Federal Government Conspires To Deny Benefits

(Guest blogged by Logan Murphy)

The Government Accountability Office is looking into allegations that the Federal government conspired to limit benefits to ill and dying nuclear weapons workers. Some 60,000 workers referred to as "Special Exposure Cohorts", are waiting for help from the people who were supposed to protect them.

Rocky Mountain News:

Federal officials secretly schemed to limit payouts for sick and dying nuclear weapons workers, including thousands from the Rocky Flats plant outside Denver, newly released documents show.

The officials responsible for helping those workers went behind their boss's back, called on White House officials for help and tried to hide their efforts, according to internal e-mails and memos obtained by a congressional committee and posted on its Web site.

They also wanted to get the White House to override scientific decisions granting compensation and pack the program's advisory board with members less sympathetic to workers.

Labor officials say the plans were never carried out, and they deny trying to hide them.


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