I am Under “Investigation”

Roger Pielke Jr. Explains the McCarthy style witch hunt being launched by the White House and Congressional Democrats

The Climate Fix

As some of you will already know, I am one of 7 US academics being investigated by US Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) who is the ranking member of the House of Representatives Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Rep. Grijalva has sent a letter to the president of my university requesting a range of information, including my correspondence, the letter is here in PDF.

Before continuing, let me make one point abundantly clear: I have no funding, declared or undeclared, with any fossil fuel company or interest. I never have. Representative Grijalva knows this too, because when I have testified before the US Congress, I have disclosed my funding and possible conflicts of interest. So I know with complete certainty that this investigation is a politically-motivated “witch hunt” designed to intimidate me (and others) and to smear my name.

For instance, the Congressman and his staff, along with compliant journalists…

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56 Responses to I am Under “Investigation”

  1. A C Osborn says:

    Disgraceful conduct, but it does show that some people are having an effect on contradicted the absolute bull coming out of the top politicians.

    • It’s disgraceful for sure. Representative Grijalva is an embarrassment to the progressive cause. This is how it’s done:

      Top Secret

      Special Folder

      Committee of State Security of the USSR March 21, 1988 No. 458-Ch Moscow


      Results of the work of the KGB in investigating authors of anonymous materials of a hostile nature.

      Of the total number of authors investigated, 37.2% are university students and students in vocational and trade schools, 18.6% are workers, 16.8% are office workers, 9.5% are retiredpersons, 17.9% are other categories of citizens, including persons serving time in correctional-labor facilities.

      Among the authors who were identified are 59 members and candidate members in the Communist Party and 361 in the Young Communist League.

      Reasons for preparing and distributing anonymous materials are: nationalist sentiments (248 persons); dissatisfaction with measures taken to strengthen discipline and fight drunkenness and alcoholism (187 persons); inadequacies in the food supply to the population and also high prices for certain commercial products (43 persons); difficulties with housing and household needs (41 persons); hooliganism (238 persons); mercenary motives (86 persons); mental illness (86 persons); illegal actions by some local managers manifested in coarse treatment of subordinates, officious treatment of citizens’ petitions, violations of ethical behavior, etc. (23 persons).

      The reasons for the preparation and distribution of anonymous materials by the remaining 276 authors are now being investigated.

      After appropriate review, the majority of the authors under investigation (55.6%) were dealt with through measures of a preventive nature, 66 persons were tried pursuant to articles of the general Criminal Code of the RSFSR and the criminal codes of other union republics.

      The KGB is implementing measures to prevent and suppress in a timely fashion negative incidents connected with the distribution of anonymous materials of hostile content and to increase the effectiveness of the effort to identify the authors and distributors of these materials.

      For your information.

      Committee Chairman /s/ V. Chebrikov



  2. emsnews says:

    My illustrious father, Dr. Aden Meinel, was terrified of the McCarthy hearings back then because a Chinese rocket scientist who fled the country for China back then, lived with us for several years.

    Dr. Fan was the one who persuaded Chou En Lai to ask Nixon to send over my father to China during the famous Chinese visit.

    What is most ironic and horrifying is, just before my dad died, he was censored for trying to publish ‘The Sun Is A Variable Star’ and NASA people began attacking him (he is one of the founders of NASA).

    In despair, he burned his paper! I desperately wanted him to give it to me instead.

    • nielszoo says:

      It wasn’t McCarthy, his name just got attached to it. It was the Democrat controlled House of Representatives and HUAC that had hearings and black lists. McCarthy was a Senator and like all Senators, has nothing to do with the House. Even in the Senate all he asked for was that avowed Communists not be employed in critical government jobs. He didn’t even want them fired, just moved into jobs where they didn’t have access to sensitive information.

      • inMAGICn says:

        The committee was HCUA, not HUAC. The latter was a subtle tactic used by the left to represent the committee itself as being “unAmerican.”

      • drcrinum says:

        That the Roosevelt & Trumann Administrations employed a number of communists and Soviet sympathizers was later verified by publication of the Venona Papers in the late 1990s. Hollywood only wants people to know of the Black List, not that there actually were communists working in Hollywood during WWII and the early Cold War, so Hollywood has gone to great pains to distort the public’s perception of McCarthy. It was likely J. Edgar Hoover who was feeding McCarthy names of communists from the secretly deciphered Soviet cable messages via the Venona Project. (I read a book on the Venona Papers back in the late 1990s but I can’t recall its name or author.)

