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UCS (Union of concerned scientists) presenterar en rapport där de anklagar Bush-administrationen för att manipulera, förvanska och hemlighålla det arbete som vetenskapsmän gör vid amerikanska myndigheter och i vetenskapliga rådgivande expertgrupper.

Några korta utdrag från deras rapport:

Many scientists have spoken out about their frustration with an [Bush-]administration that has undermined the quality of the science that informs policy making by suppressing, distorting, or manipulating the work done by scientists at federal agencies and on scientific advisory panels.

In several recent cases at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), a branch of the Department of the Interior, Bush administration officials have demonstrated a serious disregard for scientific integrity by suppressing or distorting research by government scientists or contractors.

Sharon Smith, chair of the marine biology department at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, states that she was summarily rejected for a position on the U.S. Arctic Research Commission - a presidential appointment - after she gave a less-than-enthusiastic answer in response to a question from the White House personnel office about whether she supported President Bush.

Two of the most recently appointed members to the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research, Richard Myers of Stanford University and George Weinstock of Baylor College of Medicine, report that they were each subjected to inappropriate questions about their political views by representatives of the White House during their confirmation process.

Lars Iselid
Medicinska biblioteket, Umeå UB.
Medical Library, Umeå University Library, Sweden.