Secrecy in anti-terror war stifles science. (Security Beat).The federal government's efforts to protect the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. against terrorist attacks are having "profound effects" on the climate for scientific research in this country, warned Albert Teich, director of science and policy programs for the American Association for the Advancement of Science American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), private organization devoted to furthering the work of scientists and improving the effectiveness of science in the promotion of human welfare. .
The war against terrorism is changing the research and development priorities of federal agencies, national laboratories, universities and private corporations, Teich said.
Even though the government is pushing science and technology as necessary ingredients to fight the anti-terrorism war, both at home and abroad, "it is developing policies that could cause serious, long-term damage to the science and technology enterprise," Teich charged. He spoke at a seminar sponsored recently by the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, in Arlington, Va.
Resulting from those policies, Teich said, is "a growing atmosphere of secrecy secrecy
see confidentiality. and nationalism nationalism, political or social philosophy in which the welfare of the nation-state as an entity is considered paramount. Nationalism is basically a collective state of mind or consciousness in which people believe their primary duty and loyalty is to the in this country that poses the most serious challenge to the traditional values Traditional values refer to those beliefs, moral codes, and mores that are passed down from generation to generation within a culture, subculture or community. Since the late 1970s in the U.S. of openness and free communication in science that we have seen in many years."
The large number of foreign students pursuing science and engineering degrees in U.S. universities--widely regarded as an asset to national research capabilities--is viewed as a threat in some quarters, Teich said.
He said that the notion of "sensitive but unclassified The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter.
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