Surgeon General Was Muzzled by Bush Administration

Surgeon General Was Muzzled by Bush Administration

WASHINGTON, July 10 — Former Surgeon General Richard H. 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. And administration officials even discouraged him from attending the Special Olympics because, he said, of that charitable organization’s longtime ties to a “prominent family” that he refused to name.

The Bush administration’s shameful war on science didn’t end with the clamping down on NASA about climate change. Now the nation’s former top doctor reveals he wasn’t even allowed to voice his medical recommendations.

Comments (3 comments)

vjack / July 12th, 2007, 5:40 am / #1

This is getting harder and harder to stomach. I can’t decide what makes me madder – that the administration continues to do this sort of thing or that the “opposition” party seems either unwilling or unable to do anything about it. Haven’t Bush, Cheney, Gonzales, etc. done enough damage already? Trying to wait things out sends the wrong message. Impeach already!

BlackSun / July 12th, 2007, 6:21 pm / #2

Vjack, seriously. It can’t be 2009 fast enough.

Black Sun Journal » Archives » If you want to be Surgeon General, be homophobic, uninformed and evasive / July 16th, 2007, 6:14 pm / #3

[…] The last Bush Surgeon General was muzzled, and the new candidate is woefully uninformed (or more likely just dodgy). To add insult to injury, here is his 1991 paper condemning anal sex (in medical language which basically says “exit only.”) This just keeps getting better… […]

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