Sunday, December 13, 2009

Armed U.N. Security guards silence veteran journalist in Copenhagen

In October, filmmaker Phelim McAleer had the audacity to ask Al Gore if he planned to correct nine significant errors found in his movie An Inconvenient Truth.  Fellow journalists at the environmental conference where the question was asked moved in to try to silence Mr. McAleer.  When he persisted, they turned off his microphone.

You can see the whole thing as exposed by Fox News on this youtube video.

Mr. McAleer's freedom of speech was squelched again in Copenhagen, only this time a prominent Stanford professor was on the receiving end of the questions and armed United Nations security personnel were called in to silence Mr. McAleer.  Editor-in-chief, Mike Flynn at Big Government reports:

A Stanford Professor has used United Nation security officers to silence a journalist asking him “inconvenient questions” during a press briefing at the climate change conference in Copenhagen.

Professor Stephen Schneider’s assistant requested armed UN security officers who held film maker Phelim McAleer, ordered him to stop filming and prevented further questioning after the press conference where the Stanford academic was launching a book. [snip]

McAleer, a veteran journalist and film maker, has recently made a documentary “Not Evil Just Wrong’ which takes a sceptical look at the science and politics behind Global Warming concerns.

He asked Professor Schneider about his opinions on Climategate – where leaked emails have revealed that a senior British professor deleted data and encouraged colleagues to do likewise if it contradicted their belief in Global Warming.

Professor Phil Jones, the head of Britain’s Climate Research Unit, has temporarily stood down pending an investigation into the scandal.

Professor Schneider, who is a senior member of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said he would not comment on emails that may have been incomplete or edited.

During some testy exchanges with McAleer, UN officials and Professor Schneider’s assistants twice tried to cut short McAleer’s question.

However as the press conference drew to a close Professor Schneider’s assistant called armed UN security guards to the room. They held McAleer and aggressively ordered cameraman Ian Foster to stop filming. The guard threatened to take away the camera and expel the film crew from the conference if they did not obey his instructions to stop filming Professor Schneider.
The trailer for McAleer's documentary, Not Evil Just Wrong is reproduced below.  You can also watch the trailer and order the documentary here.

Mr. McAleer might want to reconsider his magnanimous title. I would have called it Completely Evil, Ignorant and Wrong.

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