        • Gail Combs says:

          Was it Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America by John Earl Haynes, Mr. Harvey Klehr, and Alexander Vassiliev

        • drcrinum says:

          If I remember correctly ‘Venona’ was in the title. Might have been “Venona, Decoding Soviet Espionage in America” by John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, which was published in 1999.

    • darrylb says:

      Wish he had!

  3. bleakhouses says:

    We MUST all write to our local Representative and Senator and to Grijalva’s office.
    What these people fear most is that we known and understand what they are doing.
    We must show them that we are not Gruber’s people!!

  4. David, UK says:

    Meh. I have no sympathy for Junior, who supports a carbon tax despite apparently expressing dscepticism that increased CO2 leads to increast costs of disasters. I know poor Junior can’t believe that the pack have now turned on him, but now he’s agreed to toe the line and keep his trap shut about the climate from now on, they’ll leave him alone.

  5. emsnews says:

    Like Judith Curry, this victim is a waffler who has asked all of us to talk nice to the alarmists.

    They do not dare go after the strong people who absolutely think that global warming is total rubbish because this means they can testify in public and this would be news and the news media works very, very hard to bury this information because it would be quite popular for the public to hear that the entire global warming garbage is a scam.

  6. gator69 says:

    The letter goes on to note that John Holdren, President Obama’s science advisor, “has highlighted what he believes were serious misstatements by Prof. Pielke.”

    Gee, what is that Bible verse about a beam in your own eye?

    I remember when shame died.

  7. Eliza says:

    Yes his father seem’s to have more gumption. The AGW is directly related with age the younger you are the more you want to believe in it. Its very like socialism in the 60,s 70,s ect. It will eventually die out. Most or the hardcore nows willprobably become avowed deniers in older age.

  8. JC says:

    I’m with David UK and emsnews…. He seems more upset about being investigated by people he has aligned with than anything else… Seems he is mad about being thrown out of the club so to speak…

    And then there is this. “when people are producing work in line with the scientific consensus there’s no reason to go on a witch hunt.”
    I have read it a couple of times and I’m still not sure how he means it.

    Is a witch hunt ok if you are not part of the consensus? He seems vague on the subject….

  9. Ron C. says:

    So warmists, no longer controlling the Senate with votes, now are intimidating potential witnesses from stating facts contrary to Global Warming Alarm. That would be witness tampering in a criminal proceeding, but apparently fair game in politics. We can only hope that the other side is as diligent in discovering the extent of environmental activist money funding alarmist proponents.

    Still, anyone deciding to testify in the upcoming Senate hearing better be ready for the hard questions (echoes of the past):

    “Are you confused between weather and climate change?”

    “Do you accept the writings of the UN IPCC as the scientific truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?”

    “Are you now, or have you ever been a member of any organization that believes CO2 is only a harmless trace gas and is essential to plant life?”

    “Why is your carbon footprint so large?”

    How long have you been taking money from fossil fuel companies?

    “Do you advocate the overthrow of the United States Climate by force or violence?”

    • Gail Combs says:

      It would seem, given the threatening e-mails, that this is covered by US law as Obstruction of Justice.

      Obstruction of Justice: An Overview of Some of the Federal Statutes That Prohibit Interference with Judicial, Executive, or Legislative Activities

      Obstruction of justice is the impediment of governmental activities. There are a host of federal
      criminal laws that prohibit obstructions of justice. The six most general outlaw obstruction of
      judicial proceedings (18 U.S.C. 1503), witness tampering (18 U.S.C. 1512), witness retaliation
      (18 U.S.C. 1513), obstruction of congressional or administrative proceedings (18 U.S.C. 1505), conspiracy to defraud the United States (18 U.S.C. 371), and contempt (a creature of statute, rule and common law).

      The laws that supplement, and sometimes mirror, the basic six tend to proscribe a particular means of obstruction. Some, like the perjury and false statement statutes, condemn obstruction by lies and deception. Others, like the bribery, mail fraud, and wire fraud statutes, prohibit obstruction by corruption of public employees or officials. Some outlaw the use of violence as a means of obstruction. Still others ban the destruction of evidence. A few simply punish “tipping off” those who are the targets of an investigation. Many of these offenses may also provide the basis for racketeering and money laundering prosecutions, and each provides the basis for criminal prosecution of anyone who aids and abets in or conspires for their commission.

