RICO-20 Campaign Against Sceptical Climate Scientists Revealed In Emails 

Posted: May 14, 2016 by oldbrew in FOI, Idiots, Legal

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The biter bit – H/T GWPF
Date: 14/05/16 Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal)Washington, D.C.

– Today the public came one big step closer to learning the truth behind how university professors launched “a national campaign” to have state attorneys general investigate and prosecute political opponents under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) — investigations which have now swept up think tanks and climate scientists who have dared challenge the climate agenda and claims made to force it into place.

Representing Christopher Horner and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, attorneys from the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic successfully argued that the public records of Professor Edward Maibach should now be disclosed to all, having previously been submitted to the court under a protective order.

Having reviewed these emails under seal, we were aware of their connection and importance to the ongoing and expanding abuses by state AGs to use law enforcement powers to go after opponents. On April 22, the Richmond (VA) Circuit Court held that the emails were public records, that they are not protected by any exemption and thus must be disclosed. Because they were being held secret under a protective order, and in light of the Court’s decision, today FME Law asked the court to dissolve the protective order and allow the records to be made public.

The Virginia Assistant Attorney General, representing George Mason University, asked the protective order remain in place and that the ruling be stayed while it appealed the underlying decision to the Supreme Court. After extensive oral argument, the Court concluded that the appeal would most likely fail and thus it dissolved the protective order, allowing the public to view records about a disgraceful campaign that the public paid for.

Director of the FME Law Clinic, David W. Schnare, commented: “We need to protect the work of academics as set forth in Freedom of Information Acts, which laws make exception for information that should be legitimately protected, for example relating to research. But when professors voluntarily enter the policy arena, particularly in this case when they use their positions specifically to advance a political agenda, they are no different than any other government employee and the law treats them accordingly.”

FME Law, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute, and others should now look forward to publicly discussing what this information reveals about the ongoing campaign by tax-payer funded academics, law enforcement officials, and major political party donors to use the offices of attorney general to prosecute and silence political opponents.

A total of 5 PDFs, 190 pages [access via GWPF report]

Source: RICO-20 Campaign Against Sceptical Climate Scientists Revealed In Emails | The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

  1. oldbrew says:

    Arrogant belief that you are right doesn’t cut it in court.

  2. A C Osborn says:

    I have read a few of the emails and it shows a blatant attempt to shut down free speach.
    It also shows that Shukla appears to believe Whitehouse that there is a Fossil Fuel Supplier conspiracy, you can tell that these people never get out of their Ivory Towers.
    They seem to have lost the ability for original thought and rely on groupthink.

  3. Tim Hammond says:

    One side makes data and information freely available, the other side doesn’t.

    Guess which one gets accused of racketeering.

  4. oldbrew says:

    ‘But when professors voluntarily enter the policy arena, particularly in this case when they use their positions specifically to advance a political agenda, they are no different than any other government employee and the law treats them accordingly.’

    Professors try to play politics and get their fingers burnt. Even if they do appeal to the Supreme Court it’s too late to stop the public seeing what they’ve been meddling in.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Delingpole exposes the Rico crowd even more…

    Sons of Climategate: Dodgy Scientists Caught Red-Handed by FOIA Lawsuit

  6. oldbrew says:

    In any walk of life if you operate outside your terms of employment using company property on company time, you’re on potentially dodgy ground. Then doing something that’s bound to create some kind of public stir is comically daft.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Some extracts from the e-mails of RICOgate conspirators. Watch as they dig a giant hole for themselves, then jump into it.

    Example: ‘I am confident that a concerted “truth” campaign can generate public indignation over the deceptions sponsored by the fossil fuel industry’

    Still confident?

    ‘The letter says “as climate scientists we…” and is signed by 20 people, including Maibach, who is not, by any definiton, a climate scientist.’

    Supposed to be a ‘truth’ campaign wasn’t it?

    Reply from a professor: ‘I am a global warming skeptic and I insist that any criminal prosecution of skeptics include me as well.

    You are a disgrace to the scientific profession.’

    Well said Prof. 🙂