Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The U.S. Surgeon General Admits to Being a Political Lapdog

I had the pleasure (not) of meeting Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona when I testified before the Senate HELP committee on reimportation back in 2005.

He testified right before me and brought a couple of people with him from his department who nodded at his every word.

Carmona himself struck me as a political lackey who did his spiel about the dangers of drug reimportation like a trained dog.

Called to testify before a Congressional panel yesterday he admitted that he was just that - a political lapdog.

The administration, Dr. Carmona said, would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues.

Dr. Carmona said he was ordered to mention President Bush three times on every page of his speeches.

And administration officials even discouraged him from attending the Special Olympics because, he said, of that charitable organization’s longtime ties to a “prominent family” that he refused to name.

Full story in New York Times.

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