      Moreover, regardless of the offense for which an individual is convicted, his sentence may be enhanced as a consequence of any obstruction of justice for which he is responsible, if committed during the course of the investigation, prosecution, or sentencing for the offense of his conviction. The enhancement may result in an increase in his term of imprisonment by as much as four years…..

  10. _Jim says:

    Can I get on that list – can we ALL get on that list?

    I’m thinking ‘resume enhancement’ by being on that ‘list’ …


  11. NancyG says:

    Pielke says he is one of seven being investigated. I know of Curry, who are the others? If Soon is one also, who are the other four?

  12. _Jim says:

    Roger Pielke Jr’s closing lines:

    When “witch hunts” are deemed legitimate in the context of popular causes, we will have fully turned science into just another arena for the exercise of power politics. The result is a big loss for both science and politics.

    We are witnessing the ‘downward’ devolution of mankind and his use of reason and logic (mankind’s rational faculties) to solve problems, and note well, this is presently at the hands of the democrats. Furthermore, THIS is how ‘modern’ humanity (modernity) ends, not with a bang but with a whimper, as those devoid of conscience rationality and common sense condemn us all to idol/Gaia worship, a reliance on ‘magic chants’ and a mis-placed belief (by much of society) in the high-priest ‘experts’ (usually far removed from reality) for direction and life guidance under the thumb of an all-encroaching, purportedly ‘all-knowing’ centralized governmental authority …

    Remember, “Science is [or really should be] the Belief in the Ignorance of Experts” — Richard Feynman

    • oldfossil says:

      Roger A. Pielke’s wiki says that he is a political scientist. Strike One. He wrote a book supporting carbon taxes. Strike Two. To support his views on carbon taxes he enlisted the pseudoscience of economics. Economists have lots of conflicting views on how we got into the current global financial mess, and no idea how to get us out of it. Strike Three.

      • _Jim says:

        A non-sequitur to my post and unresponsive to the issues raised therein; would you like to try again?

        Furthermore, could you please explain the relevancy of Roger Pielke Jr’s past and present position on issues to the central theme in my post?

        • inMAGICn says:

          Perhaps you should avoid the heavy use of parenthetical asides. This is not a critique of your argument, but rather of a turgid presentation.

        • _Jim says:

          re: inMAGICn says February 25, 2015 at 9:09 pm

          Pls cite the asides, or alternatively, what you perceive as ‘asides’. As one often sees stated on engineering prints “Parenthetical info [is for] for reference only.” I often include additional info within parenthesis to clarify preceding text, terms and/or phrases which the general public may not recognize, or provide an example of circumstance or scenario where an idea or term is applicable, as in a ‘for instance’.

          Nota Bene: Parenthetical asides – Asides plug in material not directly related to the main idea. Parentheticals can also make it easier for readers to make the leap from subject and predicate or to navigate the elements of a series..

  13. D. Self says:

    Big Money involved with the biggest scam the world has ever known. When millions maybe billions is spent on bogus research you know much more is at stake.

    • Gail Combs says:

      A return to feudalism with the UN in charge.

      http://www.greattransition.org/publication/uniting-nations-the-un-at-a-crossroads“>The Great Transition: Uniting Nations: The UN at a Crossroads

      The United Nations will soon release a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which come to an end this year. What role has UNEP been playing in the SDG process?

      Our involvement with the issue of sustainable development dates back to the UN Conferences on Environment and Development in Stockholm in 1972 and Rio de Janeiro in 1992. UNEP, under the leadership of our late deputy executive Angela Cropper, was active in pushing for a shift away from the pillar approach to sustainability—in which environment, society, and economy are viewed separately—to the triple helix model that recognizes the interdependencies of environmental, social, and economic change. A transition toward a green economy requires breaking down these artificial boundaries and recognizing that poverty eradication, environmental sustainability, and social well-being must be a part of a unified agenda….

      What is the Great Transition?

      History has entered the Planetary Phase of Civilization, a profound shift in the condition of society and the dynamics driving change. In our time, multiple threads of interdependence – economic globalization, communications technology, and climate change are among the most salient – are binding people, places, and the wider community of life into a single social-ecological system. A new era emerges, yet the worldviews and institutions of the past persist….

  14. RH says:

    Pielke says:
    “I have written a book calling for a carbon tax, I have publicly supported President Obama’s proposed EPA carbon regulations, and I have just published another book strongly defending the scientific assessment of the IPCC with respect to disasters and climate change.”

