16 February 2006

Free Expression? Dissenting Views? Who Needs Them!

Here is a report form the Wall Street Journal about the travails of Louis Fischer a political scientist who works as an analyst at the Congressional Research Service (which, in turn, operates under the auspices of the Library of Congress). The only thing surprising here is the feigned surprises. The WSJ seems to think there is some "debate over whether analysts throughout the government are being muzzled to prevent criticism of Bush administration policies." Are you kidding? This is the most controlling, secretive and dissembling administration in recent memory (and the Nixon and Reagan crowds set a high threshold on that dimension) so why should we be surprised? My understanding is that CRS policy allows analysts to express their own views publicly so long as it is clear that they speak for themselves and not the Service.

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