Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Unmasking Professional Attacks

There is a very interesting video of a lecture "The General Public: Why Such Resistance?"(lasting 1:46:20, so have some free time to spare) by Ben Santer, a research scientist from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, discussing problems with the (mis?)use of the freedom of information act for non-US citizens to demand complete records, including emails, on scientific research projects.

It is an eye-opener, exposing the dangers of working in the front lines of climate research. There is clearly a movement interested in suppressing science, when it conflicts with some ideology. Only a totalitarian regime could do a better job of attacking the discoverers of inconvenient knowledge. The USA is teetering at the top of a slippery slope and the Tea Party seems more than willing to provide the final push. So much for "The Land of the Free".

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