Anyone who publishes material from a country under a trade embargo is forbidden to reorder paragraphs or sentences, correct syntax or grammar, or replace "inappropriate words," according to several advisory letters from the Treasury Department in recent months.What the hell? "Correct syntax or grammar?" Thought control is rapidly becoming a favored policy for the United States government, if this is any indication.
Oh, and since the Administration didn't learn a damn thing about listening to conflicting views about Iraq's WMD, it's now thrown out two members of its Bioethics Council, apparently because they don't march in lockstep with the desired attitude towards stem cell research, cloning and other issues.
In their places he appointed three new members, including a doctor who has called for more religion in public life, a political scientist who has spoken out precisely against the research that the dismissed members supported, and another who has written about the immorality of abortion and the "threats of biotechnology."Now, we've all seen the evidence that Rumsfeld, Cheney et. al. only paid attention to intelligence that conformed to their views about Iraq, and look where that has gotten us. Are these idiots repeating their mistake? I grant you the consequences of doing so are less severe than what's occurred in Iraq, but this could still be very costly. Posted by Linkmeister at February 28, 2004 10:03 AM