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From: TSS ()
Subject: Censoring Science while spreading TSE globally another sad legacy of GW Bush
Date: October 28, 2007 at 8:46 am PST

Oct. 28, 2007, 7:08AM
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Censoring science

Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

A few days before she was to appear before a Senate committee on the public health implications of global warming, Dr. Julie Gerberding submitted her written testimony for White House review.

As director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Gerberding has considerable expertise. Sending her comments to the Office of Management and Budget was considered so perfunctory that her office simultaneously shared the document with public health groups.

But perfunctory is not the way OMB, which is staffed and run by true-believing political appointees, saw things. It radically edited Dr. Gerberding's testimony, removing the sections about how climate change could influence the spread of disease, the Associated Press reported this week.

The circulated text noted that "scientific evidence supports the view that the Earth's climate is changing," yet "the public health effects of climate change remain largely unaddressed. The CDC considers climate change to be a serious public health concern."

The White House office excised the paragraph containing those passages before her Senate appearance Tuesday. White House press secretary Dana Perino explained that the draft was edited because officials did not believe it matched scientific conclusions in a report prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Let's set aside for a moment the implausible notion that White House political appointees are better informed about the science in reports by the IPCC — the U.N.-chartered scientific group that shares this year's Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore — than Dr. Gerberding and her staff are.

The fact is that for well over a decade, the IPCC has been sounding the alarm on climate change, and the Bush administration has ignored, downplayed and denied its conclusions.

Perino also insisted that the White House hadn't "watered down" Dr. Gerberding's testimony. Past practice suggests otherwise.

In 2003, Philip Cooney, who then headed the Council on Environmental Quality in the Bush White House, made more than 300 changes to a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on global warming. Cooney's changes exaggerated supposed uncertainties about global warming and removed many references to the phenomenon entirely. Prior to his White House service, Cooney had been a lobbyist for the energy industry. After leaving the White House, he became a lobbyist for the energy industry again.

On Tuesday, OMB spokesman Sean Kevelighan said the OMB reviews documents and testimony to see whether they "line up well with the national priorities of the administration." Testifying before Congress in March, Cooney said his job was to "align" scientific reports with Bush administration policy.

We have learned at great cost over the past seven years that aligning documents with administration policy is not the same as aligning them with reality. Sometimes that has meant "editing" the science in reports and testimony. Sometimes it has involved trying to muzzle world-renowned scientists, such as NASA climate expert James Hansen. And sometimes, as with the war in Iraq, the administration's efforts to mold truth to match its policies have led to tragedy.

A Bush official once bragged to a reporter that the administration had the power to create its own reality. That boast has been proved wrong time and again over the last seven years. The ham-handed attempt to stifle Dr. Gerberding is just the latest example.

RIGHT, and there is no mad cows in the USA or Texas. USDA certified beef safe to eat. Because President Bush and the cattle industry says so. ...

PRIME MINISTER MARTIN: This is a North American industry and the solutions are science-based. And those science-based solutions are going to be arrived at between the two of us. And that's where the coordination comes in.

PRESIDENT BUSH: You know, I personally haven't stopped eating beef. I like to eat beef and will continue eating beef, because I believe the food supply is safe. But we fully understand that we will work together to make sure that we address as many concerns as possible in a scientifically-based way.

NCBA has accomplished many of our members’ 11 directives. Reopening the Asian markets remains our final priority. On this front we have:

- Called on USDA, U.S. Trade Representative and the Bush Administration to make reopening U.S. beef export markets their top priority, including a personal hearing with President George W. Bush January 11, 2005

o Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says the re-opening of U.S. beef export markets remain his top priority for the USDA.

o Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has visited Japan and has urged quick resolution to this matter in meetings with her Japanese counterparts. Linnet F. Deily, U.S. permanent representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) says there is clear and sufficient scientific evidence for Japan to remove restrictions on U.S. beef and beef products in accordance with the WTO sanitary and phytosanitary measures.

o U.S. government delegations have traveled to Japan at each critical juncture to negotiate this agreement in person.

- Worked with the U.S. Congress to place political pressure on this priority

o Members of Congress have sent letters to the White House urging President Bush to "make the resumption of beef trade with Japan and other export markets a top priority in your Administration."

o Members of Congress have met with and sent letters to key Japanese officials, including Japanese Ambassador Ryozo Kato calling for Japan to end their ban on U.S. beef products.

- Represented U.S. cattlemen on a trip to Tokyo in December 2004 to meet with leading officials of the Japanese government and re-articulate the science that says our beef is safe

No other cattlemen’s organization can claim so many actions on cattlemen’s behalf.

