Politics and Science: Is Science Politicized?

Serious charges alleging the misuse of science by the Bush Administration have captured public and political attention recently. The allegations assert that the Bush Administration has “suppressed or distorted scientific analyses . . . to bring these results in line with Administration policy” and that “the scope of manipulation, suppression and misrepresentation . . . is unprecedented.”  A member of Congress leveled similar charges late last year. These are very serious claims deserving careful evaluation. However, there are reasons for skepticism.

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