Aug 1, 2005
The Bush administration has a way of burying reports it doesn't like.
The U.S. Labor Department had commissioned the International Labor Rights Fund to do a report on labor conditions in Central America. This was in preparation for the passage of the Central American Free Trade Act, or CAFTA.
When the report was completed, it concluded that working conditions in Central America are horrible, and that any labor laws that exist, go unenforced.
The Labor Department promptly sat on the report, and refused to release it for over a year. It finally released it last April.
The Labor Department explained its refusal by calling the findings "biased and academically flawed." In other words, the report laid out the bare, unvarnished truth.