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Saturday, January 21, 2012

 

UVA And The Liberal Media’s FOIA Hypocrisy

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Roanoke Times, 1-18-12, Pg 14: Editorial: Open government isn’t a burden;
Changes to the Va. FOIA (Freedom of Information Act); government entities may have a seven-day extension. That means a resident asking for public documents might have to wait up to 12 business days for records, more than two full weeks currently specified.
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Two full weeks to get government documents that the taxpayers paid for; what a burden! However, not one word about UVA’s noncompliance with valid FOIA’s for over a year (that's over 52 weeks)! So what’s with the RT’s issue with two full weeks?
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WashingtonExaminer.com 1-21-12
UVA goes all in on Climate Gate FOIA cover-up:
http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2011/08/uva-goes-all-climate-gate-foia-coverup
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UVa's August 23 release under court order of 3,800 pages of emails - records that UVa previously denied existed - was its second since the American Tradition Institute (ATI) sought judicial assistance in bringing the school into compliance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA).
The school has spent approximately $500,000 to date keeping these records from the taxpayer, who paid for their production to begin with.
The university again labored to avoid releasing correspondence directly addressing the now discredited “Hockey Stick” graph produced while former assistant research professor Michael Mann worked there.
At least 126 of those emails were sent to or from Mann at UVa and were central to ClimateGate, which exposed a purported, now disavowed temperature record, as well as the Hockey Stick and related activities by scientists to keep dissenting work from publication. The emails showed scientists circling the wagons to protect their claims, funding and careers.
Each of these 126 UVa ClimateGate emails, as with other related Mann correspondence with third parties of which we are aware, is covered by our VFOI request. Not one of them made it into UVa's releases.
UVa acknowledges withholding between 3,500 and 4,000 more pages. This likely represents around ten times the original number of UVa emails revealed in “ClimateGate.”
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And in the middle of this UVA noncompliance with valid FOIA’s that the Editors of the Roanoke Times apparently say they hold in high esteem; here comes the ACLU filing briefs with the courts that FOIA’s are not really important and that UVA can ignore those they don’t wish to comply with!
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ATI Slams ACLU’s Plea for University of Virginia to Deny FOIA Request of Michael Mann’s Records
http://www.atinstitute.org/ati-slams-aclu%E2%80%99s-plea-for-university-of-virginia-to-deny-foia-request-of-michael-mann%E2%80%99s-records/
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Washington Times, 1-27-12, EDITORIAL: Global warming’s ‘dirty laundry’
University of Virginia should disclose climate emails
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/27/global-warmings-dirty-laundry/
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2011/08/global-warming-alarmists-still.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2011/05/uva-and-global-warming-alarmists-court.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2011/01/yes-virginia-uva-you-do-have-to-share.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2011/11/climategate-20.html
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