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Saturday, August 03, 2019

They're members of a prestigious academic panel with top-secret clearances who've advised the Pentagon on some of America's most vexing national security issues since the Cold War. Over 60 years, they've won 11 Nobel prizes and conducted hundreds of government studies.

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The advisory group is a team of some 60 of America's top physicists and scientists who spend each summer in La Jolla, California, conducting studies commissioned by the Pentagon and other U.S. government agencies.

A day after Griffin moved to axe Jason, a 35-word blurb in the Federal Register announced the end of two other independent scientific boards, including the Navy Research Advisory Committee, which had advised the Navy and Marine Corps for 73 years.

The efforts to kill the scientific panels show how the Trump administration's crackdown on the role of independent science in the U.S. government is reaching into areas long thought immune from political influence.

"These are institutions of great technical expertise," said Sherri W. Goodman, a former member of the International Security Advisory Board, a State Department panel suspended shortly after Trump took office. "They are great repositories of national expertise and also scientific expertise that have helped keep America's competitive edge militarily."

This is not something that Trump ran on or anyone in the GOP ever said that they wanted to do. We have the military technology because of science not despite it as way too many Trumpers continue to falsely calculate. The damage this administration is doing throughout our federal government is unprecedented and will take years if not decades to repair.

But make no mistake, this is on the elected GOP representatives that know better yet remain silent while Trump burns Rome to the ground. There's is a legacy of cowardice heretofore unseen on such a massive scale when this nation's security is at stake.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-08-03 12:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

FTA:

"The Trump administration is not the first to seek to reduce independent advisory panels, though its effort appears more ambitious in terms of the number of cuts. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who served under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, cut a handful of boards during his tenure."

"In the 1960s, the Jasons invented a type of sensor that could detect enemy guerrillas in Vietnam and communicate their location to U.S. bombers. Four decades later, the group pushed back when the Pentagon sought to appoint some of Jason's scientists.

More recently, the Jasons determined that a rare jungle cricket, not a mysterious radio frequency weapon, likely caused the odd sound that U.S. diplomats in Cuba had suspected caused them to fall ill in late 2016. No definitive cause of the illnesses has been determined."

"...while Trump burns Rome to the ground"

LOL. They're an advisory board, TonyDrama. The Pentagon is advised by hundreds of sources. Probably a part of the expendature problem.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-03 12:58 AM | Reply

Increase the military budget and fire all the scientists. What is the logic here? Because only the orange sloth can save us. He knows everything already and has your best interest at heart.

#3 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-08-03 03:30 PM | Reply

Their function was probably outsourced to Israel.

#4 | Posted by Ray at 2019-08-03 03:39 PM | Reply

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism

Progressive sheep4trump pops up as always to defend trump and attack science just like a real bernie supporter would do.

You should use a different username for your trump defense posts (which is nearly all of them) and save this name for when you actually post something progressive (which is never).

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-08-03 04:54 PM | Reply

- attack science
#5 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

I'll bet you've never even heard of this group before or can name a single accomplishment without the Googles.

You're a ventriloquists dummy who spins its head and brays with buck teeth at the mere mention of Trump.

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-03 05:01 PM | Reply

"I'll bet you've never even heard of this group before or can name a single accomplishment without the Googles."

Relevance?

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-08-03 05:03 PM | Reply

If you're going to ignore anyone who doesn't agree with your "gut" why bother to pay them?

#8 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2019-08-03 05:09 PM | Reply

You're a ventriloquists dummy who spins its head and brays with buck teeth at the mere mention of Trump.

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism

The person who spouts ever trump talking point out of his mouth shouldn't really call anyone else ventriloquist dummy. Get a real job.

#9 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-08-03 06:47 PM | Reply

- The person who spouts ever trump talking point

Does "I support a sweeping ban of automatic weapons" sound like a Trump talking point?

How about "I support single-payer"? or..."removing money from politics"? A new federal election system?

#10 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-03 09:36 PM | Reply

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"Does "I support a sweeping ban of automatic weapons" sound like a Trump talking point?"

I see what you did there.

Automatic weapons are already heavily regulated, and cost so much they're not really within the grasp of people who'd want to use them for things like this.

That being said, Trump could warm up to it.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed President Donald Trump a victory by rejecting for the second time in three days a bid by gun rights activists to block his new ban on "bump stock" attachments that enable semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-08-03 10:22 PM | Reply

"I'll bet you've never even heard of this group before or can name a single accomplishment without the Googles."

American dominance in the world and American freedom. Other things too.

#12 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-08-04 12:00 AM | Reply

"You're a ventriloquists dummy who spins its head and brays with buck teeth at the mere mention of Trump."

I'll bet your owner can say that while drinking a glass of water. Joke is the biggest bentriloquist dummy on this site, bar none. He hasn't had an original thought in his wooden life.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2019-08-04 07:11 AM | Reply

If it's not already obvious, Trump is trying to do for the US what Putin did in Russia; get rid of any person or organization that can challenge him and put lap dogs in positions of power.

#14 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2019-08-04 07:16 AM | Reply

It's the word "scientist" that scares the bejeebes out of Trump.

Or anything else that starts with the letters A thru Z that's in a position to expose the con job he's running on America.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-08-04 07:17 AM | Reply

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