I knew there was a reason I've always liked this guy, despite his being on the wrong side of politics.
Tucson's own Dr. Richard Carmona, all around cowboy and former Surgeon General in the Bush Administration has come out swinging at the Administration's muzzling of him on important, but politically sensitive topic during his tenure. I'm not sure why Carmona has waited until now to speak publically. It would be interesting to hear if anyone thinks they know.
Here's the take-away quote from the good Doctor:
"Anything that doesn't fit into the political appointees' ideological, theological or political agenda is often ignored, marginalized or simply buried," he said. "The problem with this approach is that in public health, as in a democracy, there is nothing worse than ignoring science or marginalizing the voice of science for reasons driven by changing political winds."