Feds ban First Amendment rights for skeptical weather scientists

The Obama administration is beginning to lose control over the narrative regarding “climate change” and “global warming,” leading it to suspend the First Amendment like it wants the rest of us who don’t buy the hoax to suspend belief in what we see and hear.

As noted by Dane Wigington at GeoEngineering Watch, the “power structure” is in panic mode as more Americans come to realize that the “man-caused warming” storyline is just that: a story.

“In recent weeks,” writes Wigington, “Washington has placed ‘gag orders’ on the following agency employees, ‘The National Weather Service,’ the ‘National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,’ and the ‘U.S. Department of Commerce.’ This is a massive red flag that should trigger alarm bells everywhere.” The article links to a supporting document.[PDF]

Bill Hopkins, the executive vice president for the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO), had this to say:

As a taxpayer, I find it highly disturbing that a government agency continues to push gag orders to hide how they operate. This is the work of the American government, owned by the American public, and should be open to the American public.

We’re not allowed to know how bogus the “global warming” narrative really is

Meanwhile, Jeff Ruch, the executive director for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), also commented on the gag orders:

The National Weather Service is about the last place where national security-style secrecy rules need to be enforced. Everyone is free to talk about the weather except for the people working inside the National Weather Service. Go figure.

Both groups have filed a federal complaint asking U.S. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner to get the gag orders lifted.

Wigington said he spoke to an NOAA scientist some time ago, who told him, “We all know it’s going on (climate engineering) but we are afraid to speak out, we have no First Amendment protection.” Thus, the new gag order stifles speech even further while chilling federal whistleblower protections as well.

In its press release discussing the gag order, PEER noted that a key provision of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 – an Obama-era law – supposedly curbed the use of blanket nondisclosure policies or agreements, otherwise known as “gag orders,” that are implemented by federal agencies. The law allows for specific exceptions, but they must be included as part of any such confidentiality directive.

In particular, the complaint identified three areas where the order forbids employees of the affected federal agencies from disclosing information. …