    Really? Then I don’t feel sorry for him.

  15. Sean Cash says:

    Uh to be fair.. documents released after the Fall of the soviet union showed McCarthy was mostly right

    The opening of the KGB archives and the release of the VENONA intercepts (decoded Soviet KGB and GRU traffic) proved that in the 1950’s Senator Joseph McCarthy was absolutely right about the extensive Soviet penetration of the U.S. government in all the most sensitive sections and its danger to America. According to the KGB archives, the NKVD had 221 agents in the Roosevelt administration in April 1941 and the Soviet military GRU probably had a like number. He was proved right that the Communist Party, U.S.A., was an arm of the Soviet intelligence apparatus and the Soviet Union considered the U.S. as their “main enemy”.

    His liberal critics in academe and the mainstream media, who denied there was Communist subversion and made excuses for it, were proved absolutely wrong! This should have discredited the liberal ideology and those who mouthed it. Because the left had no answer or effective reply to the challenge McCarthy posed, they engaged in personal destruction — they smeared and demonized McCarthy because he was truth

    • Gail Combs says:

      Other documents show Bobby Kennedy had a KGB handler while he was Attorney General of the U.S..

      …. In what must be considered a success of the highest possible level, a KGB colonel, military intelligence officer, operating under TASS cover, assessed and developed the callow Attorney General of the U.S., whose power far exceeded his job title. As the younger brother of the young President, Bobby Kennedy was one of the President’s closest advisors, 35 years old at the 1961 inauguration….

      From the point of view of a Russian case officer, working against this shallow, callow, punk daddy’s boy, elevated to a position of nearly absolute power in his brother’s administration, would be child’s play.

      The KGB likely began probing multiple avenues of approach to the callow kiddie crowd in the White House, soon after their ascendance in January 1961. Maybe they already had established contacts with Bobby Kennedy, during his international travels, through Europe, the Middle East, India, Vietnam and Japan, as a student, pretending to be a journalist. Students on the make, traveling through these areas would have come to the attention of the KGB in each of the countries he visited. Especially a student who was the son of the corrupt Democrat ambassador to London. The KGB approach that clicked with the naïve Attorney General was the approach of a military intelligence colonel operating under cover as head of the Washington bureau of the TASS news agency. It may be useful to read ahead to the next chapter for the testimony of Ismael Ege, about the KBG’s use of TASS for operational cover….

      …..In a classic piece of operational tradecraft, the KGB case officer, Georgi Bolshakov, represented himself to his target, Bobby Kennedy, as a “back-channel” conduit to the Kremlin. This is a common operational ruse, useful to convince otherwise wary targets that the information they share will go straight to the highest levels.

      This ruse is also useful against targets in influential positions, for example a kid Attorney General, the most trusted advisor to his brother, the President of the U.S. Against these targets, the ruse is expanded to include a ruse within a ruse—that the target is also receiving confidential details in an “information exchange.” After accepting a “personal relationship” with the Bolshakov, Bobby Kennedy opened up to the espionage professional’s developmental operation. Kennedy invited the KGB officer to his home, and met with him dozens of times. For a developmental operation, this is a rather accelerated schedule. It seems that the KGB was ready to err on the side of aggression, due to the need to implant influence messages with the young administration. In stark contrast to the dilettante know-it-all Bobby Kennedy, Bolshakov was an expert at his profession. He had joined the Soviet intelligence system in 1943, served throughout WW2 and followed that with a three year graduate level training program in intelligence operations. He developed excellent English language skills prior to his posting to Washington.

      The superbly successful development of the Attorney General by a man who was clearly Soviet intelligence would seem shocking by today’s counter-intelligence standards. At the time, evidently the Kennedys could do no wrong. Even today historians writing of this espionage operation give Bobby Kennedy an unwarranted benefit of the doubt.

      Andrew, discussing Bobby Kennedy’s use as an influence agent, says that Bobby seemed to be, “forgetting that he was dealing with an experienced intelligence professional who had been instructed to cultivate him,” And that “the president’s brother became convinced that ‘an authentic friendship grew’ between him and [the KGB officer].”

      There is absolutely no reason to give Kennedy the benefit of any doubt. He was simply an arrogant, ignorant, spoiled rich man’s son playing at international affairs. He was playing against talented, experienced, well-trained professionals. He was no match, and was out-witted, out-gunned, and out-maneuvered. The relationship seems to have terminated when the Russians manipulated the out-witted Kennedys during the Cuban missile crisis. The KGB case officer, after influencing the Kennedy administration’s view for several months, provided a disinformation payload to young Bobby, who swallowed it, hook, line and sinker….

