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BIG GOVERNMENT: UN Security Stops Journalist’s Questions About ClimateGate
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Friday, 11 December 2009 16:13

UN Security Stops Journalist’s Questions About ClimateGate

by Mike Flynn

Originally Posted at: http://biggovernment.com/2009/12/11/un-security-stops-journalists-questions-about-climategate/#more-44722

 

A Stanford Professor has used United Nation security officers to silence a journalist asking him “inconvenient questions”  during a press briefing at the climate change conference in Copenhagen.

Professor Stephen Schneider’s assistant requested armed UN security officers who held film maker Phelim McAleer, ordered him to stop filming and prevented further questioning after the press conference where the Stanford academic was launching a book.

 

 

McAleer, a veteran journalist and film maker, has recently made a documentary “Not Evil Just Wrong’ which takes a sceptical look at the science and politics behind Global Warming concerns.

He asked Professor Schneider about his opinions on Climategate – where leaked emails have revealed that a senior British professor deleted data and encouraged colleagues to do likewise if it contradicted their belief in Global Warming.

Professor Phil Jones, the head of Britain’s Climate Research Unit, has temporarily stood down pending an investigation into the scandal.

Professor Schneider, who is a senior member of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said he would not comment on emails that may have been incomplete or edited.

During some testy exchanges with McAleer, UN officials and Professor Schneider’s assistants twice tried to cut short McAleer’s question.

However as the press conference drew to a close Professor Schneider’s assistant called armed UN security guards to the room. They held McAleer and aggressively ordered cameraman Ian Foster to stop filming. The guard threatened to take away the camera and expel the film crew from the conference if they did not obey his instructions to stop filming Professor Schneider.

The guard demanded to look at the film crews press credentials and refused to allow them to film until Professor Schneider left the room.
McAleer said he was disappointed by Professor Schneider’s behaviour.

“It was a press conference. Climategate is a major story – it goes to the heart of the Global Warming debate by calling into question the scientific data and the integrity of many scientists involved.”

“These questions should be answered. The attempts by UN officials and Professor Schneider’s assistant to remove my microphone were hamfisted  but events took a more sinister turn when they called an armed UN security officer to silence a journalist.”

Two officers corralled the film crew and one officer can be seen on tape threatening the cameraman. The Guard can also be heard warning that if the crew did not stop filming their would seize the equipment and the journalists expelled from the conference.

McAleer says he has made an official complaint tabout the incident.

“I have met Mr Christopher Ankerson the UN’s head of security for the conference and he has confirmed it was Professor Schneider’s staff who asked the security guards to come corral us at the press conference. Mr Ankerson could not say what grounds the security guard had for ordering us to stop filming.”

“This is a blatant attempt to stop journalists doing journalism and asking hard questions. It is not the job of armed UN security officers to stop legitimate journalists asking legitimate questions of senior members of the UN’s IPCC.”

Professor Schneider was interviewed for McAleer’s “Not Evil Just Wrong” documentary but lawyers later wrote to McAleer saying he was withdrawing permission for the interview to be used.

McAleer, who is from Ireland, has gained quite a reputation for asking difficult questions of those who have been promoting the idea of man-made Global Warming.

His microphone was cut off after he asked former vice-president Al Gore about the British court case which found that An Inconvenient Truth had a nine significant errors and exaggerations. Almost 500,000 people have watched the incident on youtube.



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curious said:

a question
What was the actual date and venue of this press conference?
They have many available on the Cop-15 ebsite and I'd like to see the whole thing.
 
December 11, 2009
Votes: +0

Vaken Mark said:

And so Communis...err..GREENism grows
Firstly I applaud you efforts and doing / saying the right thing in regards to the matters at hand in regards to this senseless hysteria, media fearmongering and blatent media blackout regarding Climatgate.

Again, we see, that with a question, the whole thing comes crashing down.

Where is the civility and objective sensiblilit here? Where is the RESPECT to take a bit of time to listen sto scientific scepticism (the very fundament of any pedagogical researcch)?

What you are doing is helping them undo themselves and expose the REAL objectives here, building a multi-corporate dictatorship, where Big Al and Mr Blood gain to make BILLIONS in the future off of every smog belching limousine they drive to such events in.

They all surely see the big cash cow now, feverent in their collective confidence, looking over the masses of scared people looking laudly at them as if they truly, as the big corporations they are, are goin to, THIS time for sure, save them and their loved ones. They see the brainwashed masses and they surely are blind as well.
Climategate revelations were indeed the big smoking gun here, an affirmation to the claimed corruption at the heart of the IPCC, the behemoth that is the Green Agenda, the mountains of tax payer cash used to swindle us all... That calm approach will be a fresh alternative to the group minded chanting and rabalder that met Monckton during his speech.

I am in contact with the local councils environmental representatives in the hopes that enlightening to this truth will help them see through the apparent fog.

One has to step outside the clouds to see the sky, unfortunately so many are used to living in the din that they have lost their bearing. Good work! It will take some time. Look forward to seeing your film.
 
December 11, 2009
Votes: +2

Harry Dillema said:

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Is it possible to see the unedited movie? From the moment Phelim takes the mike? How long has he been questioning Schneider? I ask this because a lot of people think this is edited to remove the more aggressive questioning as described in the Huffington post.
 
December 11, 2009
Votes: +1

UselessEater said:

Both EVIL and WRONG
It is perfectly possible to be wrong in good faith - we are all that way at some time(s) in out lives.

However, if once you discover that you are wrong you persists in your efforts to advance your agenda by lies, coercion, armed suppression of opposition, and the rest of it then you are proven to be EVIL.

The CRU crew was evil from the get-go, they knew they were wrong, they were distorting the data and suppressing their opposition in a highly underhanded manner. They were advancing their agenda by any means necessary in the blind conviction the the end justified the means.

Those who trusted their scientific integrity and the integrity of the data provided to much of the world by that CRU crew are just wrong, not evil.

However, now that they know perfectly well the the data is suspect (not just at CRU but at GISS and NOAA as well) so the results and predictions based on that data are questionable to say the least, then should they now persist in pushing their agenda from this point onward then they become EVIL as well.

I predict that this will become a lot more obvious to many more people as events progress - evil people tend to become rather nasty and ugly when backed into a corner by the consequences of their own evil.
 
December 12, 2009
Votes: +1

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