Ex-Surgeon General says Bush/Cheney muzzled him repeatedly

That’s bad stuff, alright–and no surprise, since everyone who’s paid attention knows that Bush & Co. did all they could to black out medical and scientific info that they deemed ungodly.

But that was then. So what’s up now? How much government largesse is still spent on, say,
abstinence-based education in our public schools?

Can’t hurt to ask, since this president expanded the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, has turned a blind eye to the blight of Christianist extremism inside the US military, and otherwise continues Bush’s policy of melding church and state. And if it sucked when BushCo did it, it still sucks now that ObamaCo’s still doing it,


Ex-Surgeon General Says White House Hushed Him
By Christopher Lee

Former surgeon general Richard H. Carmona yesterday accused the Bush administration of muzzling him on sensitive public health issues, becoming the most prominent voice among several current and former federal science officials who have complained of political interference.

Carmona, a Bush nominee who served from 2002 to 2006, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that political appointees in the administration routinely scrubbed his speeches for politically sensitive content and blocked him from speaking out on public health matters such as stem cell research, abstinence-only sex education and the emergency contraceptive Plan B.

“Anything that doesn’t fit into the political appointees’ ideological, theological or political agenda is often ignored, marginalized or simply buried,” he said. “The problem with this approach is that in public health, as in a democracy, there is nothing worse than ignoring science or marginalizing the voice of science for reasons driven by changing political winds.”

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