This is freedom?

“NOAA is desperate to hide their data tampering, and is taking a new tack to defeat FOIA (freedom of information) requests,” says “(We’ve) been working for almost a year to get NOAA to release their published monthly temperature data over the past couple of decades, which they overwrite in place in order to hide their ongoing manipulations.” “The data should be kept in a simple file structure like the NOAA drought data, and it should require no more than 10 seconds for me to recover it online. Instead, they want a quarter of a million dollars, due on Monday. “We estimate that the cost to search for responsive records will be approximately $262,000. “If payment or other communication is not received by March 24, 2015, your FOIA request will be considered “closed.” “There must be something very incriminating in that data.” See: Freedom Isn’t Free “Please pass this on to any and all freedom loving groups,” says reader Gale Combs. “This is highway robbery!!! Not to mention it effectively keeps Main Street from ever doing a FOIA request by setting the financial bar way too high for the ordinary Joe.” This is (supposedly) NOAA’s Mission: Science, Service, and Stewardship. To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, To share that knowledge and information with others, and To conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. “We citizens have paid billions for this information,” says Gale. “If it is not readily available then it is about time to DEFUND NOAA and fire the incompetent employees!” Continue reading

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