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Boxer: CRU Hackers “Committed Crime”

From The Hill:

Boxer: Hackers should face criminal probe over ‘Climategate’

By Michael O’Brien – 12/02/09

Leaked e-mails allegedly undermining climate change science should be treated as a criminal matter, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Wednesday afternoon.

Boxer, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said that the recently released e-mails, showing scientists allegedly overstating the case for climate change, should be treated as a crime.

"You call it ‘Climategate’; I call it ‘E-mail-theft-gate,’" she said during a committee meeting. "Whatever it is, the main issue is, Are we facing global warming or are we not? I’m looking at these e-mails, that, even though they were stolen, are now out in the public."

The e-mails, from scientists at the University of East Anglia, were obtained through hacking. The messages showed the director of the university’s Climate Research Unit discussing ways to strengthen the unit’s case for global warming. Climate change skeptics have seized on the e-mails, arguing that they demonstrate manipulation in environmental science.

Boxer said her committee may hold hearings into the matter as its top Republican, Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.), has asked for, but that a criminal probe would be part of any such hearings.

"We may well have a hearing on this, we may not. We may have a briefing for senators, we may not," Boxer said. "Part of our looking at this will be looking at a criminal activity which could have well been coordinated."

"This is a crime," Boxer said.

As usual Ms. Boxer is behind the curve. The preponderance of evidence suggests that this was an inside job performed by a whistleblower.

But whistleblowers are only heroic to the left when they hurt the US or its image.

For instance, here is another story in the news today, from the Associated Press:

AP Enterprise: Crew blames capt. for pirate attack

By John Curran, Associated Press Writer – Wed Dec 2

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Richard Phillips, the ship captain toasted as a hero after he was taken captive by Somali pirates, ignored repeated warnings last spring to keep his freighter at least 600 miles off the African coast because of the heightened risk of attack, some members of his crew now allege.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show that maritime safety groups issued at least seven such warnings in the days before outlaws boarded the Maersk Alabama about 380 miles off the shore of Somalia.

A piracy expert and the captain’s second-in-command say Phillips had the prerogative to heed the warnings or not. But some crew members — including the chief engineer, the helmsman and the navigator — say he was negligent not to change course after learning of the pirate activity.

"If you go to the grocery store and eight people get mugged on that street, wouldn’t you go a different way?" said the ship’s navigator, Ken Quinn, of Tampa, Fla.

Sailing beyond the 600-mile threshold would have added more than a day to the Alabama’s voyage to Mombasa, Kenya, and used extra fuel, according to the ship’s previous captain, who said Phillips had years of experience sailing in those dangerous waters.

Four of the 20 crew members told the AP that they blame Phillips for the hijacking.

"He caused this, and we all know it," said chief engineer Mike Perry of Riverview, Fla. "All the Alabama crew knows about it."

Maersk Line officials would not comment on the advisories or on Phillips’ handling of them, citing the pending legal cases.

SecureWest International, a maritime security organization that issued several of the advisories, would not respond to requests for comment.

The AP obtained copies of the advisories from a fifth crew member who did not want to be interviewed on the record.

The Alabama’s crew was apparently unaware of the advisories during the April 8 attack and the five days Phillips was held hostage in a lifeboat by three pirates. Navy SEAL sharpshooters freed him by killing the men.

Crew members found the warnings in the ship’s computer system when the Alabama returned to sea, Perry said.

On March 24, SecureWest warned of pirate attacks east of Somalia that had taken place more than 500 nautical miles offshore. It advised ships to "consider maintaining a distance of more than 600 nautical miles from the coastline."

On April 1, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organization — a joint military command that coordinates anti-piracy efforts around the Horn of Africa — reported a recent passenger ship hijacking, gave the longitude and latitude of where it happened, and repeated the 600-mile recommendation in an e-mail addressed to "Maersk Alabama — Master."

Over the next six days, SecureWest repeated the recommendation in an e-mail to the Alabama that reported an April 2 attack

Notice anything?

This story is based upon private emails stolen from the Maersk Alabama’s computer.

But the Associated Press somehow failed to mention that.

Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Boxer: CRU Hackers “Committed Crime””

  1. caligirl9 says:

    Why don’t they work on getting rid of the Nigerian 419 scam before they investigate this “crime?” More people are harmed by 419s than have been harmed by global warming/climate change or whatever they are calling it this week.

    The real crime is all of the lies, but of course Babs would not see it that way.

  2. U NO HOO says:

    Ms. Bokzer:

    “Are we facing global warming or are we not?”


  3. Odie44 says:

    Aside from Boxers blatant stupidity and fraud support, can she please explain how and why an English University’s data being uploaded to a Russian server concerns the US Legislature??? And they dont know if it was hacked or leaked by an insider. Funny, I also thought there was a federal law protecting whistle blowers, part of OSHA and Sarbanes-Oxley… of course IF a hacked email account took place in the USA.

    I’ll take a swing… content, content, content???

    I also remember a special hearing on Palin’s hacked email account from a Tenn Dems son being launched… wait – that was a dream.

  4. proreason says:

    Boxer has that unique combination of ignorance and arrogance.

    For some reason she reminds me of Maxime Waters and Al Sharpton.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Is any “DEAD HEAD” in Washington up for doing the job they were sent to do?
    Babs will do anything to get out of what she is “supposed” to do. As are 93% of the others.

    Fix Bayonets!!

  6. proreason says:

    Sure, Jeffrey Dahmer killed and ate 17 people, but did you know that his property was illegally searched?

    Let’s resolve the search problem before we begin pointing fingers at potential criminals.

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Boxer: CRU Hackers “Committed Crime”

    —A swing and a miss…..

  8. Gabby says:

    JUST FOR THE RECORD: This is how it all started….

    The original Nov. 17 Post on the Air Vent Blog: http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/open-letter/#comments
    (See comment #10)

    “FOIA said:

    November 17, 2009 at 9:57 pm
    We feel that climate science is, in the current situation, too important to be kept under wraps.
    We hereby release a random selection of correspondence, code, and documents.
    Hopefully it will give some insight into the science and the people behind it.
    This is a limited time offer, download now: http://ftp.tomcity.ru/incoming/free/FOI2009.zip…..”

    Last Night in response to the Barbara Boxer Article on “The Hill” The following awesome comment was left:

    “Unfortunately for Boxer, this cache of info (email, data and computer code) wasn’t stolen – it was compiled for the FOI requests this band of trolls were so actively refusing – and then placed on a public server at CRU. A whistleblower sent it to BBC over a month ago…you can see how well that worked out for him…and then reposted where it actually got the attention it deserved.
    BY TRUTH on 12/02/2009 at 16:07”

    I believe you can all put two and two together…..

    • Steve says:

      Actually, the FOI file from CRU was first sent to various news outlets, such at BBC News, back in October. But the media sat on the information.

      The file was then posted on the pro ‘Global Warming’ site, Real Climate.But it was summarily removed.

      It was then uploaded to that TomCity server in Russia, and subsequently linked and downloaded by numerous sites.

  9. canary says:

    That South Korean Scientist that was given a fortune for his brilliant stem cell and human cloning findings, was sentenced to prison when they learned he deceived the world. Restitution needs to be made too.
    The new ‘Al’s Law’ needs to outline the punishment for this type of crime that is costing billions every year. Poisonous light bulbs should be an option, or at least allowed in small or older homes.

  10. Right of the People says:

    Q: Babs Boxer, San Fran Nan, Maxine Waters, what do they have in common?

    A: Horror movie scary and diminished mental capacity. Woof!

    You’ve got it U NO HOO, there is no global warming, never has been, never will be.

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