BREAKING NEWS!! Just confirmed by Hill staff: Pentagon has terminated the contract of JASON, the independent science advisory group that Congress & the public rely on for assessment of many technical issues. This is a travesty & will lead to more ill-informed, bad government.
The JASON group, which rotates members (I don't think there were lifetime appointments), included some of the smartest, most accomplished scientists in the world. People at the stature of Freeman Dyson, Richard Feynman, Terry Tao, Edward Witten, James Watson, Claude Shannon, and others -- though maybe not these specific scientists.
The JASON group was perhaps the first to call serious attention to the Global Warming, in a secret report in 1979:
This was long before it was a political issue, and JASON tries not to be political at all. They see their mission as giving a sober assessment of potential threats to the United States of America.
I can see why politicians (and political appointees) bothered by facts, who think they can make their own facts, want to get rid of JASON.
But it will leave the U.S. less prepared in the event of catastrophe, and remove a voice of reason if we go to war.