Climate scientists’ claims of email death threats go up in smoke
- by: Christian Kerr
- From: The Australian
- May 03, 2012 12:00AM
CLAIMS that some of Australia’s leading climate change scientists were subjected to death threats as part of a vicious and unrelenting email campaign have been debunked by the Privacy Commissioner.
Timothy Pilgrim was called in to adjudicate on a Freedom of Information application in relation to Fairfax and ABC reports last June alleging that Australian National University climate change researchers were facing the ongoing campaign and had been moved to “more secure buildings” following explicit threats.
Turns out all of those death threats to Australian climate scientists which were all the rage last summer where once again inventions of the delusional minds of alarmists and their accomplishes, the Left Stream Media, where actual investigative reporting is so passe.
When this idiotic story kicked off, there was no evidence and many asked to see the proof of such threats. None was forthcoming. So, Simon, the blogger at ACM issued a FOI request for “emails, transcript of telephone calls or messages that contained abuse, threats to kill and/or threats of harm to the recipient”. After getting stonewalled, as all good alarmists are want to do, (openness and honesty aren’t their forte) he got the case in front of a judge. Apparently, it was up to the judge to determine if releasing the emails would further jeopardize the poor victims.
So, the judge was assigned the daunting task of having to pour over all of the documents! The threats of life and limb (or just really mean words) which flooded Australian climate academia amounted the total sum of 11 correspondences.
In response to the appeal, Mr Pilgrim found 10 documents did not contain threats to kill or threats of harm.
Mr Pilgrim said of the 11th, a further email offering an account of an exchange that occurred at an off-campus event sponsored by members of the Climate Change Institute and other bodies: “I consider the danger to life or physical safety in this case to be only a possibility, not a real chance.”
But, all of this matters little to the extreme leftists who care little about truth, but much about political ends. I’m really surprised the Australian covered this at all. No word on how long they plan to retain the reporter to wrote this.
So, even the one e-mail, wasn’t a threat at all but, apparently one person’s account of something which happened off-campus.