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Away From Home

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

More on the War On Science

I know I keep posting over and over about this, but this stuff is important, and doesn't nearly get enough press.

Now the ACLU is joining the campaign against the administration's War On Science:

The American Civil Liberties Union charged Tuesday that the Bush administration is placing science under siege by overzealously tightening restrictions on information, individuals and technology in the name of homeland security.

The administration "has sought to impose growing restrictions on the free flow of scientific information, unreasonable barriers on the use of scientific materials and increased monitoring of and restrictions on foreign university students," the ACLU said.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks the government has actively increased the use of classifying information to keep it secret, including the use of the category "unclassified but sensitive" and extending classification authority to more departments, the ACLU said.

Robert Hopkins of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy criticized the ACLU for seeking to politicize the issue.

"The report chooses to criticize actions taken to address security concerns in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack," Hopkins said. "The administration has worked in good faith with serious members of the science community, including the National Academies, to determine the best way to enable the conduct of science without providing terrorists with a road map for pursuing their aims."

That's right folks -- the administration's response to these allegations is "How dare you question us? Trust! Accept! Conform!"

My response? NO!

"Science" and "unquestioning conformity" are polar opposites. Science is all about questioning, learning, and sharing. I'm surprised that Bush hasn't classified Einstein's theory of relativity, since it's necessary for figuring out the physics of a nuclear blast.

*knock on wood*


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