” I mean, I want it implemented on a thievery basis. Goddamn it, get in and get those files. Blow the safe and get it.”–Richard Nixon
In 1946, when Richard Nixon first ran for Congress he used smear tactics to insinuate his opponent Democrat Jerry Voorhis had Communist ties because he had once been endorsed by the pro-labor CIO-PAC.
In 1950 in his bid for the Senate, he again used the art of the smear against his opponent Helen Douglas trying to tie her to communism.
Nixon was a member of HUAC and later passed along files to McCarthy to aid in his witch hunt to root out Commies. Nixon advised McCarthy not to put exact numbers on the exact amount of commies in the Government saying, “On the other hand, if you were to say that there were so many people whose records disclosed Communist-front affiliations and associations–this you can prove.”
Fast forward to 1971. That summer, the Nixon White House decided that Daniel Ellsberg, leaker of the Pentagon Papers must be discredited. He exposed the truth about the Vietnam War. To that end, John Erlichman summoned “Bud” Egil Krogh and David Young to find information that could discredit Ellsberg.
In a piece written in the NY Times by Krogh in 2007 he writes
Mr. Hunt urged us to carry out a “covert operation” to get a “mother lode” of information about Mr. Ellsberg’s mental state, to discredit him, by breaking into the office of his psychiatrist, Dr. Lewis Fielding. Mr. Liddy told us the F.B.I. had frequently carried out such covert operations — a euphemism for burglaries — in national security investigations, that he had even done some himself.
Now we come to the present. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has now been in force for decades. Signed off on by a reluctant LBJ, FOIA was enacted so that American citizens could file requests to see what there government was up to.
Through the years, other states started enacting their own FOI laws, like Florida. In Florida, like many other states they don’t call in FOI, they call it sunshine laws
The Florida Sunshine Law, established in 1995, is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to the public records of government bodies in Florida.
Here is where we come to the heart of the matter.
The anti-GMO group US Right to Know (USRTK) headed by anti-corporate miscreant, Gary Ruskin has channeled Nixon, both early and Watergate era Nixon. While not engaging in criminality they have legally abused a law to discredit those who they saw as the enemy. Why?
Ruskin and his group are vehemently anti-GMO. He and his cohort Stacy Malkin were the brains behind the California GMO labeling law.
They filed FOIA requests for thirteen public scientists. Their main target was Kevin Folta who for years has been doing outreach on the science of GMOS and how to talk about it.
Folta is their arch nemesis–their Dr. No. He is someone who is a smart science communicator and he talks about science, the kind of science, as it turns out, they don’t like. He is very effective in talking about the facts and science. Because of that he must be brought down and his reputation destroyed.
When Folta first got word that Ruskin had requested his emails he called him and said basically, “What do you want, I’ll send it to you?” Ruskin said NO, he wanted the emails.
Ruskin could have just requested funding sources. If he was really honestly interested, that’s all he needed.
Ruskin was looking to find emails that could be taken out of context to discredit Folta. It’s not about truth or transparency. It’s about destroying your perceived enemy.
Yes, Folta’s university, not Folta personally, got money–25 large to be exact, from Monsanto to help fund his public outreach. It wasn’t for his research, which is non-GMO, but to speak about GM science in which he is very well versed.
Basically, they gave him money to continue to do what he was already doing. But I do have to say this. Even though we only met once in person, and I do consider him a friend, I think he brought this on himself. He was being a little circumspect, if that’s the right word, in not disclosing the fact that his university was given money, but that it wasn’t used to fund his research. But that doesn’t negate the fact the accusations against him are unfounded.
He got money from Monsatan, so what? Focus on the science and not the funding. Since the antis don’t have the actual science on their side they have resorted to character assassination.
Gary Ruskin is not looking for transparency, he is looking to discredit scientists who disagree with his anti-science stance.
And what has been the result of this campaign for the truth and transparency? Harassment, death threats, intimidation and the posting online of personal family information including his address, by the anti-GMO contingent.
Will Ruskin step up and denounce this terrorist behavior or is this was he wanted all along? Did he know that by giving raw tainted meat to the starving mutts would create this onslaught of borderline criminality?
They’ve attacked a good man, a man who is trying to make a difference in this world, unlike the miscreants who are attacking him. This is the left we’re talking about, not the right. The supposed good guys. The anti-GMO movement has become Hannity, Beck and Limbaugh all rolled into one.
And now let’s move on to another scientist who is a Ruskin target, Dr. Michelle “Shelley” McGuire a researcher at Washington State University and expert in human milk and lactation. She read a study commissioned by the anti-GMO group Moms Across America that claimed there were dangerous levels of glyphosate in breast milk. She decided to do a follow-up study and came to the opposite conclusion. She was upfront that she and her team worked with Monsanto, they reached out to the company, but she also noted that their results were sent to a third-party independent lab to confirm their findings.
You can read about it here. Nutritionist Michelle McGuire responds to attacks in wake of ‘glyphosate not in milk’ study
Enter Ruskin. He demanded her emails even though she, like Folta, offered to hand over any relevant funding data.
Ruskin is a thug. He doesn’t want transparency, he wants to silence and destroy those who have the actual evidence on their side. His group is the left version of the Climategate people, except worse.
If Ruskin has a counterpart in Nixon’s Plumbers, I guess it would be Bernard Barker, who was recruited by E. Howard Hunt to dig up dirt on Ellsberg. Huh, and I guess that makes Ronnie Cummins Maurice Stans, since the Organic Consumers Association is the biggest funder of USRTK