Patti sent this along from Nature:
The scientific community had low expectations for the Bush administration when it was first elected. The record since 2001 shows that these expectations were justified. [...]
this month's report by Henry Waxman (Democrat, California), the senior Democrat on the Government Reform Committee in the House of Representatives, should be welcomed. In a relatively comprehensive and succinct 33-page document, Waxman's staff have, at the very least, put together a cogent case for the prosecution ( http://www.politicsandscience.org ; see Nature 424 , 715; 2003 ). "The Administration's political interference with science has led to misleading statements by the President, inaccurate responses to Congress, altered web sites, suppressed agency reports, erroneous international communications, and the gagging of scientists," it states.
The article specifically mentions how previously independent organizations within the government have been subject to political pressure and made to do the bidding of the administration, a huge step in the wrong direction and something that adds to the fears that there is a pattern of politics before truth in the Bush game plan.Posted by James at August 26, 2003 3:26 PM