Thursday, May 07, 2009

CATASTROPHIC NOMINATION

Tara O’Toole, CEO of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Biosecurity, has been nominated by the Obama administration to be the top scientist at the Department of Homeland Security. While readers may not know the name, if one actually likes their science based in reality, not scenarios which are Biblically apocalyptic and free of facts, it is a dreadful choice.

At the Danger Room blog, Noah Schachtman queried DD and others on the wisdom of the administration’s move.

“This is a disastrous nomination,” Richard Ebright, a Rutgers University microbiologist and homeland security policy critic, told Schachtman.

“O’Toole supported every flawed decision and counterproductive policy on biodefense, biosafety, and biosecurity during the Bush dministration … O’Toole is as out of touch with reality, and as paranoiac, as former Vice President Cheney. It would be hard to think of a person less well suited for the position.”

“She was the single most extreme person, either in or out of overnment, advocating for a massive biodefense expansion and relaxation of provisions for safety and security … She makes Dr. Strangelove look sane.”

Published on DD's WordPress mirror, you can read the rest here.

1 Comments:

Anonymous ET said...

I couldn't disagree more with these comments. Anyone who has actually read Dr. O'Toole's papers and testimony will realize that her arguements are not only sound but completely rooted in solid science. Reagrding Dr. Ebright's comments,the public reocord is replete with Dr. O'Toole's criticisms of many of the Bush administration's policies. To compare her to Cheney is totally "out of touch with reality".

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