It is a part of being a scientist to participate in the technical assessments of ongoing research in areas of interest.
Agreed. Which is why it is all the more appalling that your buddies went before congress to stop any funding being diverted to the area of ongoing research of a phenomena, that if shown to work, would literally save the world.
In science, 'critical review' is a required part of the process, and that means 'critics' and 'criticisms' are present, expected, and needed.
Again, agreed. But don't you think that criticism should be genuine and not self-interested? I'm not referring to your criticism, per se, but to criticisms and subterfuge carried out by the larger plasma fusion community.