Political Interference with Science

  • Paul M. Cole


In this chapter, Dr. Cole provides an unprecedented inside look at how politics has interfered with the science and the integrity of the process of human skeletal identification. The chapter documents how the US military’s culture of corruption, “pencil whipping,” and “ethical fading” inflicted damage on the accounting program.

Whenever the forensic science of human skeletal identification has been subjected to political interference, members of Congress and senior DoD officials have openly supported the political control of forensic science.

Dr. Cole presents convincing evidence that in the United States, political control of the science of the DoD’s human skeletal identification program is a continuation of a pattern of political and ideological interference with science that has origins in the earliest days of the nation’s colonial past.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul M. Cole
    • 1
  1. 1.NashvilleUSA

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