"A NOAA scientist cannot speak with a reporter unless there is a 'listener' on the line with him or her,"..."it seems more like Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union than the United States. The claim is that the 'listener' is there to protect the NOAA scientist. If you buy that one, please see me at the break; there is a bridge down the street that I would like to sell to you."
James Hansen, The Nation, source
Well, flash to today.
NASA Scientist Accused of Using Celeb Status Among Environmental Groups to Enrich Himself
First as an aside. Reading about this, I am struck with how naive we were back then as to just how secretive and punitive an administration could really be. Think back on how Bush was vilified for how secretive his administration was. Think about how he supposedly punished critics of the administration. We've come a long way since then huh?
Back to Mr. Hansen though.
Read the article. He seems to have gotten over the inability to speak freely very nicely. In fact, he doesn't seem to speak for free at all. He has made millions speaking out about climate change, most of it possibly illegally.
Now that we have a new administration that prides itself on openness and accountability, what do you think will happen to this gentleman?