The agency's move sets a low bar for future approvals of genetically engineered animals for human consumption.
Senators were questioning why the Defense Department was restricting a government watchdog. Now there are criminal investigations and questions about retaliation.
Tom Engelhardt, cofounder of the American Empire Project and author of The United States of Fear as well as The End of Victory Culture, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His latest book, coauthored with Nick Turse, is Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050.