By James Hirsen
Global warming advocates are seeking to use a criminal statute that was originally designed to assist in the prosecution of organized crime figures. Twenty so-called scientific experts recently signed a letter, which was sent to the Obama administration. The correspondence included a demand that individuals who hold an opposing viewpoint on the subject of global warming be investigated and prosecuted via the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
The RICO Act is a 1970 federal law, which was passed in order for law enforcement agencies to be able to make arrests, and the justice system to ultimately prosecute members of organized crime. The RICO statute includes within it potential sentences of 20 years in prison for those who are convicted.
"We strongly endorse Senator Whitehouse's call for a RICO investigation," the "scientists" wrote in the letter to the president. The writers claimed that the "methods of these organizations are quite similar to those used earlier by the tobacco industry," adding that "A RICO investigation (1999 to 2006) played an important role in stopping the tobacco industry from continuing to deceive the American people about the dangers of smoking." The politician to which the letter refers, Rhode Island Sen. Whitehouse, had penned an article, which was published in the Washington Post in May 2015, calling for those individuals and institutions deemed to be global warming deniers to be criminally prosecuted. [more...]