By Tim Blair
If this is revealed to be motivated by a wish to derail political action at Copenhagen or what may come after, those responsible have committed crimes against humanity.
This is a criminal act of vandalism and of harassment of a group of scientists that are only going about their business doing science. It represents a whole new escalation in the war on climate scientists who are only trying to get at the truth … This illegal act of cyber-terrorism against a climate scientist (and I don’t think that’s too strong a word) is ominous and frightening. What next? Deliberate monkeying with data on servers? Insertion of bugs into climate models? Or at the next level, since the forces of darkness have moved to illegal operations, will we all have to get bodyguards to do climate science?
He says “deliberate monkeying with data” as though it’s a bad thing. Keep on hiding the decline, Raymond. UPDATE II. Graham Readfearn provides “some perspective and context on this story” by using the word “illegal” four times. I prefer the term “civil disobedience”. UPDATE III. Previously from Andrew Revkin, whose NYT blog published Pierrehumbert’s exquisite howl:
The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, so they won’t be posted here.
A new slogan for the NYT: “All the news that is intended for the public eye.” Michael Goldfarb responds: “Of course, when the choice is between publishing classified information that might endanger the lives of U.S. troops in the field or intelligence programs vital to national security, that information is published without hesitation …” Another reason Revkin would prefer that the emails remain concealed: Revkin’s friendly missives are among them. Michael Mann calls him “Andy”. UPDATE IV. Paul Connor, currently starving himself because he thinks the weather is wrong, says breaking laws is just fine, especially when climate matters are involved. So our whistle-blower is off the hook.