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Yoshie Furuhashi <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 29 Jul 2007 10:28:16 -0400
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On 7/29/07, Michael Balter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>  Bush Aide Blocked Report
> Global Health Draft In 2006 Rejected for Not Being Political
> By Christopher Lee and Marc Kaufman
> Washington Post Staff Writers
> Sunday, July 29, 2007; A01
> A surgeon general's report in 2006 that called on Americans to help tackle
> global health problems has been kept from the public by a Bush political
> appointee without any background or expertise in medicine or public health,
> chiefly because the report did not promote the administration's policy
> accomplishments, according to current and former public health officials.
> The report described the link between poverty and poor health, urged the
> U.S. government to help combat widespread diseases as a key aim of its
> foreign policy, and called on corporations to help improve health conditions
> in the countries where they operate. A copy of the report was obtained by
> The Washington Post.
> Three people directly involved in its preparation said its publication was
> blocked by William R. Steiger, a specialist in education and a scholar of
> Latin American history whose family has long ties to President Bush and Vice
> President Cheney. Since 2001, Steiger has run the Office of Global Health
> Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services.
> Richard H. Carmona, who commissioned the "Call to Action on Global Health"
> while serving as surgeon general from 2002 to 2006, recently cited its
> suppression as an example of the Bush administration's frequent efforts
> during his tenure to give scientific documents a political twist. At a July
> 10 House committee hearing, Carmona did not cite Steiger by name or detail
> the report's contents and its implications for American public health.

Thanks for this article.

Do you, or does anyone here, have a list of all scientific reports
that are known to have been blocked by the Bush administration?