The Difference between a Whistleblower and a Criminal is…
…the side of the political spectrum you make happy. The priceless Senator Barbara Boxer thinks the main thing to be concerned with on ClimateGate is the criminal act of the person who released the e-mails and source code that showed the ethical and scientific shortcomings of major players in the global warming business.
“You call it ‘Climategate’; I call it ‘E-mail-theft-gate,’” she said during a committee meeting. “Whatever it is, the main issue is, Are we facing global warming or are we not? I’m looking at these e-mails, that, even though they were stolen, are now out in the public.”
Boxer said her committee may hold hearings into the matter as its top Republican, Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.), has asked for, but that a criminal probe would be part of any such hearings.
I especially liked the part about a criminal probe being part of the hearings. The chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (a committee in the UNITED STATES Senate) will perform a criminal probe of a leak in a BRITISH university. As you may have heard, she worked very hard to become a Senator, apparently so she could ignore basic American civics or concepts of legal jurisdiction.
These leaks make things uncomfortable for her global warming alarmist allies so this person committed a crime. But, when you are whistle blower against the military or Dick Cheney, then you are some sort of hero. In fact, there should be some sort of law that protects your heroic act against the forces of evil. From David Harsanyi:
But could this possibly be the same Boxer who once sponsored the The Military Whistleblower Protection Act.
The same Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer who held hearings over a Environmental Protection Agency whistleblower who claimed the Bush administration had an unwillingness to address greenhouse-gas emissions.
Many of those seem like reasonable protections. How about protecting the people who exposed potential scientific fraud funded by government?
Again, its all about WHO you blow the whistle on.