The Bush administration has just released a scientific study that proves these bad-mouthing scientists are all actually terrorists. The Globe and Mail reports anyway: Some of the most influential scientists in the United States have gone public with disquieting accusations that the Bush administration has suppressed and distorted scientific findings, manipulated research and stacked government advisory panels to suit its political objectives. "When scientific knowledge has been found to be in conflict with its political goals, the administration has often manipulated the process through which science enters into its decisions," the Union of Concerned Scientists said last week after releasing the results of its investigation into the alleged abuses. Politicians often must weigh conflicting scientific claims or inconclusive evidence when setting policy, and they may ignore scientists' recommendations for any number of reasons. But it is quite another matter to interfere blatantly in their work and misuse their results on the scale cited by the scientists' group. Among the examples provided: A report on high mercury levels in women of child-bearing age was delayed; antibiotic research that could have had an adverse effect on major hog producers was squelched; and a committee examining lead poisoning in children was filled with researchers connected to the lead industry.