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Why Is NASA Hiding James Hansenís Ethics Records?
Pajamas Media ^ | March 16, 2011 | Christopher Horner

Posted on 03/16/2011 4:42:37 PM PDT by jazusamo

The climate change fanatic has plenty of outside income. Did he obtain the proper waivers from NASA as he must according to the law?

In this “Sunshine Week” — amid revelations that the vow of transparency was not, as George Stephanopoulos famously said about Bill Clinton’s truthiness, one of the campaign promises Barack Obama intended to keep — I have just filed an administrative appeal with NASA challenging its thoroughly puzzling refusal to release ethics-related records for its high-profile global warming activist/advocate, the astronomer Dr. James Hansen.

This request and appeal are on behalf of the American Tradition Institute’s Environmental Law Center, for which I am pursuing a transparency project. Other efforts include seeking the same records from the University of Virginia, under the state’s Freedom of Information Act, that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is seeking through a taxpayer protection, anti-fraud statute.

On that front, we have been promised that a rolling production of documents will begin in mere days (which does not mean that we won’t be forced to litigate over claimed exemptions).

NASA rejected our request for records relating to compliance with applicable ethics laws, particularly Hansen’s office, the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). Hansen is NASA’s highest-profile, most media-present employee and also very entrepreneurial.

Specifically, is he filing applications seeking waivers for outside employment for all of his paying activities like speeches, books (emails obtained already indicated NASA staff worked on this), and other support?

The reasons I ask are not limited to the public record indicating that this file — if it exists — must be quite robust. I ask because I learned as part of another Freedom of Information Act effort, on behalf of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (now in litigation with a reluctant and secretive NASA), about years of non-compliance by Hansen’s protege Gavin Schmidt.

Schmidt has been running a third-party activist website almost since the moment Hansen brought him on board. The site was originally established to assail author Michael Crichton and defend the risible “Hockey Stick” graph showing stable global temperatures until the past 150 years. He did this using taxpayer resources, on taxpayer time. NASA agreed with this when I won my administrative appeal seeking Schmidt’s “RealClimate.org” records on NASA’s server.

But now, in a Washington, D.C., federal court, NASA is arguing that whenever Schmidt does this, at whatever time of day and in whatever office he sits, he’s clearly punching out from his job at NASA, so his daytime moonlighting is none of your business.

We’ll see if that floats. But in the meantime, we learned something about GISS, of which Hansen is currently director: GISS was not requiring Schmidt to comply with ethics rules that direct employees to obtain waivers for such outside employment. He scrambled to do so, and NASA provided us those very records.

That got me thinking: Is it unreasonable to believe the same man allowing this as director is also skirting the law’s requirements? NASA doesn’t want me (or you) to know. It says that to release these records would “clearly be an unwarranted violation” of Hansen’s privacy interests.

That’s untrue, given applicable FOIA precedent, as we explain in our appeal.

But these are the same records NASA provided me regarding Schmidt, which confirmed GISS’s deviation from the law in the first place. Apparently, Mr. Hansen is special. We know this from the way the media has treated him. The press repeated that any president named “George Bush” muzzled Hansen, while being entirely incurious about the possible implications of his various extracurricular activity.

What is even more puzzling is that NASA did not confirm or deny the existence of the records. It spoke generally about how any such records would contain information such as how much of his time Hansen spends on outside projects and for how much money. At least it sees what we’re getting at. And it said NASA would never dream of releasing such information — except when it would, I suppose.

This treatment represents something of a desperate strategy for NASA, indicating that either it knows there is something amiss or, tantalizingly hinted at by the oblique language, it is planning to treat Hansen’s ethics file with a “Glomar” reply.

That gambit was pioneered by the National Security Agency to hide information about a secret plan using Howard Hughes’ Glomar Explorer to raise a sunken Soviet submarine, by which they refuse to either confirm or deny that requested records exist. (See, e.g., here) The request then goes before a judge for a private look at the files.

Will NASA really try to place Hansen’s applications for waivers on a par with national security records? The public record, as we detail, indicates that the files exist — that is, if NASA is following the law, which as we’ve already seen in Mr. Schmidt’s case, it hasn’t always.

Of course, ultimately the records will be released, just as NASA released Schmidt’s, sans the drama and selective guardian of privacy bunting. What we know already confirms there had better be a lot there, if NASA has been keeping up with its statutory obligations. If not, then climate activist, friend of the rich and famous (and left-wing), globe-trotting expert witness in support of civil disobedience and nanny statism James Hansen actually hasn’t been filing the required applications for waivers for outside employment.

Stay tuned. NASA has 20 working days to remove — or deepen — the mystery.

