Leftist Criminalize Freedom of Speech
By Mark Steyn
Readers and listeners have kindly asked for an update on the law suit brought against me by the global-warming "hockey stick" inventor and Big Climate enforcer Michael E Mann. Recently I touched on the subject in an interview on "climate denial", etc, with Ben Weingarten of The New Criterion.
The hearing was an instructive experience for a foreigner. If you missed it, here's my opening statement:
The point I made - about the criminal enforcement of state ideology - has since been reinforced by the disgusting behavior of 20 (so far) attorneys-general from California to the US Virgin Islands ganging up to investigate and charge "climate deniers" for the crime of holding a different opinion and exercising their First Amendment right to express it.
As I noted in my testimony, a group of lavishly enriched climate scientists led by Professor Jagadish Shukla of George Mason University recently urged the President to prosecute climate dissenters under RICO racketeering laws. In fact, the behavior of Shukla and his gang more closely resembles that of racketeers - as does the conspiracy of state attorneys-general. The freedom-of-information release of Shukla's emails is most instructive. As one professor, Alex Bozmoski, cautions his colleagues:
It's just an impossible topic to not scream hard-core left. You're talking about prosecuting conservatives.
Quite. This is the pitiful state to which "settled science" has been reduced: show trials for apostates.
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