Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Keepin' us more safer

If by "safer" you mean "ignore science and medicine but mention Bush three times on every page." Like so many things this WH has done, this is unbelievable. It would be funny if it weren't so fucking disturbing. This was our nation's surgeon general, not some paltry little hack spokes-tool:
Former Surgeon General Richard 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.

Dr. Carmona said he was ordered to mention President Bush three times on every page of his speeches. He also said he was asked to make speeches to support Republican political candidates and to attend political briefings.
Politics above public health. Fucking assholes.

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