Monday, March 14, 2005

Surprising?

Hardly:

WASHINGTON -- The Homeland Security Department's former independent watchdog says he was twice summoned to then-Secretary Tom Ridge's office last year and asked why his reports criticizing the agency were being sent to Congress and whether they could be presented more favorably to the department.

Ridge "was trying to get me not to give things to Congress and also to try to spin reports in a way most favorable to the department, and I resisted both of those," former Inspector General Clark Kent Ervin said in an interview.


Of course, Ridge denies it. But this administration has a habit of suppressing dissenting points of view in favor of more "friendly" ones.