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“DISINFORMATION SYNDROME” AFFLICTS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT - Officials Routinely Rewarded for Lying and Punished for Telling the Truth
Washington, DC — The federal government suffers from a “severe disinformation syndrome” in which agency specialists are pressured to alter reports by managers who are promoted for breaking the law, according to congressional testimony delivered today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). As a consequence, scientific and technical papers, particularly within environmental agencies, are routinely censored, altered or manipulated for political purposes.
“The Bush administration obsession with controlling the flow of information means that factual information that does not serve its political agenda rarely sees the light of day,” ...The PEER testimony outlines a pervasive effort to edit out vital but discordant information across the range of environmental activities:
* Science. PEER and the Union of Concerned Scientists have conducted surveys among federal scientists showing a high degree of political intervention to amend scientific findings;
* Land Management. Federal agencies are routinely issuing documents that do not withstand judicial scrutiny because the documents are at variance with the agency’s own internal data; and
* Public Health. Whistleblowers lack meaningful protections so that professionals who raise concerns are banished or terminated as a result.
“If agencies can lie with impunity to Congress, why should they be expected to tell anyone else the truth?” Ruch asked, calling for Congress to put teeth into laws forbidding interference with or retaliation for transmitting information to elected representatives. “Right now, the federal civil service is scared to death.”
Originally posted by Astronomer70
Soficrow don't you have anything newer that a year old?
10,000 EPA Scientists Protest Library Closures
WASHINGTON, DC, July 7, 2006 (ENS) - Representatives for 10,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientists are asking Congress to stop the Bush administration from closing the agency’s network of technical research libraries.
In his proposed budget for FY 2007, President Bush deleted $2 million of support for EPA’s libraries, amounting to 80 percent of the agency’s total budget for libraries. Without waiting for Congress to act, EPA has begun closing libraries, shutting down access to collections and reassigning staff.
In their letter, the EPA scientists say the library closures are "one more example of the Bush administration’s effort to suppress information on environmental and public health-related topics." ..."EPA library services are [now] greatly reduced or no longer available to the general public" in agency regional offices serving 19 states, the EPA scientists write.
Medical journal reveals that 70 percent of drug decision-making panel members have financial ties to industry
The journal Nature has published studies showing that 70 percent of the drug decision panels run in this country are rigged with decision-makers who have strong financial ties to the very drug companies whose products are affected by these decisions.
So much for evidence-based medicine. Drug approval decisions have little to do with evidence and everything to do with materialistic greed and cold, hard cash. That cash is doled out to decision-makers in the form of research grants, consulting fees and outright bribes. These decision-makers, who are often physicians, generally do not reveal their conflicts of interest. Yet they accept positions on decision-making panels where these so-called experts sit around and decide what should be the standard practice for various diseases, symptoms and conditions. Write-ups of those practices are then distributed to physicians around the country who follow the procedures. The journal Nature has revealed that 70 percent of these panels are rigged with decision-makers who have conflicts of interest.
Senate Committee Press Release: ‘Brokaw’s Objectivity Compromised in Global Warming Special’
In a fine example of life imitating a Marx Brothers movie – which should give you a clue as to what should be done with your drinking vessels! – Republicans on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works issued a press release Wednesday concerning a documentary that former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw has done for the Discovery Channel about global warming (hat tip to NRO’s Media Blog). No matter how hard you try, you just can’t make this stuff up...
...it’s good to see our tax dollars are finally going to good use.
Tsunami Threat to Hawaii and West Coast Underestimated: Models Do Not Account for Multiple, Bigger Waves Inundating Populated Areas
By: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
New evidence from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is causing civil defense modelers to reassess recommended evacuation zones and the hazards of multiple waves, according to scientific presentations to be given today at a planning conference and released by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). These new analyses suggest that the tsunami threat to Hawaii, particularly the south shore of Oahu, and California may be much greater than previously calculated.
Originally posted by Astronomer70
Do you have any suggestions for trying to correct the situation?
Originally posted by The Vagabond
This one warranted a pair of applauses.
My advice, rather than to cut off one of the Hydra's heads and smile contentedly until the next president does something wrong, is sieze on the incredible public awareness that something is wrong with our system right now to pass constitutional amendments which
1. Reaffirm the WEAK EXECUTIVE system that is implied by the constitutional lack of enumerated powers in Article II.
2. Break the Republican/Democrat dichotomy by redifining our balloting and electoral process.
3. Create greater recourse for the people against the government by opening up a national ballot initiative process.
Originally posted by The Vagabond
Frankly, we're screwed. It wouldn't work. It's the only peaceful way I can see to unseat the machinery that controls this country, but it wouldn't work. You'd need way too much money and way too much fervor. It's easier to get people to riot than it is to get them to vote; don't ask me why.
I have every confidence that if the city council in my town did something really offensive, that with my speaking ability and knack for stirring the stuff I could probably start a riot, but I am equally sure that under the same conditions I could not get myself elected to the city council to change it.
By the time this country is ready for peaceful change, we'll already be in the throes of revolution... to the extent that you can call getting your teeth kicked in by the national guard a revolution.
Originally posted by soficrow
So we're in the end-stage of an economic-political takeover huh?
Nothing much left to be done?
Except pay taxes to our new Lords?