Christopher Horner is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and author of the recently-published Power Grab: How Obama’s Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America .


TOPICS: Government; Science
KEYWORDS: activist; climatechange; climategate; drjameshansen; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; jameshansen; nasa

1 posted on 03/16/2011 4:42:41 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Guess they don’t want to reveal all those checks from George Soros.


2 posted on 03/16/2011 4:44:17 PM PDT by MeganC (Pray for Japan.)
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To: MeganC

That’s a strong possibility.


3 posted on 03/16/2011 4:45:00 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: steelyourfaith

Ping!


4 posted on 03/16/2011 4:45:41 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Hansen has ethics? Who knew.


5 posted on 03/16/2011 4:49:09 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: jazusamo

Probably for the same reason that PSU whitewashed its investigation of Michael Mann.


6 posted on 03/16/2011 4:49:38 PM PDT by mewzilla (Were members of both political parties in on the Lockerbie bomber deal?)
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To: jazusamo
Hansen's position is of sufficient level that he should be filing a FINANCIAL STATEMENT detailing all of his income, including sources. They do this every year.

Federal employees who take bribes usually neglect to mention them though.

7 posted on 03/16/2011 4:55:31 PM PDT by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Americans)
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To: mewzilla

Absolutely, they didn’t want the stink to rub off on them.


8 posted on 03/16/2011 4:57:02 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: mewzilla

You people are all crazy. This administration just received a very nice little award for it’s transparency and openness.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2689709/posts

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9 posted on 03/16/2011 4:58:54 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: muawiyah

He definitely should be filing a financial statement but he can’t, he’s making too much off his junk science and bribery is just what it amounts to. Very sad that NASA has facilitated this.


10 posted on 03/16/2011 5:00:34 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

It is time to defund NASA.


11 posted on 03/16/2011 5:02:51 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: The Antiyuppie

Oh, man! What a joke.

Thanks for linking that.


12 posted on 03/16/2011 5:03:21 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: razorback-bert
It is time to defund NASA.

I grew up with accomplishments from NASA in the space program from the beginning and never thought I'd say this but you may just be right, it's become a political football.

13 posted on 03/16/2011 5:06:53 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo; Thunder90; rdl6989; marvlus; Fractal Trader; Whenifhow; grey_whiskers; proud_yank; ...
Thanx for the ping jazusamo !
 


Tim Wirth and James Hansen knew how to better stage a climate fraud show for maximum effect way back in 1988:

Timothy Wirth, former Senator (D, Colorado), describes how the Senate hearing room was rigged to be artificially as hot as possible in 1988 for the roll-out of climate-superstitionist/astronmer James Hansen's testimony.

Video (0:51 in length) from a PBS Frontline program in 2007. Partial transcript here.

The smirk on this Wirthless jackass as he describes this caper is priceless.


Click image to launch:
"Global Warming - the padding of an agenda"

Wirth's comments from above video:

"...we asked him if he (James Hansen) would testify."

"uuuuh , we called the Weather Bureau and found out what historically was the hottest day of the summer. Well, it was June 6 or June 9 or whatever it was, so we scheduled the hearing that day, and bingo: It was the hottest day on record in Washington, or close to it. "

"... What we did it was went in the night before and opened all the windows, I will admit, right? So that the air conditioning wasn't working inside the room and so when the, when the hearing occurred there was not only bliss, which is television cameras in double figures, but it was really hot. ..."


14 posted on 03/16/2011 5:13:13 PM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -- Wendell Phillips)
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To: jazusamo

Hansen is a treasonous SOB masquerading as an objective scientist. Treat all his announcements and requests with the respect due a treasonous SOB masquerading as an objective scientist.


15 posted on 03/16/2011 5:29:42 PM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: jimfree
Hansen is a treasonous SOB masquerading as an objective scientist.

Amen to that. Hopefully people will keep the pressure on and nail this turkey.

16 posted on 03/16/2011 5:37:46 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo; Ernest_at_the_Beach

Good post Jaz. NASA should be threatened with de-funding much of their operations that are not immediately connected with space flight, if they do not kick that far left radical bastard out. It is bad enough tax payers shall have to fund his retirement.


17 posted on 03/16/2011 6:22:29 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: jazusamo

Add Gavin “Hansen’s pit bull” Schmidt to the short list.


18 posted on 03/16/2011 7:19:03 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

They’re not really hiding them, they’re just so tiny that they’re hard to see. Thanks jazusamo.


19 posted on 03/16/2011 8:24:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Marine_Uncle; SunkenCiv; NormsRevenge; steelyourfaith; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; tubebender; ...

Thanks.


20 posted on 03/16/2011 9:39:26 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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