British Police Raid Climategate Blogger's Home
There is often a price to pay for miracles. Several years back a miracle occured at Climate Audit, the website of Steve McIntyre (the man who debunked Michael Mann's Hockey Stick graph); a slew of e-mails hacked or leaked from the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia were released via a Russian server, exposing the private plottings of the group now often called The Team to subvert the science of Global Warming, to intimidate editors of journals, to get alarmist papers peer-reviewed and ban papers from those who do not see Global Warming as a crisis. It was damning stuff. The person who posted the link on Climate Audit merely stated "a miracle has occurred".
And now a second batch of e-mails has appeared at CA and at a couple of other sites, particularly Tallbloke's Talkshop. They are even more damning than the last - and the Empire decided to strike back.
Police in England raided Tallbloke's home, seizing his computers.
Tallbloke, McIntyre, and Jeff Id at Airvent all received the following from the U.S. DOJ:
U.S. Department of Justice
1301 New York Avenue, NW, 6th floor
Washington, DC 20005
December 9, 2011
VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL
60 29th Street #343
San Francisco, CA 94110
Re: Request for Preservation of Records
Dear Automattic Inc.:
Pursuant to Title 18, United States Code, Section 2703(f), this letter is a formal request for the preservation of all stored communications, records, and other evidence in your possession
regarding the following domain name(s) pending further legal process: http://tallbloke.wordpress.com, http://noconsensus.wordpress.com, and http://climateaudit.org ("the Accounts") from 00:01 GMT Monday 21 November 2011 to 23:59 GMT Wednesday 23 November 2011.
I request that you not disclose the existence of this request to the subscriber or any other person, other than as necessary to comply with this request. If compliance with this request might result in a permanent or temporary termination of service to the Accounts, or otherwise alert any user of the Accounts as to your actions to preserve the information described below, please contact me as soon as possible and before taking action. End of request.
Ron De Haan notes at Sullivan's Travelers:
That the crackdown has been directed at exactly these three Skeptic Climate Blogs is no coincidence.
The Air Vent received the first batch of ClimateGate e-mails shortly before the opening of the Copenhagen Climate Meeting and together with Tallbloke's Talkshop they received the second release shortly before the Durban Climate Meeting.
Steve McIntyre from Climate Audit has been responsible for debunking the infamous hockey stick graph from Michael Mann and caused the UN IPCC lot's of headaches with his sharp analysis.
I wondered why the ClimateGate II e-mails are so much different from the ClimateGate I e-mails that they have triggered this crackdown and the answer is evident when we take a closer look at an e-mail with the number 5310 I found as a posting at Musings from the Chiefio. The ClimateGate I e-mails were limited to communication between scientists.
This time the e-mails contain the names of political leaders, government departments, institutions and... a potentially explosive content.
A Freedom of Information request produced some interesting results. to see a message thread involving government people and people from the University of East Anglia strategizing on how best to present things to the public, go here.
The thread shows that the British government was colluding with scientists . Be sure to note the e-mail addresses.
So, now the long knives are coming out. The leftists, the ruling class, the environmentalists pinned all of their hopes on Global Warming, and these leaked e-mails are finishing it. We are now seeing acts of desperation.
Keep an eye on this, folks; this situation could explode!
Timothy Birdnow is a St. Louis based writer. He blogs at www.tbirdnow.mee.nu.