Thursday, December 14, 2006

impeding information

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey are complaining that the de facto Bush Administration's new system requiring an internal review of their work before it is published "may impede them from conveying information to the public."

And of course, that is precisely the point. Because so often, the facts of science, from climate change to the physics of anti-ballistic missile defense, do not match the political needs and desires of the de facto Bush Administration. Unfortunately, most scientists have the pesky habit of making judgments based on the scientific facts, not the preferred Republican technique of bending the facts to support the judgments they wish to make. So they resort to censorship, distortion, and cover-ups.

Business as usual.


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