Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel Tuesday that top Bush administration officials repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations.
The administration, Dr. Carmona said, would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues. Top officials delayed for years and tried to “water down” a landmark report on secondhand smoke, he said. Released last year, the report concluded that even brief exposure to cigarette smoke could cause immediate harm.
You know, it's one thing to get disgusted about the continuous stream of fuck-ups from the Bush administration - from Iraq to Katrina, from the economy to national security.
But that can almost completely be attributed to the guy in the Oval Office being a less than bright, lazy, arrogant frat-boy, who surrounds himself with incompetent cronies and doesn't really give a rat's ass about anyone else.
However, when they deliberately try to hamper science and make it skew to the benefit of their corporate benefactors - or to keep their right-wing Christian base happy - that's criminal.
I know it really shouldn't come as a surprise from a crowd that denies global warming is real, or wants creationism taught in the public schools instead of evolution, but to hear a former Surgeon General reveal in chilling detail the length they go to in an attempt to pervert science is disgusting.
By the way, notice how much of it - preventing contraception or sex education - is centered around the usual right-wing fear of sex. They really hate sex.
Unless it's a Republican Senator using an escort service or a Republican Congressman trying to get into the pants of teenage pages.
Then, woo baby, anything goes.