Censorship Comes In Many Forms

It’s pretty disillusioning when government agencies, supposedly designated to “protect and serve” the general public, consistently starts favoring corporations and industry.

In the past, I’ve trusted and believed in our government. I was taught to. After all, in our Republic the people control the government, not the other way around. Over the years I’ve to come to see what a fallacy that was. Right up there with the fairy tale about the knight on a white shining horse swooping up the damsel in distress and they live happily ever after. Government is not supposed to be a fairy tale. IF you can’t trust your elected officials, and government agencies, then you are in serious trouble.

We are in serious trouble. I stopped trusting the government decades ago and that feeling has just grown deeper and stronger. I almost view the government as the enemy since nothing they do serves this country OR it’s citizens.

It is disturbing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would deliberately fudge science in order to protect certain industries or cater to the wishes of well financed special interest groups. My first awareness of a government agency deliberately lying to push personal agendas was with the smoking issue. Tobacco Control advocates love pushing bans using the EPA’s 1992 report that declares second-hand smoke to be a Class A carcinogen. In looking for the ruling by a Judge Osteen, who through the case out of court on grounds that the EPA did NOT follow it’s own regulations for testing, and cherry-picked which reports to include while ignoring the largest one in order to achieve the end result they wanted, I found this and this. In other words, the EPA – a taxpayer funded government agency – LIED AND CHEATED. And apparently had done the same thing years earlier and was reprimanded for it.

Some children just never learn I guess, for it appears that the EPA is still catering to major corporations and industry rather than serving the people who pay their salaries.

Outspoken scientist dismissed from panel on chemical safety

Deborah Rice, an award-winning toxicologist, was removed from a group of experts researching a widely-used flame retardant after industry lobbyists complained that she was biased.

By Marla Cone, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
February 29, 2008

Under pressure from the chemical industry, the Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed an outspoken scientist who chaired a federal panel responsible for helping the agency determine the dangers of a flame retardant widely used in electronic equipment.

Toxicologist Deborah Rice was appointed chair of an EPA scientific panel reviewing the chemical a year ago. Federal records show she was removed from the panel in August after the American Chemistry Council, the lobbying group for chemical manufacturers, complained to a top-ranking EPA official that she was biased.
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles), chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said he was disturbed by Rice’s dismissal and the Environmental Working Group’s findings about pro-industry panelists.

“If this information is accurate, it raises serious questions about EPA’s approach to preventing conflicts of interest on its expert scientific panels,” Waxman said.

The chemical company involved in producing the specific chemical being reviewed in this instance, cited “conflict of interest” with regards to the scientist on the review panel. Interestingly enough they cite the “conflict of interest” because this scientist finds the chemical in question to be harmful to humans. Yet apparently, the panel was made up of “chemical industry” members, and no one thought THAT was a “conflict of interest”? To me that says there was no way this was a fair and balanced review.

See the letter the chemical company sent to the EPA regarding this and then see the letter the EPA sent in reply.

Maybe it’s just me, but making sure those on a panel represent all sides of the story would be fair and balanced indeed. So you have to wonder why the EPA would further destroy it’s credibility by NOT including all the facts.

Censorship is censorship no matter what form it takes. Our first amendment guarantees all of us, the freedom to speak; and with that freedom comes the responsibility of also hearing things you may not like or agree with. But that is what freedom is.

It’s time “WE THE PEOPLE” demanded full accountability from our government and all government agencies……as we are Constitutionally duty bound to do.


~ by swfreedomlover on March 4, 2008.

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