The Great Lakes are dangerously polluted, but you wouldn’t know it from the information released by the Center For Disease Control (CDC). A 400-page CDC report was recently suppressed, according to the Center for Public Integrity, because it contained “alarming information” on rising infant mortality and cancer rates in the Great Lakes region. The report was subsequently leaked due to journalist Sheila Kaplan who said people in the CDC believe it was “suppressed because the government does not want to alarm the public about a problem that the government cannot fix, or at least cannot fix in the near future.”
For many more examples of information suppression under the Bush administration, read Bush Hits the Delete Button from the Mar.-Apr. issue of Utne Reader.