10-26-15 – RICO and Alan Betts

by John McClaughry

In an October 9 editorial the Wall Street Journal blasted a letter sent by 20 climate scientists demanding that the President and Attorney General initiate a “Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act investigation – known as RICO-   of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change.”

The Journal wrote “In other words, they want the feds to use a law created to prosecute the mafia against lawful businesses and scientists.”

“The RICO threat is intended to shut down debate because it can inflict treble damages upon a defendant. Enacted to stop organized crime and specifically to prosecute individuals tied to loansharking and murder-for-hire, it was long seen as so powerful a tool that the government warned prosecutors to limit its use. The strategy of the progressive left is no longer to win public debates, but to forcibly silence their opponents.

Vermont Watchdog published an interview with one of the  signers of the RICO letter, Dr. Alan Betts.  Betts runs an organization called Atmospheric Research based in Pittsford, Vermont. He has urgently peddled human caused global warming theory – for example, in briefings to the Democratic legislative caucus –  and is a strident critic of anyone – like me – who criticizes Al Gore’s theory of global heat death.

When pressed by Watchdog, Betts admitted he hadn’t thought much about the free speech rights of people to differ with his conclusions. He wants them jailed.


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Jim Bulmer October 31, 2015 at 12:19 am

I believe the First Amendment deals with this issue. RICO.? You’ve got to be kidding me!!!


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