Mr McIntyre’s entire appeal was built upon an assertion that the disputed information was withheld without intention to publish and should be disclosed under the EIR because it would ‘show a long-standing academic fraud by the Climatic Research Unit’.


The Miracle Worker, following up with YesButThePoor, the Kantian dilemma, and advertising his Bitcoin account.

The FOI Process

[The Policy Lass storytells her own experience with FOIs.]

When reflecting on my own experience with FOIs, the request is received, is processed first by the mail room as all correspondence is, and then

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You idiot. You naive, foolish, irresponsible nincompoop. There is really no description of stupidity, no matter how vivid, that is adequate. I quake at the imbecility of it.

Tony Blair, addressing to himself in his memoirs while reflecting on his government’s introduction of the Freedom of Information Act.

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thefordprefect seems to want to make a point on CA: …(i) Research data is defined as the recorded factual material commonly accepted in the scientific community as necessary to validate research findings, but not any of the following: Preliminary analyses, drafts of scientific papers, plans for future research, peer reviews, or communications with colleagues. This “recorded” material excludes physical objects ( e.g. , laboratory samples). Research data also do not include:

thefordprefect is asking a very simple question:

Can you point to any FOIA statement that negates this?

thefordprefect’s argument is simple:

US emails do not fall into FOI even destroying them would not be illegal.

thefordprefect leaves an interesting comment:

McIntyre – just WHAT is the public entitled to???? An answer would be nice before you delete this post too.

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Ask Tiger Woods about email.

Steve, spotting the You Made Me Do It argument.

I think it’s fair to say that the McIntyre requests could be classified as vexatious

I was contacted by a student newspaper in September who were worried even then about the impact on the value of their degrees of the FOI obstruction by UEA professors.

Steve, stating in passing.

These [FOIA requests] amounted to 61 requests out of a 2009 total of 107 related to CRU, compared to annual totals of 2 in 2008 and 4 in 2007

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