      From the book Willing Accomplices: How KGB Covert Influence Agents Created Political Correctness and Destroyed America by Kent Clizbe

    • gator69 says:

      The left always smears those who threaten to tell the truth, and ruin their plans. Just look at Dr Soon, and the Swiftboaters, “Swiftboating” is now vernacular for a political smear. Just like “McCarthyism”, it is the left twisting history and the truth.

      The term swiftboating (also spelled swift-boating or swift boating) is an American neologism used pejoratively to describe an unfair or untrue political attack.

    • That’s why I never use the term McCarthyism. We’ve lost too much language territory to the Commies. At least we can refuse to play a part in their rigged game.

  16. The Obamunist government is going after skeptics, but are not concerned about homeopaths, comet chasers, personal trainers who pretend to be doctors, UFO chasers, or quacks who sell eye exercises so you can throw away your glasses.

    • RossP says:

      You are right Morgan, but they are also upping the anti on other fronts.
      Citi Bank have announced spending / lending $100billion on sustainability and renewable energy. But let us all remember who is a big shareholder of the bank

      “From Wikipedia, the source of all wisdom:
      Citigroup suffered huge losses during the global financial crisis of 2008 and was rescued in November 2008 in a massive stimulus package by the U.S. government.[10] On February 27, 2009, Citigroup announced that the US government would take a 36% equity stake in the company by converting US$25 billion in emergency aid into common stock with a US Treasury credit line of $45 billion to prevent the bankruptcy of the largest bank in the world at the time.[11] The government guaranteed losses on more than $300 billion troubled assets and injected $20 billion immediately into the company.”

      So who has been pulling strings behind the scene ?? ( Holdren and co are twisting arms, is my guess)

      But the big irony is this :

      You may be interested to know that, according to Dealogic, Citi was the bank that gained most fees out of deals in the oil and energy arena in 2014.


      Just follow the money and realise these AGW believers are being used like pawns.

  17. donb says:

    Some George Orwell quotes that say it all: 

    “in time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act!”, 

    “Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past!”

    “If you want a vision of the future  imagine a boot stamping on a human face!”.

  18. Jl says:

    Reminds me of the Woody Allen movie “The Front”, which was about Hollywood black-listing and the House Un-American Activities Committee. His last words to the committee in the movie seem appropriate now- “Go f-ck yourselves.”

  19. stpaulchuck says:

    how is ANY Demoncrat the ‘ranking member’?? The GOP is majority in both Houses….??

    • rah says:

      “Ranking Member” is the top person in the MINORITY selected by the minority parties leadership for that position. A “Committee Chairman” is the top dog and selected by the MAJORITY leadership and is the one responsible for scheduling and running the meetings of that committee.

      The real question here is what gives a US congressman the right to unilaterally demand such labor intensive and expensive responses from educational institutions to produce proof of funding sources due to some concern of potential “conflicts of interest” for specific members of their faculty without showing probable cause nor having any any committee meeting scheduled at which his persons of interest are supposed to testify at?

      According to his own website this progressive communist is: Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee by his Democratic colleagues on the committee. He also serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and is a Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, as well as a long-standing member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

      Under what premise does ANY member of the Natural Resources Committee demand such information for their “work”?

    • _Jim says:

      stpaulchuck says February 26, 2015 at 2:18 am
      how is ANY Demoncrat the ‘ranking member’?? The GOP is majority in both Houses….??

      The term actually refers to the “ranking minority member”; for the sake of peace in the world (and my own sanity; inMagic, pls note, this is a parenthetical aside looks like) I always mentally transliterate that to ranking minority member and move on …

      From: https://www.senate.gov/reference/glossary_term/ranking_minority_member.htm
      ranking minority member – The highest ranking (and usually longest serving) minority member of a committee or subcommittee. Senators may not serve as ranking minority member on more than one standing committee.

  20. gofer says:

    If you want to know who rules over you look at the ones you are not allowed to critizize:

  21. kuhnkathnkat says:

    The only witch hunt that was going on was the one that found and smeared McCarthy himself to the point that Communist Agitprop, eg. McCarthyism and McCarthyite is now part of our language.

    McCarthy was right and virtually every allegation made against him was a PROVABLE LIE!!!

