FDA whistleblowers victims of snooping by agency

This is remarkable - and a little frightening. The FDA was spying on some scientists who were raising a stink that some medical imaging devices were exposing people to too much radiation. They were criticizing the approval procedures of the FDA, which the agency didn't like, so the feds set up a sophisticated snooping operation that caught 80,000 pages of documents and emails. And the problem for the agency is that the doctors were right. A review of the approval process found "that the scientists' medical claims were valid enough to warrant a full investigation into what it termed 'a substantial and specific danger to public safety.'" New York Times: Moving to quell what one memorandum called the "collaboration" of the F.D.A.'s opponents, the surveillance operation identified 21 agency employees, Congressional officials, outside medical researchers and journalists thought to be working together to put out negative and "defamatory" information about the agency. F.D.A. officials...(Read Full Post)