November 13, 2003

More Foxes in the Hen House - -

The Oakland Tribune reports that the US DOE is about to go supersecret. Excerpts:

"The National Nuclear Security Administration said it soon will be free to treat congressionally mandated studies of its billion-dollar Big Science projects as 'internal matters.'"

"'Imagine the Department of Defense having committees of defense contractors advising it on what weapons systems to buy. Now they can do all this in secret," [Christopher] Paine [senior nuclear-weapons analyst for the Natural Resources Defense Council] said. "What this gives them is the ability to put together committees tailored to produce a certain result and then announce that an 'independent committee' of employees of the University of California has blessed this particular project.'" [Paine also notes the decrease in oversight and accountability under the new rule.]

Be at peace.