    Oh, and as far as your post, the same types of people are still leading the witch hunts.

  22. rah says:

    Dr. Wei-Hock Soon’s Peers Fire Back Against Global Warming Witch Hunt

    “As reported by Breitbart News, the New York Times over the weekend ran a hit piece on astrophysicist Willie Soon, pressuring his superiors, Charles R. Alcock of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center and W. John Kress of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, to punish him after the publication of a peer-reviewed paper debunking climate models that predict carbon dioxide will lead to catastrophic global warming.

    Two of Soon’s peers, Bob Carter and Lord Christopher Monckton, have each written letters to Dr. Alcock and other colleagues of Soon’s, defending his professional integrity against the misleading charges brought by NYT authors Justin Gillis and John Schwartz. We reprint these letters here with the permission of their authors.”

    The rest here:http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/02/23/dr-wei-hock-soons-peers-fire-back-against-global-warming-witch-hunt/

  23. gator69 says:

    Loom out skeptics, Hillary won’t let you have all the lime light!

    In an extraordinary report that has not yet been fully digested, the Wall Street Journal tells us that the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation has received millions from foreign governments including Qatar, a prominent backer of Hamas:

    The Clinton Foundation has dropped its self-imposed ban on collecting funds from foreign governments and is winning contributions at an accelerating rate, raising ethical questions as Hillary Clinton ramps up her expected bid for the presidency.

    Recent donors include the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Australia, Germany and a Canadian government agency promoting the Keystone XL pipeline. . . .

    United Arab Emirates, a first-time donor, gave between $1 million and $5 million in 2014, and the German government—which also hadn’t previously given—contributed between $100,000 and $250,000.

    A previous donor, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has given between $10 million and $25 million since the foundation was created in 1999. Part of that came in 2014, although the database doesn’t specify how much.

    The Australian government has given between $5 million and $10 million, at least part of which came in 2014. It also gave in 2013, when its donations fell in the same range.

    Qatar’s government committee preparing for the 2022 soccer World Cup gave between $250,000 and $500,000 in 2014. Qatar’s government had previously donated between $1 million and $5 million.

    Oman, which had made a donation previously, gave an undisclosed amount in 2014. Over time, Oman has given the foundation between $1 million and $5 million. Prior to last year, its donations fell in the same range.


    No conflict of interest here, move along.

  24. gator69 says:

    Then we have Daniel Rosen, whose stupidity went above and beyond the call of duty, putting our country at risk. And of course the perversion is off the scale, if rumors of what is to come out are true. There is allegedly a cesspool of sick people covering for each other, that reaches through the State department and into the White house.

    Senior State Department official Daniel Rosen was arrested for allegedly soliciting a juvenile Tuesday afternoon, a Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman told TheBlaze.

    Rosen, the State Department’s director of counterterrorism, was arrested at his home for the “use of a communication device to solicit a juvenile,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said.

    Fox News reported that the juvenile was actually a female detective posing as a minor in an operation with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Child Exploitation Unit. The unit conducted the investigation and made the arrest, Caldwell said.

    The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office notified the State Department of Rosen’s arrest, Caldwell said.

    A State Department spokesman told TheBlaze late Tuesday that he could not comment on the ongoing situation.

    Rosen was being held in D.C. jail and will be transferred to Fairfax County custody at a later time, according to sheriff’s officials.


    You want an investigation? I got your investigation right here!

  25. Jason Calley says:

    “Rosen, the State Department’s director of counterterrorism, was arrested at his home for the “use of a communication device to solicit a juvenile,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said.”

    This is not to say anything complementary about Rosen, but (if the charges are true) he should be charged with “soliciting a juvenile” not with “use of a communication device to solicit a juvenile.”

    Seriously, does it really make any difference HOW he was soliciting? An email, a phone call, a Valentine card tied to a puppy –why is use of a computer a separate crime? Imagine you were given a speeding ticket for going 45 in a 35 zone. And then they gave you another ticket for “use of an automobile to break speed limits.”

    • gator69 says:

      Often the initial charge is chosen because it is the easiest to prove, and allows them to jail the guilty party. Look for more charges to come, and more offenses to be revealed.

  26. Beale says:

    I doubt that Roger Pielke Jr. has read anything by Ludwig von Mises, but there’s a quotation from his Omnipotent Government (1944) which seems very much to the point: “In the realm of Marxian thought the more radical are always right in despising and attacking the more prudent party members.”

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