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ClimateGate: People need to go to jail

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Bill Dupray
Thursday, Nov 26th, 2009

As Robert Tracinski correctly notes, the Global Warming hoax is the scandal of the century. People should be investigated and prosecuted for perpetrating a fraud so large it makes Bernie Madoff look like Santa Claus.

Congressional Republicans are already looking into the Global Cooling cover-up.

Congressional Republicans have started investigating climate scientists whose hacked emails suggest they tried to squelch dissenting views about global warming.

An aide to Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said investigators are studying the documents, which unknown hackers stole last week from the computer of a prominent British climate-research center.

Investigators are focusing on the correspondence of White House Science Adviser John Holdren, he said. . . .

Separately, Sen. James Inhofe (R., Okla.), an outspoken critic of the view that humans are causing global warming, said that in light of the emails, he will call for an investigation into the state of climate science if the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works doesn’t act soon.

Here is a little sample of the fraud (with lots more at the link) we are talking about.

More seriously, in one e-mail, a prominent global warming alarmist admits to using a statistical “trick” to “hide the decline” in temperatures. Anthony Watts provides an explanation of this case in technical detail; the “trick” consists of selectively mixing two different kinds of data-temperature “proxies” from tree rings and actual thermometer measurements-in a way designed to produce a graph of global temperatures that ends the way the global warming establishment wants it to: with an upward “hockey stick” slope.

Confirming the earlier scandal about cherry-picked data, the e-mails show CRU scientists conspiring to evade legal requests, under the Freedom of Information Act, for their underlying data. It’s a basic rule of science that you don’t just get to report your results and ask other people to take you on faith. You also have to report your data and your specific method of analysis, so that others can check it and, yes, even criticize it. Yet that is precisely what the CRU scientists have refused.

So maybe it is time for people to start going to jail. In England, if these faux scientists deleted emails that were subject to FOIA requests, they are going to need good lawyers.

But university researchers may also find themselves in legal jeopardy if they deleted emails requested under the U.K.’s Freedom of Information (FOIA) legislation, a crime under U.K. law. . . .

“It’s definitely a crime to do that in the U.K., and we have reported it to the police,” said Simon Dunford, a spokesman at East Anglia, which is conducting an internal probe.

But the emails, which appear to be genuine, though their authenticity could not be confirmed, indicate a concerted effort to fight the FOI requests that may itself have slipped into questionable territory.

For instance, in May of 2008, the school received a legal information request for correspondence of an East Anglia researcher, Keith Briffa, involved in the preparation of the most recent scientific report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, known as AR4. Two days later, according to the alleged correspondence, Phil Jones, Director of the Climatic Research Unit, sent out an email to colleagues asking them to delete any such emails.

And while it would be nice to see a bunch of geeks doing the perp walk for geek crimes like FOIA violations, the real crime in this mammoth scam is the the fraud perpetrated on everyone in the world by the Warmers, from Al Gore on down to the MSM.

Governments all over the world (mostly those run by liberals and socialists) have spent hundreds of billions of dollars fighting a non-existent threat. All of those tax dollars could have gone to the taxpayers’ families for real needs like food and education. Instead, it was taken by governments in the form of taxes and given as grants to the Global Warming industry. These Global Warming taxes and regulations were designed to limit our freedom by controlling our thermostats, making us drive smaller cars, and outlawing big-screen TV’s. They even considered eliminating black cars.

If these emails are accurate, they have committed fraud on us, a crime that requires a willful and knowing intent to deceive. And when there is a group of them, all agreeing to participate in the crime, it is called a conspiracy.

In this country, if you solicit government money for a fraudulent purpose you pay a fine and go to jail.

In essence, government fraud refers to illegal acts that intentionally divest the government of funds through deception or scams. When the government gets swindled, taxpayers pay the price. Government fraud is a serious crime, and is generally pursued to the fullest extent of the law. In fact, in many government fraud cases, both criminal and civil charges are brought against the defendant.

The Federal False Claims Act makes it illegal to present a false claim in order to defraud the government, or to conspire to do so. . . . The penalties for government fraud under the False Claims Act are quite harsh. A convict must pay back three times the amount stolen in addition to a civil fine of $5,000 to $10,000.

And under the Criminal Statutes the penalty is up to 5 years in prison.

Hmmm, isn’t Al Gore’s company going to benefit directly from trading in the carbon credits contemplated by Cap and Trade? Didn’t Al Gore testify before Congress to have them pass Cap and Trade? Doesn’t Al Gore know all about Global Warming? Aren’t all these phony scientists the experts Gore said proved the science was settled?

It is high time we shut down government-funded Global Warming projects, repeal regulations designed to reduce Global Warming, kill Cap and Trade, and most of all, round up all these swindlers and throw them all in jail.

This article was posted: Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 5:18 am

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