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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Jackbooting Climate Bloggers

Ron De Haan directs our attention to Jeff Id, one of the recipients of the Climategate II e-mails AND one of those "honored" with a threatening letter from the U.S. Department of Justice shortly before the raid on Tallbloke's computers.

From Jeff's post:

Anyway, I sort of gave an earful to the various reporters that contacted me. I even quoted one guys stuff back to him asking how the emails could be out of context 8 hours after their release when nobody could have possibly read them in that time – let alone attempt to put them all ‘out of context’.

Lies and obfuscation. So the Sara Reardon, from the AAAS who wrote originally in her Son of Climategate post – “There’s nothing really new in a second massive cache of e-mails” – on the actual day of their release which was weeks before anyone could have actually read them, got a bit of an earful from me. She made a far better article from my email which can be read here. Still I think Sara may have a good idea of what is actually going on and her questions reminded me of something which she linked to that Congressman Markey wrote on the 22nd – the day of Climategate 2.0. In the quote, Markey is such a nutjob that he actually compares climate talks with nuclear arms talks. HIS bold, my red.

“This is clearly an attempt to sabotage the international climate talks for a second time, and there has not been enough attention paid to who is responsible for these illegal acts,” said Rep. Markey, who is the top Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee and is the co-author of the only climate bill to pass a chamber of Congress. “If this happened surrounding nuclear arms talks, we would have the full force of the Western world’s intelligence community pursuing the perpetrators. And yet, with the stability of our climate hanging in the balance with these international climate treaty negotiations, these hackers and their supporters are still on the loose. It is time to bring them to justice.”

End quote.

Having had my say by email, Sara wrote a more accurate article than the original where she quoted me:

"In an e-mail to Science Insider, Id, the U.S. blogger, said that he had not been contacted by DOJ, but said he would find such a raid intimidating and questioned what the police hoped to find. “The only things they could find on Roger’s computer that they can’t get from WordPress (our collective blog host company) would be direct communications with the FOIA group which I have not had, and I am certain that others haven’t either,” he wrote. “The link was dropped on our blogs by an unknown person and becomes public the moment it is dropped. There is no mechanism for us to prevent this kind of thing. … We are simply climate bloggers who got a link showing the corruption of climate science in full view.”

End quote.


Democrats in Congress want to use the power of the United States government to jackboot freedom of speech. Amazing, but not really surprising. This is the direction the Gang Green has been taking, and government will support anything that expands it's power.

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