The top climate scientist at NASA says the Bush administration has tried to stop him from speaking out since he gave a lecture last month calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
The scientist, James E. Hansen, longtime director of the agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said in an interview that officials at NASA headquarters had ordered the public affairs staff to review his coming lectures, papers, postings on the Goddard Web site and requests for interviews from journalists.
Dr. Hansen said he would ignore the restrictions. "They feel their job is to be this censor of information going out to the public," he said.
And that's the crux of the problem with this administration... open debate: based on science, facts or even opinion is squashed at every turn. They take as a premise of government that “one message, our message” is the only one we should hear.
We have an administration that rules more in the fashion of a dictatorship than a democracy: they control the message the public receives to such degree that you end up with 50+ % of the population believing (a few months after the attack) that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11.