Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Does the ACLU Have a Point?

The ACLU has charged that the Bush administration "has sought to impose growing restrictions on the free flow of scientific information, unreasonable barriers on the use of scientific materials and increased monitoring of and restrictions on foreign university students." One instance of this is the delay by the National Academy of Sciences of the publication of an article at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services because of a fear that the information contained in the article could aid terrorists.

Does the ACLU have a point? Perhaps. While I know next to nothing about the varying degrees of accessibility of scientific information from administration to administration, I guarantee that this kind of complaint would not be possible if all scientific research was privately funded.