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The UK should just go ahead and make it illegal to question a climate scientist

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Courtesy of our very own DC Morning e-mail (sign up here), the Daily Telegraph reports that police in Norfolk, England are investigating who leaked those Climatic Research Unit e-mails about “hiding the decline” and “Hey, everybody, let’s tell all sorts of lies and stuff”:

Already prominent climate change sceptics around the world have been questioned and members of staff at the [University of East Anglia], but it has now emerged that ordinary members of the public who did nothing more than request information are also being targeted.

Sebastian Nokes, a businessman and climate change sceptic, wrote to a national newspaper to complain.

He said all he had done was request information on the CRU’s disclosure rules and he was questioned on his political and scientific beliefs.

Detective Superintendent Julian Gregory, who is leading the investigation, said his unit is looking into anyone who could give clues to who stole the emails and working with experts in “extremism”.

“As with any investigation we will interview anyone who may have information which is of relevance to the enquiry,” he said.

Such as, um, people who are requesting information about it. So if you don’t want to be investigated, just don’t ask any questions. What’s scientific about asking questions anyway?

Jim Treacher