Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) Sues NASA for Refusal to Release Documents Requested Under Freedom of Information Act

In case you haven’t yet downloaded your copy of the Climategate emails and data, you should be aware that NASA’s James Hansen was actively corresponding with CRU’s Asinine Global Warmists:

“Climate Gate” Development: CEI Files Notice of Intent to Sue NASA
By Chris Horner on 11.24.09 – American Spectator

Today, on behalf of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, I filed three Notices of Intent to File Suit against NASA and its Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), for those bodies’ refusal – for nearly three years – to provide documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

The information sought is directly relevant to the exploding “ClimateGate” scandal revealing document destruction, coordinated efforts in the U.S. and UK to avoid complying with both countries’ freedom of information laws, and apparent and widespread intent to defraud at the highest levels of international climate science bodies. Numerous informed commenters had alleged such behavior for years, all of which appears to be affirmed by leaked emails, computer codes and other data from the Climatic Research Unit of the UK’s East Anglia University.

All of that material and that sought for years by CEI go to the heart of the scientific claims and campaign underpinning the Kyoto Protocol, its planned successor treaty, “cap-and-trade” legislation and the EPA’s threatened regulatory campaign to impose similar measures through the back door.

CEI sought the following documents, among others, NASA’s failure to provide which within thirty days will prompt CEI to file suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia:

– internal discussions about NASA’s quiet correction of its false historical U.S. temperature records after two Canadian researchers discovered a key statistical error, specifically discussion about whether and why to correct certain records, how to do so, the impact or wisdom or potential (or real) fallout therefrom or reaction to doing so (requested August 2007);

– internal discussions relating to the emails sent to James Hansen and/or Reto A. Ruedy from Canadian statistician Steve McIntyre calling their attention to the errors in NASA/GISS online temperature data (August 2007);

– those relating to the content, importance or propriety of workday-hour posts or entries by GISS/NASA employee Gavin A. Schmidt on the weblog or “blog” RealClimate, which is owned by the advocacy Environmental Media Services and was started as an effort to defend the debunked “Hockey Stick” that is so central to the CRU files. is implicated in the leaked files, expressly offered as a tool to be used “in any way you think would be helpful” to a certain advocacy campaign, including an assertion of Schmidt’s active involvement in, e.g., delaying and/or screening out unhelpful input by “skeptics” attempting to comment on claims made on the website.

This and the related political activism engaged in are inappropriate behavior for a taxpayer-funded employee, particularly on taxpayer time. These documents were requested in January 2007 and NASA/GISS have refused to date to comply with their legal obligation to produce responsive documents.

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3 Comments on “Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) Sues NASA for Refusal to Release Documents Requested Under Freedom of Information Act”

  1. tgusa Says:

    Over the years I have noticed that fruitcakes tend to gather at places like NASA or SETI. These people are not human yet they insist on searching for ET somewhere else.

    Have you ever seen the clip of Carl the alien Sagan making fun of Reagan and the fledgling ABM program of the early eighties? Bzzt, bzzt, Carl thought that Reagan was insane for thinking we could, “hit a bullet with a bullet”. People forget, Star wars was meant to ridicule Reagan and ABM believers, it was not meant as a complement.

    This is much more than fraud it is a criminal conspiracy to wreck our civilization and should be treated as such.

  2. tgusa Says:

    There has to be something more than just some scientists with expanding o-zone layers conspiring to change the climate. Even Einstein’s theories are still drug out and kicked around now and then and so would theirs and they know it. So what is the gain? You have to believe it is a takeover and they wont have to worry about questions in the world that they create where humams are reduced to livestock. It may have the look of the planet of the apes but I smell communists on this one.

  3. Dukem Says:

    NASA has patriotic people at the bottom who work for the best interest of the taxpayers. It ts the corrupt bureaucratic management like so may places that has been derailing the great things that could have been produced. The managers get their bonuses for cutting corners on cost and schedules. Compromised products are produced as a result. All the accidents at NASA occurred because of bad management decisions, not engineering mistakes. Why did Goddard sell its soul? For the research grant money and accolades. The patriots who tried to stop it, got squashed. Bad managers can fire good employees. But bad managers are very difficult to remove. Careful with the friendly fire; i.e. “fruitcakes”. “Outside the box” thinkers have a beneficial place in research.

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