Interesting development in the climtategate front.
Apparently, the Norfolk Constabulary made a visit to Tallbloke’s home with warrant in hand and a request to see his computer cache.
I gotta say it — 20 computers in his attic?
The response in the comments of Tallbloke’s post are hilarious!
The feds couldn’t get Al Capone on his criminal syndicate, so they got him on income tax evasion. Word to the wise.☺
What’s funny is that Smokey refers to Al Capone, which isn’t the kind of comparison I’d like made about me – especially when there’s a criminal investigation of actions in which I may have been involved.
I’ll post updates as we get them.
Apparently, the UK police are collaborating with the US Dept of Justice, who has issued a “formal request” to WordPress.com to preserve evidence for the wordpress blogs for Tallbloke, The
Hot Air Vent and Climate FrAudit.
Here’s The Guardian’s coverage:
Both Tattersall and a US-based climate sceptic blogger known as Jeff Id said they had received a “formal request” via the blogging platform WordPress from the US Department of Justice’s criminal division, dated 9 December, to preserve “all stored communications, records, and other evidence in your possession” related to their own blogs as well as to Climate Audit, a climate sceptic blog run by a Canadian mining consultant called Steve McIntyre. All three blogs had received messages from “FOIA” last month pointing to the link hosting a second tranche of emails first taken from the UEA in 2009.
For a good yuk, here’s Delingpole, speculating on who’s behind the recent action on the climategate matter:
Why this is the sledgehammer being used to crack a nut?
We can but feverishly speculate. My personal favourite theory so far – lent credence by several of the wise comments at Watts Up With That – is that it concerns all those encrypted emails that FOIA 2011 claimed to have in his possession when he unleashed Climategate 2.0. In other words, there may be more juicy stuff – much, much more juicy stuff – to come. It may also be that the names incriminated are not merely those of low-rent types like Phil Jones and Michael Mann, but senior politicians and businessmen with much more to lose if they’re ever found out.
So let’s hope they are, eh?
More updates as I get them…
Over at WTFIUWT, William Old has a very sane thing to add, but apparently, William Old is new to WTFIUWT because what he’s accusing the commenters of doing is something that happens all the time at that site and other denialist sites:
Here’s the comment in whole [my emphasis]:
As a visitor to this site, I find it very puzzling that so many posters rush to explain why the police can’t do this, or must do that, when they clearly have very little understanding whatsoever about the matters on which they are pontificating. [TPL: where have you been, Will? That's BAU for WUWT commenters...]
Only one poster even mentions that Scotland has quite separate (and very different) criminal and civil legal systems* from those in England and Wales – and even he got it wrong, when he claimed that the criminal caution was the same in both jurisdictions! And the IPCC is only for complaints against police forces in England, not UK forces – again, they have no authority or responsibility for Scottish police forces.
Speaking as a retired senior police officer of some 30 years service, there are indeed many puzzling facets of this incident – but none of those involve the actual legalities of the operation or the SOPs (standard operating procedures) that were followed. No, there was no requirement to make a forensic image at the point of seizure (why, when that’s the first thing that will be undertaken on forensic examination?), and no, the chain of evidence isn’t broken accordingly. Have a look here:http://7safe.com/electronic_evidence/ACPO_guidelines_computer_evidence_v4_web.pdfor if the link doesn’t make it to this post, Google for “ACPO Digital Evidence Guidelines”.
There are clearly issues for you guys to debate… but please, the plethora of armchair generals all giving advice (about stuff that clearly they know very little about) is distracting from the real issues…
[TPL: these folks don't have a clue what the real issues are...]
* And education, banknotes, company registrations, registers of births/deaths/marriages, etc., etc., etc., …