Section 2. Testing Protocols and Quality Assurance Controls

In November 2004, USDA announced that its rapid screening test, Bio-Rad Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), produced an inconclusive BSE test result as part of its enhanced BSE surveillance program. The ELISA rapid screening test performed at a BSE contract laboratory produced three high positive reactive results.40 As required,41 the contract laboratory forwarded the inconclusive sample to the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) for confirmatory testing. NVSL repeated the ELISA testing and again produced three high positive reactive results.42 In accordance with its established protocol, NVSL ran its confirmatory test, an immunohistochemistry (IHC) test, which was interpreted as negative for BSE. In addition, NVSL performed a histological43 examination of the tissue and did not detect lesions44 consistent with BSE.

Faced with conflicting results, NVSL scientists recommended additional testing to resolve the discrepancy but APHIS headquarters officials concluded no further testing was necessary because testing protocols were followed. In our discussions with APHIS officials, they justified their decision not to do additional testing because the IHC is internationally recognized as the "gold standard." Also, they believed that conducting additional tests would undermine confidence in USDA’s established testing protocols.

USDA orders silence on mad cow in Texas

Susan Combs by no means has public and consumer health at heart while she is protecting the cattle industry. She is oblivious to mad cow disease. Her soul purpose is to protect the cattle industry at all cost, including my mothers life (DOD 12/14/97), or maybe one of your family members from any strain of mad cow disease in TEXAS. SHE helped cover-up mad cow disease in TEXAS both on that inconclusive that was positive so many times it will make your head spin. PLUS, the other mad cow in TEXAS they rendered without testing at all, that came from the top out of Austin. THEY should be tried for murder. corporate homicide is what i call it. they knew for years, but kept on keeping on.

IDEOLOGICAL POSITIONS: More than 4,000 scientists – including 48 Nobel Prize
winners and 127 members of the National Academy of Sciences – have accused
the Bush administration of distorting and suppressing science to suit its
political goals. (Shogren – Los Angeles Times 07.09.04)

A report by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that this administration

a well-established pattern of suppression and distortion of scientific
finding by high-ranking Bush administration political appointees across
numerous federal agencies. These actions have consequences for human
health, public safety and community well being. Incidents involve air
pollutants, heat-trapping emissions, reproductive health, drug resistant
bacteria, endangered species, forest health, and military intelligence

The report also found that:

there is significant evidence that the scope and scale of the manipulation,
suppression, and misrepresentation of science by the Bush administration is

A report by the House Committee on Government Reform – Minority Staff
reaches the same conclusion, revealing examples such as the administration:

Changing education performance measures to make “abstinence-only” programs
appear effect; deleting information on the efficacy and use of condoms from
the Center for Disease Control web site; withholding findings on global
warming and other negative impacts on wetlands and preventing any analyses
on alterative environmental proposals;

using misleading data to suggest that a functioning missile defense system
could be deployed quickly;

including information on the National Cancer Institute’s web site suggesting
conflicting evidence on whether abortion leads to breast cancer when the
scientific community has determined no such link exists; and

preventing research on agricultural practices having a “negative health [or]
environmental consequences.


See a list of prominent signatories

RSI Signatories

On December 9, 2006, UCS released the names of more than 10,000 scientists
of all backgrounds from all 50 states—including 52 Nobel Laureates—who have
since joined their colleagues on this statement.

Terry S. Singeltary Sr.

Agencies slow in responding to FOIA requests
From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr.
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2007 10:03:09 -0500


MADCOW USDA the untold story

MADCOW USDA the untold story continued

Monitoring the occurrence of emerging forms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in
the United States

i am reminded of a few things deep throat (high ranking official at usda)
told me years ago;


The most frightening thing I have read all day is the
report of Gambetti's finding of a new strain of
sporadic cjd in young people.........Dear God,



Government Accountability Project


Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 21:31:55 -0500

I suggest that you all read the data out about h-BASE and sporadic CJD, GSS,
blood, and some of the other abstracts from the PRION2007. ...


USA BASE CASE, (ATYPICAL BSE), AND OR TSE (whatever they are calling it
today), please note that both the ALABAMA COW, AND THE TEXAS COW, both were
''H-TYPE'', personal communication Detwiler et al Wednesday, August 22, 2007
11:52 PM. ...TSS

From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Subject: CWD UPDATE 88 AUGUST 31, 2007

PLEASE NOTE IN USA CJD UPDATE AS AT JUNE 2007, please note steady increase

1 Acquired in the United Kingdom; 2 Acquired in Saudi Arabia; 3 Includes 17
inconclusive and 9 pending (1 from 2006, 8
from 2007); 4 Includes 17 non-vCJD type unknown (2 from 1996, 2 from 1997, 1
from 2001, 1 from 2003, 4 from 2004, 3
from 2005, 4 from 2006) and 36 type pending (2 from 2005, 8 from 2006,

*** 26 from 2007)

Terry S. Singeltary Sr.
P.O. Box 42
Bacliff, Texas USA 77518

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