies regulated by the agency, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) said last week in the wake of an investigation that found the agency blindly accepted conflict of interest charges leveled by a private company against one of its scientists. The Center for Veterinary Medicine removed adverse events coordinator Victoria Hampshire from her position in January 2005 after top officials at a Wyeth Pharmaceutical subsidiary lodged the complaint. At the time, Hampshire was preparing to go before an advisory committee where she planned to oppose reintroduction of the company’s ProHeart 6 canine heartworm drug, which triggered severe allergic reactions in some dogs.

It seems the interests of Big Pharma and the Bush administration come hand in hand and science be damned. Those not agreeing are swiftly taken in hand and either dismissed or discredited. In an age where science is one of our founding traditions, this is more than just a scary thought.

In another report from the Center for Public Integrity, this was found:

Here’s the report that top officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thought was too hot for the public to handle—and the story behind it.

By Sheila Kaplan

For more than seven months, the nation’s top public health agency has blocked the publication of an exhaustive federal study of environmental hazards in the eight Great Lakes states, reportedly because it contains such potentially “alarming information” as evidence of elevated infant mortality and cancer rates.

Researchers found low birth weights, elevated rates of infant mortality and premature births, and elevated death rates from breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer.

The 400-plus-page study, Public Health Implications of Hazardous Substances in the Twenty-Six U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern, was undertaken by a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the request of the International Joint Commission, an independent bilateral organization that advises the U.S. and Canadian governments on the use and quality of boundary waters between the two countries. The study was originally scheduled for release in July 2007 by the IJC and the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

The rest of the report can be found on their website as well as documentation supporting their claims. I hope you will take the time to read the full study especially if you live in the areas surrounding the Great Lakes.

It is important that we understand that as our freedoms are being stripped from us, so is knowledge. Our ability to make coherent decisions with all the facts is a lost reality in the face of this evidence. And there is so much more out there. Do a Google search on the terms “disturbing allegations about interference with the work of government scientists” and you will see for yourself just HOW MUCH comes up. I was totally amazed. Not that it was out there, but just how wide-spread it was. This administration has gone a long way towards censorship in ALL regards. It is time to tell the Bush administration NO MORE!

Full documentation of this report and other reports can be had HERE:

An article from the Union of Concerned Scientists posted on 3-2-07 states:

Reports and Research Atmosphere of Pressure
Political Interference in Federal Climate Science

Federal climate science research is at the forefront of assessing fundamental causes of global warming and the future dangers it could pose to our nation and the world. It is crucial that the best available science on climate change be disseminated to the public, through government websites, reports, and press releases. In recent years, however, this science has been increasingly tailored to reflect political goals rather than scientific fact.

Out of concern that inappropriate political interference and media favoritism are compromising federal climate science, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Government Accountability Project (GAP) undertook independent investigations of federal climate science. UCS mailed a questionnaire to more than 1,600 climate scientists at seven federal agencies to gauge the extent to which politics was playing a role in scientists’ research. Surveys were also sent to scientists at the independent (non-federal) National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to serve as a comparison with the experience of federal scientists. About 19 percent of all scientists responded (279 from federal agencies and 29 from NCAR).

At the same time, GAP conducted 40 in-depth interviews with federal climate scientists and other officials and analyzed thousands of pages of government documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and inside sources, regarding agency media policies and congressional communications.

These two complementary investigations arrived at similar conclusions regarding the state of federal climate research: while scientists hold a high regard for the quality of federal climate change research, there is broad interference in communicating scientific results.

I don’t know about you, but no-one is going to tell me what I can think, what information I can have, or how much of it there should be. And if the information is necessary to my health, I want that information yesterday. I do NOT want some yahoo sitting behind a desk deciding I don’t need to know, or that the information is too risqué for me to view. I make those decisions, no one else.

Wired also had this to say on the matter:

Bush Ripped on Global Warming
Luke O’Brien Email 02.07.07 | 3:00 PM

WASHINGTON — Congress continued to probe allegations Wednesday that the Bush administration tried to muzzle government scientists on climate change and suppress scientific research, including a comprehensive report in 2000 on global warming’s impact on the United States.

During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, both Democratic and Republican lawmakers weighed in with harsh words for an administration that has come under fire in the 110th Congress for its stance on climate change.

“One incidence of political tampering with science is too many,” said Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), the committee chairman, referring to a survey released last week by two advocacy groups that showed widespread political interference in research related to global warming.

Read the rest of the report on their website. It is very informative. Nor is this just about Global Warming but science in general. What else is the Bush administration trying to keep from us? And why isn’t Congress doing their job and removing this President and Vice President from office? These are questions I really want answered.

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~ by justmytruth on March 9, 2008.

3 Responses to “Science, Scientists, Silenced”

  1. Yes it is. But then we keep seeing them silence any voices that do not agree with the status quo. There is a revolution brewing within We the PEOPLE! Soon, those who have consistently lied to us, refused to allow dissenting voices, etc., will find they are out of a job…

    Thanks for posting and come back soon!

  2. A bit scary Huh? That these things can happen in the land of the free. We have a similar situation , growing in the Uk, mostly by stealth.

  3. […] numbers of scientists AGAINST Global warming vs. those for, are overwhelming. And yet these scientists are being silenced! Why? What is the advantage for the U.N. and other organizations to concoct a global scam? FEAR. […]

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