On campuses nationwide, professors and administrators have passionately debated whether their universities should accept money for research from tobacco companies. But not at Virginia Commonwealth University, a public institution in Richmond, Va.
That is largely because hardly any faculty members or students there know that there is something to debate — a contract with extremely restrictive terms that the university signed in 2006 to do research for Philip Morris USA, the nation’s largest tobacco company and a unit of Altria Group.
ALAN FINDER, New York Times, May 22, 2008
I heard an interview with Tim Shorrock (on his new book Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing) and he said intelligence reports ought to be seen as covered with corporate stickers, like Nascar jackets. Apparently, at least some research is no different.