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Most Corrupt Bush Appointees: George Deutsch


George Deutsch tried to censor scientists, lied on his resume

February 9, 2006, LOS ANGELES TIMES, By John Johnson, Jr. -- NASA public affairs official George C. Deutsch, 24, who has been accused of exerting political pressure on agency scientists, resigned his position late Tuesday the same day that Texas A&M University revealed he had not received the journalism degree there that he claimed.

One NASA official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions, said that Deutsch had worked on Bush's reelection campaign before being appointed to NASA headquarters in Washington. Deutsch became a controversial figure after the New York Times reported that one of NASA's top climate scientists, James E. Hansen, said that administration appointees had tried to get him to tone down his statements about the dangers of global warming. Deutsch had tried to prevent Hansen from giving an interview to National Public Radio, calling it "the most liberal" media outlet in the country, the newspaper reported.

Deutsch was also linked to a NASA headquarters advisory issued in October ordering that the word "theory" be added after every mention of the big bang, which proposes that the universe began with a gigantic explosion. "It is not NASA's place, nor should it be, to make a declaration such as this about the existence of the universe that discounts intelligent design by a creator," he is quoted as saying in the memo. "This is more than a science issue, it is a religious issue."

© 2006 Los Angeles Times

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