It seems JPL scientists are in a struggle with heavy handed background checks at CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The new background checks, part of a Homeland Security effort to implement "Presidential Directive No. 12" (how Orwellian) requires JPL employees and contractors to sign waivers allowing government access to financial, medical and psychiatric records. They also are asked to fill out questionnaires on their personal lives and agree to allow their friends questioned.
Staggering. I’m glad I don’t work there anymore.
The LA Times also reports that many people at JPL "see the background checks as the first step toward establishing a system of intimidation that might be used to silence inconvenient science." The NASA administrator is said to be skeptical of human involvement in global warming. At one time I would have dismissed the idea of intentional intimidation as laughable, delusional paranoia. But that was then, this is now.