National security, lies and treason

You’re probably further down the track than I am on this:

I have seen apparent proof that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division, is working with United Kingdom police to pursue the leaker of the 2009 and 2011 “Climategate” emails.

I have learned that last week DOJ sent a search-and-seizure letter to the host of three climate-change “skeptic” blogs. Last night, UK police raided a blogger’s home and removed computers and equipment.

The leaked records derailed “cap-and-trade” legislation in the U.S. and, internationally, as well as talks for a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. The emails and computer code were produced with taxpayer funds and held on taxpayer-owned computers both in the US and the UK, and all were subject to the UK Freedom of Information Act, the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and state FOIA laws.

They also were being unlawfully withheld in both the UK (by the University of East Anglia) and the U.S. (Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), including stonewalling me for two years, and three other requesters for longer).

The hunt involving U.S. and UK law enforcement agencies is now escalating. On Wednesday night UK time, six detectives with the UK police (Norfolk Police Department) raided the home of at least one blogger, removing his equipment to look for clues to the identity of leaker “FOIA 2011.”

Couple that with AK Haart’s piece on Treason and why people are avoiding the word and we’re suddenly in the debate on who is the traitor – the whistleblower or the government agent who wants things left covered up for “national security” reasons – interesting how they invoke “National” when what they’re about is treason to that nation or at a minimum, lying to its people.

I don’t think we need go much further than this for a reason not to allow big government to proliferate – it’s never ever for our ultimate benefit.  But we knew this, did we not?

[H/T Chuckles]

3 comments for “National security, lies and treason

  1. Rossa
    December 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

    An interesting story to illustrate your point about Treasonous behaviour by either an individual(s) or PTB.

    Said blogger is Tallbloke in West Yorkshire, James. He was the first to be contacted by the person(s) unknown about the release of CG2 emails. For that “crime” he has had his computers removed, hard drives will be cloned, and hopefully then he will get his kit back.

    Interestingly, the DOJ notice was issued to WordPress (an American company)and was to make sure that company kept it’s records for 90 days that related to Jeff ID, Tallbloke and the other blogger. It did not cover records on Tallbloke’s laptops, so why raid his home? He is trying to find out on what grounds the Police got a warrant from the Magistrate. You can read for yourself what TB has to say about it:

    http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/

    There is plenty of comment on WUWT, JoNova, Jeff ID’s blog and others to give more background to the story.

    And to top it off the Guardian has not only named TB but also his employer, putting his job in jeopardy. I don’t know what job he does, but if there are any customer records on his computers I wonder if the Police are able to comply with the DPA?

    And an American blogger has already libelled him as well. It could as easily happen to any blogger which is why the climate sceptic blogosphere will rally round to help all those targeted.

    As Anthony at WUWT says:

    “Strange and troubling that they’d seize his computers for comments dropped onto a US service (wordpress.com) from the cloud. There wouldn’t be any record on his PC’s of the event from FOIA’s placing comments, that would be in the wordpress.com server logs.”

    The suggestion is that this is part of a government effort to locate the thief/whistleblower FOIA before the last tranche of emails is released. Speculation is that they contain details of politicians in the UK and US and Company Execs who will be implicated in the Climate Change scenario used to increase regulation and taxation. This could make Wikileaks look child’s play by comparison.

  2. December 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Looking on the bright side, somebody must be really upset about Climategate 2. My sympathies are with Tallbloke who I’ve been reading for ages – I hope it works out well for him.

  3. Lord T
    December 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    National Security- The age old cry of the oppressor. Jean-Luc Picard

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