U.S. Imposes New Limits on Scientists (29/6/2004)

Clearly some US scientists haven't quite twigged the full meaning of "You're either with us, or against us".

See second item for Tommy Thompson's Monsanto connections.

1.U.S. Imposes New Limits on Scientists
2.Secretary of Health Tommy Thompson's long history of supporting Monsanto and biotechnology

1.Waxman: U.S. Imposes New Limits on Scientists
Fri Jun 25, 2004

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is making it  harder for scientists to speak to their global colleagues and  restricting who can attend an upcoming major AIDS conference, a  congressman charged on Thursday.

Rep. Henry Waxman said he has a letter showing that the  Health and Human Services Department has imposed new limits on  who may speak to the World Health Organization.

Under the new policy, WHO must ask HHS for permission to  speak to scientists and must allow HHS to choose who will  respond.

"This policy is unprecedented. For the first time political  appointees will routinely be able to keep the top experts in  their field from responding to WHO requests for guidance on  international health issues," the California Democrat wrote in  a letter to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson.

"This is a raw attempt to exert political control over  scientists and scientific evidence in the area of international  health," Waxman wrote.

"Under the new policy the administration will be able to  refuse to provide any experts whenever it wishes to stall  international progress on controversial topics."

An HHS spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

Waxman also complained that HHS had cut back a list of  scientists planning to attend the International AIDS Society  conference in Bangkok, Thailand, next month. The conference is  considered the premiere meeting for AIDS experts.

Waxman said that 40 presentations scheduled for the  conference were withdrawn after HHS decided that only 50 U.S.  scientists could attend.

"The scientific community was outraged by this pullback,"  he wrote.

"I ask you to rescind this ill-advised policy until it can  be adequately reviewed and justified," Waxman wrote of the  restrictions on WHO requests.

He also urged Thompson to review his decision on the  Bangkok conference.

2.Secretary of Health & Human Services Tommy Thompson

also see
http://www.bushwatch.net/cabinet.htm Thompson(among others)

Tommy Thomson, governor of Wisconsin, has just accepted George Bush's nomination for the position of Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. In that capacity, Thompson will become the "boss" of the FDA.

Thompson has a long history of supporting Monsanto and biotechnology.

Before the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone was approved, Wisconsin's dairy farmers protested its approval and sought a moratorium on its use.

Thompson lifted that moratorium, despite the fact that 90% of the calls to his office voiced support for the moratorium.

Thompson recently received a $50,000 gift from the biotechnology industry. While governor, he passed through legislation that got $317 million in state funds to build a "silicon-valley-style" biotechnology zone.

That's Thompson's vision for Wisconsin. The "Biotechnology State." That too, may be his vision for America.

see also: http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/MonBushAdmin.cfm

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