Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Whoa. Wait. What on Earth ... ?!
James Hansen, pictured here, is Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He is currently being questioned by a federal panel for his outspoken views on global warming. Hansen has indignantly called the the current Administration's tactics as being like those of Nazi Germany. (Strong words; I kind of wish he'd put it another way and not gone the blustering Bill O'Reilly route.) But essentially, Hansen is attacking the administration's rule that a government information officer listen in on his interviews with reporters and its outright refusal to allow him to be interviewed by National Public Radio.
"This is the United States," Hansen told the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee. "We do have freedom of speech here."
Republicans argue that it is reasonable for the government, which is Hansen's employer, to ask him not to state views publicly that contradict administration policy. Read about it here.