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Cal-EPA Scientists Face Censorship

SACRAMENTO, October 17 (ENS) - The scientific community of the California
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is in a state of
turmoil. An elite cadre of politically appointed managers is forcing the scientific staff
to produce results consistent solely with the conservative agenda of the current
Republican administration. An internal memo, issued last spring, tells employees to
destroy research records that are not in harmony with administrative decisions.

The supervisors even censor dialogue among collaborating scientists. Members of the
scientific branch claim results of critical scientific research, directly affecting the
health of California citizens, are being altered, destroyed, delayed or suppressed by
the management staff at OEHHA, a division of the state¹s Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA).

From RINF.com
Employees and contractors working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with a U.S. Geological Survey scientist working at an NOAA lab, said in interviews that over the past year administration officials have chastised them for speaking on policy questions; removed references to global warming from their reports, news releases and conference Web sites; investigated news leaks; and sometimes urged them to stop speaking to the media altogether. Their accounts indicate that the ideological battle over climate-change research, which first came to light at NASA, is being fought in other federal science agencies as well.

These scientists — working nationwide in research centers in such places as Princeton, N.J., and Boulder, Colo. — say they are required to clear all media requests with administration officials, something they did not have to do until the summer of 2004. Before then, point climate researchers — unlike staff members in the Justice or State departments, which have long-standing policies restricting access to reporters — were relatively free to discuss their findings without strict agency oversight. (rinf.com)

It would seem that researching governmental censoring of scientific data which may have a direct effect on my life and your life is the opening of a Pandoras Box. Why are some in TF so adamately against revealing the information....????
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