Monday, April 10, 2017

Trump's war on science extends to US Justice Department

To Team Trump's failure to fill many science positions across the Federal government and planned deep cuts to the US EPA, NOAA, the NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and elsewhere, add the US Justice Department where all that stupid science is no longer needed: 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will end a Justice Department partnership with independent scientists to raise forensic science standards and has suspended an expanded review of FBI testimony across several techniques that have come under question, saying a new strategy will be set by an in-house team of law enforcement advisers.
In a statement Monday, Sessions said he would not renew the National Commission on Forensic Science, a roughly 30-member advisory panel of scientists, judges, crime lab leaders, prosecutors and defense lawyers chartered by the Obama administration in 2013. 
A path to meet needs of overburdened crime labs will be set by a yet-to-be named senior forensic adviser and an internal department crime task force, Sessions’s statement said.
I know that Trump and his appointees are out to kill every molecule and keystroke of Obama's legacy, especially where science and facts were critical, but this is crazy. 
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