Guest Post: Obama’s War On Whistleblowers Accelerates: Science Itself is Now Contraband

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Libertyblitzkrieg

Obama’s War On Whistleblowers Accelerates: Science Itself is Now Contraband

The Obama administration is evil.  Sorry, there is no other adjective to describe it at this point.  They know they are corrupt, they embrace their corruption and now they are doing everything possible to silence anyone who dares call them out on it.  The latest case of Obama’s war on whistleblowers relates to how the Scientific Integrity Officer within the Interior Department, Dr. Paul Houser, was attacked when he started raising some scientific and environmental questions.  According to Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones:

When he raised those concerns to then-DOI press secretary Adam Fetcher, Houser says he was told that he should not write anything about them in any electronic correspondence. “He wanted a hard copy, no email,” says Houser, in order to avoid creating any internal correspondence that could be subject to a Freedom of Information Act request. (Fetcher is now the deputy national press secretary for Obama’s reelection campaign.) Houser says his boss, who was out of the office during the initial exchange, also chastised him for emailing other scientists working on Klamath regarding the release. “I was told that the secretary of interior wants to remove the dams, so my actions weren’t helpful,” says Houser.

See how Mr. Fetcher was punished for covering up the truth.  He was promoted!  How about this revelation from Glenn Greenwald’s latest article on a related topic.

Recently disclosed emails revealed that Jim Messina — then-former White House deputy chief of staff, now the Obama campaign manager – deliberately met with lobbyists for the pharmaceutical industry at coffee houses rather than the White House when drafting the health care bill, and used his personal rather than official email account to communicate with them, in order to evade record-preservation and transparency obligations).

Wow.  We are in very big trouble.  This is not the time for silence; this is the time for action.  The United States is progressing into a mindset best characterized by the Middle Ages.  Spread this info far and wide.

Here is the Kate Sheppard article.

Here is Glenn Greenwald’s.

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sixsigma cygnusatratus's picture

Didn't Mr. Fetcher get the memo?  We have always been at war with Eastasia.

narapoiddyslexia's picture

Houser’s actions since he made his allegations public are interesting. He's become embroiled in the Klamath Basin’s culture wars. And Houser’s comments have become increasingly erroneous. He now claims that “coho aren’t native to the Klamath.” This is a lie, and a telling lie because Houser’s area of expertise is hydrology not ichthyology. This certainly seems like a pattern of a propagandist with an agenda. And Mother Jones? My God, how low must we stoop?



ozzzo's picture

If history is our guide, Houser will soon be arrested for sex crimes or pedophilia (caught by a random sweep of course).

AldousHuxley's picture

Unproductive people HATE math and science where you can't cheat.


scientific integrity comes second to money driven politics.


sorry folks but that's real life when you have ignorant voters.

cougar_w's picture

I just looked up his bio, and reviewed some of his work. He's a hydrologist with work in remote sensing (satellite stuff seems like) and was on the advisory panel for the project. One voice of many it seems. And it seems he didn't like the slant of the Interior work. Thought it was "predetermined" which it might have been.

Policy is not science. When they built the dams in the first place there was probably a lot of engineering discussion and talk about the local economy, but typically there would be very little science involved, or much thought given to how the fishery or hydrology would be impacted, and the impacts on down-stream economies. So what goes around, comes around, as they say.

Here in CA they are talking about taking out some of the dams up in the mountains. I don't get it. Those environments are not coming back just because the dam is gone, not for 5,000 years at least. The down-stream economies are not going to survive that long, given the damage done. If they are trying to make up for the sins of our fathers then it is an empty gesture. Nature will not notice that suddenly we care.

Alea Iactaest's picture

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

exi1ed0ne's picture

"Ston, she is yours. You may find that having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. This is not logical, but it is often true." -- Spock (Amok Time)

cougar_w's picture


With a little more reading, I'll add that the original post meshes nicely with the howl coming out about the potential closure of these dams, to create a wall of what I call "science FUD" (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt).

Here is how it works: You don't like the direction of some science (or perhaps some advice being given in a scientific forum) so you find someone with a PhD (any field at all will do) to refute said science as fraud. That is usually enough, you don't have to produce any evidence. The generally wide-spread fear of science and American anti-intellectualism will take it from there.

