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[liberationtech] Disturbing

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Thu Mar 21 07:55:36 PDT 2013

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is
being released by the American Political Science

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This afternoon, the United States Senate delivered a devastating blow to
the integrity of the scientific process at the National Science Foundation
(NSF) by voting for the Coburn Amendment to the Continuing Appropriations
Act of 2013.

Senator Coburn (R-OK) submitted an amendment (SA 65, as modified) to the
Mikulski-Shelby Amendment (SA 26) to H.R. 933 (Full-Year Continuing
Appropriations Act of 2013).  The amendment places unprecedented
restriction on the national research agenda by declaring the political
science study of democracy and public policy out of bounds.  The amendment
allows only political science research that promotes "national security or
the economic interests of the United States."

Adoption of this amendment is a gross intrusion into the widely-respected,
independent scholarly agenda setting process at NSF that has supported our
world-class national science enterprise for over sixty years.

The amendment creates an exceptionally dangerous slippery slope.  While
political science research is most immediately affected, at risk is *any
and all* research in *any and all* disciplines funded by the NSF.  The
amendment makes all scientific research vulnerable to the whims of
political pressure.

Adoption of this amendment demonstrates a serious misunderstanding of the
breadth and importance of political science research for the national
interest and its integral place on the nation's interdisciplinary
scientific research agenda.

Singling out any one field of science is short-sighted and misguided, and
poses a serious threat to the independence and integrity of the National
Science Foundation.

And shackling political science within the national science agenda is a
remarkable embarrassment for the world's exemplary democracy.

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*About the American Political Science Association
*Founded in 1903, the *American Political Science Association*
the leading professional organization for the study of political science
and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries. With a range of
programs and services for individuals, departments and institutions, APSA
brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions,
and occupational endeavors within and outside academe in order to expand
awareness and understanding of politics.

SOURCE American Political Science Association

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