Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Stupid Wildlife

How does BushCo want to change the Endangered Species Act? Why in secret, of course.

"In recent months, the Fish and Wildlife Service has gone to extraordinary efforts to keep drafts of regulatory changes from the public. All copies of the working document were given a number corresponding to a person, so that leaked copies could be traced to that individual. An e-mail sent in March from an assistant regional director at the Fish and Wildlife Service to agency staff, asking for comments on and corrections to the first draft, underscored the concern with secrecy: 'Please Keep close hold for now. Dale [Hall, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service] does not want this stuff leaking out to stir up discontent based on speculation.'"

"Many Fish and Wildlife Service employees believe the draft is not based on 'defensible science,' says a federal employee who asked to remain anonymous. Yet 'there is genuine fear of retaliation for communicating that to the media. People are afraid for their jobs.'"

To be fair, "Chris Tollefson, a spokesperson for the service, says that while it's accurate to characterize the agency as trying to keep the draft under wraps, the agency has every intention of communicating with the public about the proposed changes; the draft just hasn't been ready. And, he adds, it could still be changed as part of a forthcoming formal review process."

Every time BushCo keeps things "under wraps," I can't help but see a warning sign blinking "cover up!"

I know I sound like a broken record about BushCo, but there's just so much!

I don't know, maybe what BushCo does is...Christian, or something?

via Salon

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