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CIA To Share Data With Global Warmers

From a highly approving New York Times:

A satellite image of the East Siberian Sea from 1999-2008.

C.I.A. Is Sharing Data With Climate Scientists

By WILLIAM J. BROAD

January 4, 2010

The nation’s top scientists and spies are collaborating on an effort to use the federal government’s intelligence assets — including spy satellites and other classified sensors — to assess the hidden complexities of environmental change. They seek insights from natural phenomena like clouds and glaciers, deserts and tropical forests.

The collaboration restarts an effort the Bush administration shut down and has the strong backing of the director of the Central Intelligence Agency [Leon Panetta]. In the last year, as part of the effort, the collaborators have scrutinized images of Arctic sea ice from reconnaissance satellites in an effort to distinguish things like summer melts from climate trends, and they have had images of the ice pack declassified to speed the scientific analysis…

The monitoring program has little or no impact on regular intelligence gathering, federal officials said, but instead releases secret information already collected or takes advantage of opportunities to record environmental data when classified sensors are otherwise idle or passing over wilderness…

Controversy has often dogged the use of federal intelligence gear for environmental monitoring. In October, days after the C.I.A. opened a small unit to assess the security implications of climate change, Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming, said the agency should be fighting terrorists, “not spying on sea lions.” …

Now, with the intelligence world under fire after the attempted airliner bombing on Christmas Day, and with the monitoring program becoming more widely known, such criticism seems likely to grow.

A senior federal official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, defended the scientific monitoring as exploiting the intelligence field quite adroitly.

Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences and a member of the monitoring team, said the program was “basically free.”

“People who don’t know details are the ones who are complaining,” Dr. Cicerone said.

About 60 scientists — mainly from academia but including some from industry and federal agencies — run the effort’s scientific side. All have secret clearances. They obtain guidance from the National Academy of Sciences, an elite body that advises the federal government…

Officials said the effort to restart the program originated on Capitol Hill in 2008 after former Vice President Al Gore argued for its importance with Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, who was then a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee; she became its chairwoman in early 2009.

The Obama administration has said little about the effort publicly but has backed it internally, officials said. In November, the scientists met with Leon E. Panetta, the C.I.A. director.

“Director Panetta believes it is crucial to examine the potential national security implications of phenomena such as desertification, rising sea levels and population shifts,” Paula Weiss, an agency spokeswoman, said.

The program resurrects a scientific group that from 1992 to 2001 advised the federal government on environmental surveillance. Known as Medea, for Measurements of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis, the group sought to discover if intelligence archives and assets could shed light on issues of environmental stewardship.

It is unclear why Medea died in the early days of the Bush administration, but President George W. Bush developed a reputation for opposing many kinds of environmental initiatives. Officials said the new body was taking on the same mandate and activities, as well as the name.

“I’m extremely pleased with what’s been happening,” said Michael B. McElroy, an atmospheric scientist at Harvard University and a senior member of the group. “It’s really first-rate.”

Among the program’s first responsibilities has been to assess earlier Medea projects to see which, if any, produced valuable information and might be restarted or expanded…

Finally the CIA is doing something the New York Times approves of.

Still, could this be any more preposterous?

The same CIA that did not share the information about the Christmas terrorist with the TSA or FBI is sharing business with the “global warming” cultists?

No wonder the climate change theories are so out of whack.

Of course, when you come to think of it, who would be better at ‘hiding the decline’?

By the way, lest we forget, Mr. Obama recently banned the use of spy satellite imagery by local law enforcement agencies for tracking terrorists and illegal aliens sneaking across our borders.

After all, we have our priorities.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “CIA To Share Data With Global Warmers”

  1. proreason says:

    I see a silver lining.

    If they are busy looking for “insights from natural phenomenon”, then they can’t be as busy torqueing intelligence information to support the idiot insights of Obamy and the other morons.

  2. crosspatch says:

    This is actually not such a bad idea. Civilian scientific satellite data for things such as sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic only goes back to 1979. The intelligence community would have such imagery going back at least another 15 years and would have data from submarine patrols going back another 10 years earlier than that. Sharing that data would allow a much better picture over a longer time period in order to get a better idea of what is “normal” fluctuations in such things as polar ice cap changes. The same can be said for glacial coverage, too.

    While I would not expect a lot of current collection resources to be used for this purpose, it stands to reason that there is probably a lot of old archived information that could be put to use today in reconstructing historical data.

    • David says:

      Agreed, unless the data is restricted to only a few. Meaning it will be easy to disallow skeptics to access the data or somethings maybe strangely classified if it contradicts the environmental “security” agenda of this administration.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Or the envelope could explode once opened.
      Making the need for CIA satellite imagery……….moot!

  3. Right of the People says:

    Odds are only data that supports the All Impotent One’s agenda will be released to the public. After all, he can’t push Crap & Tax if the data shows the earth is cooling and CO2 isn’t a problem.

  4. canary says:

    I’d rather see the inexperienced CIA director’s calender & appointment book
    for his first year on the job.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    It’s useless.

    The polar ice caps could melt completely and there would still not be any evidence to support that it was caused by human activity.

  6. BillK says:

    This will be great, as the climate “scientists” will find “proof” of climate change, but when others ask to see the data they will be told they cannot share it “for reasons of national security.”

    Mark my words on this one.


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