Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Bush Administration Clears Itself of Wrongdoing

If current opinion polls are a fair measure of current public perception, most people would look at a headline like this with skepticism. A cynic would see it as just another coverup.

The similarity to the above ficticious headline is hard to miss in this real headline from the July 17, 2007, Sacramento Bee:
UC panel dismisses claims of animal abuse at lab
The panel that dismissed these claims was the UC Davis Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); the same committee that would have been responsible for the abuse had it found that the allegations were true.
The investigation was conducted by UC Davis Attending Veterinarian Lon Kendall and members of the campus Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The committee oversees all research involving animals at UC Davis.
That makes the results of the "investigation" somewhat suspect, to say the least. And, the UC Davis IACUC meets behind closed doors; the public is not allowed to attend the meetings. And, UC Davis took in over $21,540,000 in federal grants for it primate experimentation program in 2005 (more every year.) And, individuals and institutions involved with primate experimentation have a long history of lying to the public.

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