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Monday, March 02, 2009

"Why he has not been fired I do not understand"

NASA's Chief Climate Scientist: We'll see your Tea Party and raise you some "civil disobedience" at the coal-fired Capitol Power Plant in D.C. Tomorrow.

... [C]ritics say Hansen's latest call to action blurs the line between astronomer and activist and may violate the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from participating in partisan political activity.

"Oh my goodness," one of Hansen's former supervisors, Dr. John Theon, told when informed of the video. "I'm not surprised ... The fact that Jim Hansen has gone off the deep end here is sad because he's a good fellow."

Theon, a former senior NASA atmospheric scientist, rebuked Hansen last month in a letter to the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee, saying Hansen had
violated NASA's official position on climate forecasting without sufficient evidence and embarrassed the agency by airing his claims before Congress in 1988.

"Why he has not been fired I do not understand," Theon said. "As a civil servant, you can't participate in calling for a public demonstration. You may be able to participate as a private citizen, but when you go on the Internet and call for people to break the law, that's a problem."

But don't despair, if you were afraid an arrest would postpone tomorrow's fun.
Officials at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which investigates possible Hatch Act violations, disagreed, saying Hansen is in the clear since it's an "issue-oriented activity," according to Hatch Unit attorney Erica Stern Hamrick.
NASA spokesman Mark Hess also defended Hansen."He's doing this as a private citizen on his own time and there's nothing wrong with that," Hess told "There's nothing partisan here. You don't give up your rights to free speech by becoming a government employee."

That Theon guy who's trying to stop progress and silence the people? Obviously a Republican operative/crony.