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* Ike Solem: the work of the NAS committee is suspect … according to the bylaws of the National Academy of Sciences itself

Posted by DXer on February 21, 2011

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Ike Solem states in his recent comment (2/21/11) …

  • the work of the NAS committee is suspect … according to the bylaws of the National Academy of Sciences itself:
  • an agency of the U.S. Government may not use any advice or recommendation provided by the National Academy of Sciences that was developed by use of a committee created by the Academy under an agreement with a Federal agency unless
    • the committee was not subject to any actual management or control by a Federal agency or officer
    • the Academy has complied with various other requirements regarding public access to committee meetings (including public summaries of certain committee meetings not open to the public) and written materials presented to the committee, as well as public access to completed reports provided to the sponsor by the Academy and the identities of the principal Academy reviewers of such reports. . .”
  • “the institution must make its best efforts to ensure that no individual appointed to serve on the committee has a conflict of interest that is relevant to the functions to be performed. . .”
    • Most of the committee members have ties, direct or indirect, to the “biodefense” contracting cash flows that were instituted in response to the anthrax letters – well over $50 billion by this time, correct?

The FBI interfered repeatedly with the committee work

… and much of the material is being kept from the public

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LMW COMMENT …

  • Does anyone know if the NAS ever spoke publicly on these issues?
  • NAS – if you’re reading this – you are welcome to comment here on the CASE CLOSED blog.

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3 Responses to “* Ike Solem: the work of the NAS committee is suspect … according to the bylaws of the National Academy of Sciences itself”

  1. DXer said

    There was an opportunity to raise any conflicts of interest at the beginning. There were no conflicts of interest discovered then and none have appeared since that time. Such conflicts of interest are addressed using defined terms and not through the lens of political activists. If someone alleges a specific conflict of interest, they should quote the regulations and the evidence. Otherwise, it is simply a baseless and unsupported allegation uninformed by the actual controlling language regarding conflicts of interest.

    • DXer said

      Having said that, on a minor note, the NAS needs to revise the listing for the January 2011 meeting and list the individuals who presented. Presenters were identified in the report but it was not presented in February 2010 and who presented in January 2011.

      • DXer said

        More broadly, as I have often pointed out, there was a violation of the Federal Advisory Committee Act by reason of the failure to produce the documents at a time when participation would have been meaningful. As an example, if the documents had been produced, controlled experiments using Percoll as a density gradient could have been provided.

        But the way our legal system works, unless someone cares enough to bring suit to seek to enjoin reliance on the report, then it will be let slide. I don’t even see the posters on this board motivated enough to actually obtain and read the record — and so little point is served complaining the NAS did not produce the same documents sooner.

        There is on-point recent precedent in the District of Columbia that would lead to a successful result. Bot then again, why would anyone want to enjoin it? It is basically a hall of mirrors, not saying much of anything specific — behind which a lot of people can hide.

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