She may not have called Conrgessional GOP “jack-booted thugs”, but Lisa Jackson did call the America Tradition Institute’s effort to get Climategater Michael Mann’s e-mails through the Freedom of Information Act “criminal.”
At about 32:20 into the video of her speech at Berkeley, during the Q&A period, Jackson says,
One of the things that drives me nuts are… you know… we have scientists being sued, we have climate scientists who are being persecuted, prosecuted, through persecuted by prosecution, by doing, for doing their job. I think that’s, I think that’s criminal.
Jackson is of course referring to the ongoing effort by the American Tradition Institute to gain access through FOIA to Michael Mann’s e-mails from the University of Virginia (UVa).
Rather tha simply hand over public records under the law, however, UVa has copted to fight the FOIA request in the courts and now Mann, himself, has intervened (just this week).
But as is obvious, this is hardly a prosecution or persecution. It is simply an effort to use FOIA to obtain public records. Since when is FOIA a criminal act?
Who is actually doing any persecuting/prosecuting concerning Climategate? Ironically that person is Michael Mann.
Mann alleges in a Canadian lawsuit that skeptic Tim Ball defamed him by saying that Mann,
should be in the State Pen, not Penn State.
Mann also threatened to sue Minnesotans for Global Warming for their hilarious 2009 “Hide the Decline” YouTube video.
The later event prompted JunkScience to author “Michael Mann: Defamed or defined by “Hide the decline”?”
Mann’s lawsuit against Ball is ongoing. Click to contribute to his legal defense fund.