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Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Tallbloke Search Warrant

Timothy Birdnow

Steve McIntyre has a copy of the search warrant that the police used to search Tallbloke's home and seize his computer. Tallbloke agreed to white out the detective's name, for reasons likely having to do with his personal security (Tallblokes; the cops had him surrounded).

According to McIntyre, journalists are exempted from this type of warrant, but in the U.K. bloggers are not considered journalists (I guess only those approved by government - like the BBC, who took money for promoting global warming.

For those who missed it, Tallbloke is the blogger who first broke the original Climategate, and he was the recipient of the new batch of e-mails that have been creating such a stir. Not just Phil Jones and company from the Climate Research Unit are involved this time; politicians and government people, as well as the United States Department of Justice and Department of Energy, are named in some damning e-mails. Crimes have been committed, and people could well go to jail. At the very least, lots of money will be lost. So, after receiving a threatening letter from the U.S. Justice Department, authorities (including police and other British government agents) raided Tallbloke's home and seized his computers. See my American Thinker piece.

So the Gang Green has their Brown, er, Greenshirts and stormtroopers invading people's homes and seizing their possessions to hide their crimes and protect their lies. We all knew this was coming; they have been calling for trials of Climate Change "deniers" and threatening them for years; remember Grist magazine calling for Nuremberg trials, or Heidi Cullen from The Weather Channel calling for the Meteorological Association to decertify any meteorologist who disputes Global Warming? What about the hit on Roy Spencer and Dan Braswell? The editor of Remote Sensing (Wolfgang Wagner) resigned and then trashed a paper they had written. He did not refute the paper, or publish a retraction. This fits with the discussion that "The Team" of Climategate had about threatening editors and forcing them to not publish "denier" papers or trash them.

From my AT article on the Wagner resignation:

"In 2003, Tom Wigley of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado targeted Hans Von Storch, editor of the journal Climate Research:

One approach is to go direct to the publishers and point out the fact that their journal is perceived as being a medium for disseminating misinformation under the guise of refereed work. I use the word 'perceived' here, since whether it is true or not is not what the publishers care about -- it is how the journal is seen by the community that counts. ... Mike's idea to get editorial board members to resign will probably not work -- must get rid of von Storch too, otherwise holes will eventually fill up with people like Legates, Balling, Lindzen, Michaels, Singer, etc.

Now, Von Storche believed that global warming was real and caused by humanity. He testified before Congress:

Based on the scientific evidence, I am convinced that we are facing anthropogenic climate change brought about by the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

But he had been critical of the CRU for refusing to share data. He would be forced to resign just days before becoming editor-in-chief at Climate Research."
End excerpt.

And then there was this bit:

"Ditto Geophysical Review Letters. In 2005 Michael Mann, then at the University of Virginia, e-mailed the Team:

Just a heads up. Apparently, the contrarians now have an "in" with GRL [Geophysical Research Letters]. This guy Saiers has a prior connection w/ the University of Virginia Dept. of Environmental Sciences that causes me some unease. I think we now know how the various Douglass et al papers w/ Michaels and Singer, the Soon et al paper, and now this one have gotten published in GRL

To which Tom Wigley replied:


This is truly awful. GRL has gone downhill rapidly in recent years. ... If you think that Saiers is in the greenhouse skeptics camp, then, if we can find documentary evidence of this, we could go through official AGU [American Geophysical Union] channels to get him ousted.

Editor James Saiers resigned shortly thereafter.

Not only getting editors fired, but squeezing prestigious journals became par for the course. Consider this exchange about the Royal Meteorological Society:

If the RMS [Royal Meteorological Society] is going to require authors to make ALL data available - raw data PLUS results from all intermediate calculations - I will not submit any further papers to RMS journals.

Ben Santer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

I'm having a dispute with the new editor of Weather. I've complained about him to the RMS Chief Exec. If I don't get him to back down, I won't be sending any more papers to any RMS journals and I'll be resigning from the RMS.

Phil Jones, CRU

End excerpt.

So, we have ample evidence that strongarm tactics have been a well-considered tactic among this crowd, and now much more is coming otu against them. This genie cannot be put back into the Djihn bottle, and so Gestapo tactics are going to be called for. Watch for more such in the future.

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