So, who is correct here? As I mentioned, policy is not science. Policy comes from budgets and influence peddling, from the battle between controlling interests. There is really no place for science in any of the discussion, except that biologists and engineers can produce models of potential harms and benefits that might emerge from policy decisions, such as to remove a dam. It seems Houser is being deployed as a tool for FUD, and someone wants to unwind some apparent benefit that was observed coming from the policy decision. But that is not how it is done. It will as always be decided in back-rooms, via corrupt processes of buying influence and paying off decision makers.

The dams went up that way, and that is how they will come down.

Science had and still has nothing whatever to do with it.

Michael's picture

I'm going to give them some global cooling fear with high body counts of people freezing to death and massive crop failures in the coming years.

Look at the sun spots going bye bye.

NidStyles's picture

Everyone know's that the sun has no effect on global temperatures, just ask Al Gore and the AGW people. 

scythian empire's picture

Nice post.  It's not too much of a stretch to guess that he could have his own agenda.  And money, corruption, and game theory will take care of how it will go down.  this is a weak zero-hedge post.  too light.

rufusbird's picture

Cougar, you said, "Those environments are not coming back just because the dam is gone, not for 5,000 years at least."

I spent 3 summers of my college years supervising work crews working on conversaton projects in the Sierra's. I agree with your statement. Not to mention, the lakes themselves have created an ecosystem that provides fisheries and recreation along with the original water storage benefits.





DeadFred's picture

It's all about warm fuzzy feeling, not cold logic. I'm not getting down on warm fuzzy feelings, just saying they process thing so differently they won't even be able to hear what your saying.

i-dog's picture


"The down-stream economies are not going to survive"

Therein lies the agenda ... 'Agenda 21', bitchez!

No [nuclear] power ... no [fuel] oil ... no [food] corn ... no [local] economies ... few [human] survivors....

Allow it to continue at your own peril, people!

johnQpublic's picture

"Corrupt is Soetoro's middle name."-------richard chesler


read it off his birth certificate, did you?

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Mr. Feltcher is a press secretary. It's his job to hide the truth.

holdbuysell's picture

Fetcher or Feltcher?

Oh...I see what you did there.

ACP's picture

I like how the author encourages readers to spread this info "far and wide"...

Guess what BITCHEZ, like it fucking matters!

I can see the Obama Zombie responses now, "I don't believe it," "more right-wing propaganda," "that never happened, Obama wouldn't do that" etc etc etc.

One World Mafia's picture

Electronic voting machines have already made up their minds.

Karlus's picture

Why so serious? You seem shocked by this...perhaps your normalcy bias?


Counting the days, stacking the metal, receiving the rounds....

Dealer's picture

+1.  It may get hard/expensive to receive those rounds, with DHS ordering over a billion rounds, with even now our weather department ordering thousands of rounds of hollow points.

Abiotic Oil's picture

Those are to euthanize the anthropogenic global warming skeptics.

It was Professor Nordyke's idea.

NidStyles's picture

I'm not a skeptic, as a skeptic denotes that I'm still willing to except it if my questions are answered about it. I do not have any questions on the issue, because I'm aware that the whole thing in pure bullshit.

I'm not a denier, because that would mean I simply disagree with the evidence or the reported story. The would mean I give some credit and acknowledgment to the capacity of those that support AGW, which I don't. I think they are complete fucking morons, and deserve to be fooled by that scam. 

I think it's time we stopped pussy footing around with these people to be honest. They are morons and deserve to be treated as ones for thinking we are as well.


ArkansasAngie's picture

It is not possible to choose between these two evils.

Neither a republican nor democrat be.

Vote for anybody but.

These guys have to be stopped



sitenine's picture

Oh, that's right, it has nothing to do with the unfortunate truth that our entire fucking 'system' is a debt laden lie of a ponzi scheme in which truth is the death knell of 'prosperity'. Voting for some random representative douchebag will solve our problems?.. Really? *sigh*

EverythingEviL's picture

Obama and all the other greedy bastards doing everything and anything to increase their own personal gain will have their day in court, only it will not be an earthly court and they will not be allowed to "completely" ruin the earth. The earth was put here for a purpose and that purpose will be seen, these guys will have their end. Revelation 11:18 says that he will " bring to ruin those ruining the earth.” I think we can say without a doubt now that man is truly doing his best now on a global scale to ruin the earth...we are close now.

sitenine's picture

Yeah, that's just right on, don't do shit to change things yourself - your Bible has all the answers, and THAT will solve everything.  Thanks for the fucking brilliant retort!  Idiotic and NONsolutions are in no short supply whatsoever, are they?

