|NORFOLK POLICE WERE JUST MAKING IT UP|
|Written by Mike|
|Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:17|
|In the Climategate investigation summary Norfolk police made two specific allegations:
These two sections show this very clearly:
The “Significant commercial” interests was particularly interesting to us, because the Norfolk police in their investigations had identified sources of funding which we were not aware of and as SCEF is almost broke this had to be followed up. So, we sent off an FOI asking for any details.
However they also … let’s put it bluntly … lied about what sceptics think. If they wanted to know, all they had to do was ask sceptics and e.g. we now have it summarised in “The Sceptic View“
So we also asked:
What was the source of information that led to the statement about our beliefs in this statement: “climate change sceptics who variously believe that climate change is not happening or if it is, that mankind is not responsible”.
This is their response (highlighting is ours)
Freedom of Information Request Reference No: FOI 225/12/13
I write in connection with your request for information received by the Norfolk Constabulary on the 7th September 2012. Your request related to references to ‘commercial interests’ in a report published by the Constabulary about the investigation into the theft of emails from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in 2009.
Norfolk Constabulary does not hold the information you have requested. The references to ‘commercial interests’ in the report was purely in a context sense, to indicate to any person and not just those well-versed in the subject, that the theft of these emails had very broad implications because the debate about climate change is extremely complex and has a wide range of stakeholders. The function of the Constabulary was to conduct a criminal investigation into the theft, and there was no intention to enter into or comment on the wider debate. The published information stated that it was necessary to conduct a proportionate investigation, with the technical examination of how the theft took place being the central line of enquiry. There is a wealth of publically available information setting out the various aspects of the climate change debate and the Constabulary’s report was clear in referencing the ‘Blogoshpere’ as a source of such information.
This response will be published on the Norfolk Constabulary’s web-site http://www.norfolk.police.uk under the Freedom of Information pages at Publication Scheme – Disclosure Logs.
Should you have any further queries concerning this request, please contact me quoting the reference number shown above.
They were just making it up as they went along or, as they failed to answer the question about the source of their comment about us, they, like the University of East Anglia before them, are intentionally breaking FOI law.
And the real irony: the reason they can get away with it is because they know we do not have commercial interests behind us to take them to the cleaners through the courts.