EverythingEviL's picture

I was merely stating that god in the bible foretold that man would ruin the earth, and that he would bring those ruining it to ruin. It's not my personal solution. The problem with people like you is that you are sadly mistaken that man will be able to solve the problem himself. There are already plenty of "solutions" to the problem of the many different ways in which man is ruining the earth, the flaw here is the greed and disregard for the planets well being that those in decision making positions hold. So don't tell about how we can bring this change about for ourselves...where is the proof? I think the odds are overwhelmingly against your line of thought. Noble as it is. We can each do our part personally and I do, however, it's a tiny drop in the bucket when you have entire forests being burned and cut down, endless examples of polution via oil spills, chemicals, etc...the tar sands, Nuclear disasters, wars, climate change, I can go on and on....

sitenine's picture

"So don't tell about how we can bring this change about for ourselves...where is the proof?"

The man who cannot (or in this case, will not) help himself is lost; and if no man will help himself, we are all lost.

I'm truly very sorry for you.

EverythingEviL's picture

Exactly, where is the help coming from? How are we helping ourselves. You can spout philosophical words of wisdom all you want, where is the tangible proof that man is working his way out of destroying everything....laughable. Throw me some more famous quotes to laugh at please

The Gooch's picture

I'm writing in Richard Pryor. FTW

francis_sawyer's picture

Is Soupy Sales still alive?

buzzsaw99's picture

is this a manbearpig thing?

spinone's picture

Progressing?  This is nothing new, just business as usual.  Don't believe the red-blue hype, its all the same.

john39's picture

democrat or republican, it basically doesn't matter...  the United States is a fascist run country that features a cheap imitation of representative government.

Rainman's picture

Most exciting news I got all day is that only 1 of 10 in the USA are complete and total imbeciles.

Congress ties their 10% record low approval rating.

Freedom In Your Lifetime's picture

To calculate the total stupidity level you need to add up all those planning on voting for Obama with all of those planning on voting with Romney. Unfortunately that adds up to well over 50% still. The 10% you site may be indicative of the total number of people with mental retardation though.

francis_sawyer's picture

If you count up family members, coke dealers, BFF's, hookers, media anchors, MK Ultra victims, & K Street, you might get to 10%...

Overfed's picture

By my math, I come up with about 80% of the population as total imbeciles. Roughly 40% vote only Democrat, and defend the Democrat Prez and party platform to the death, no matter what. Roughly 40% only vote Republican, and toe the Republican party line, no matter what. So 80% are idiots incapable of discerning that the two party system is just the two wings of the same vulture.

Totentänzerlied's picture

The ultimate test: when they perceive a "social ill", do they cry for more government, or less?

rlouis's picture

Destroying the water strorage system seems to be high on the elitist's task list. Taking out Hetch Hetchy is another one of their targets.

sessinpo's picture

Elitism through corruption, bad, and I agree.

But isn't it interesting that if everyone were honest, they aspire to be an elitist. Who wouldn't want to live in a mansion, have maids to clean up after you, be able to fly off in your own private jet, rented or owned, at a moments notice, to be able to attend almost any social event because you have the time and money to pay the expense?

This is why I don't bash millionaires or billiionaires, just the means, if corrupt, in which they have achieved such status, such as Madoff or career politicians.

Of course we all can say those elitist want to poison our water and pollute our air, the same air and water they use.

john39's picture

so the corporations can sell you water...  after they buy up all the good sources with fiat garbage money.

silverserfer's picture

its not a water storage sytem its an ecosystem that is dying because silt(mud) stops flowing down the river system and that mud is the start of the food chain. All the way to the ocean. The farmers in the upper kalamath are operating in an unstustainable manner and need to face reality not try and buy off "scientists." Certian rivers cannot be dammed like this one was. Certian rivers can. Fish are not  the elite