Is the EPA running a black-ops program?

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UPDATE: I got a direct email from the EPA with a statement. See below.

From Investors Business Daily:

Clandestine Government: During his first full day in the White House, Barack Obama promised he’d brought with him “a new era of open government.” Yet again, we have a promise that hasn’t been kept.

Among the administration’s many violations of public trust to recently become public is the Environmental Protection Agency’s apparent attempt to keep some of its correspondence hidden from the light of day through the use of aliases.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, for instance, has reportedly used the name “Richard Windsor” to cover her tracks in private emails.

Federal law prohibits the government from using private emails for official communications unless they are appropriately stored and can be tracked. Because things look suspicious at the EPA, the House Science Committee is investigating the possibility that the agency has conducted business it doesn’t want the public to see.

On Friday, the committee delivered letters to the EPA and “various agency inspectors general” seeking to find out if “senior personnel have been conducting official business through secretive means such as aliases and private email accounts.”

The letters, sent by committee Republican members, express concern that “senior Obama Administration appointees” might be violating the Federal Records Act, Freedom of Information Act, the Presidential Records Act, and “other statutes designed to facilitate transparency and oversight.”

Read More At IBD: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/111912-634046-epa-lisa-jackson-emailing-as-richard-windsor.htm#ixzz2ClZF2f8J

UPDATE: This email was sent directly to me this morning, comments follow.

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From: Johnson.Alisha@xxxxxx.epa.gov
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 9:16 AM
To: awatts@xxxxxx.xxx
Subject: EPA Statement

Want to make sure you have EPA’s statement on your story this a.m. This is attributable to EPA, the Agency.

For more than a decade, EPA Administrators have been assigned two official, government-issued email accounts: a public account and an internal account. The email address for the public account is posted on EPA’s website and is used by hundreds of thousands of Americans to send messages to the Administrator. The internal account is an everyday, working email account of the Administrator to communicate with staff and other government officials.

Given the large volume of emails sent to the public account –more than 1.5 million in fiscal year 2012, for instance – the internal email account is necessary for effective management and communication between the Administrator and agency colleagues.

In the case of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, both the public and internal accounts are reviewed for responsive records, and responsive records from both accounts are provided to FOIA requesters.

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That may be so, but it doesn’t explain these things.

1. Why is the account named “Richard Windsor” instead of something like headadmin.internal@internalmail.epa.gov

2. Why there’s no “Richard Windsor” listed at EPA

3. The reticence at making emails public, as required by law.

The EPA has failed to convince.

See this new post where Horner responds here:

Chris Horner responds to the EPA statement today on the question of them running a black-ops program

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52 thoughts on “Is the EPA running a black-ops program?

  1. The trouble with enviros is that once they get convinced they are in a war and the very survival of the biosphere is at stake, there is literally nothing beneath them, in the sense that the most abhorrent actions will still be justified as necessary on the path to save the planet.

  2. B.O’s response to this will likely show what can be expected from the administration for the rest of the term. If he hangs her out to dry then climate change as an issue is dead in the water. More likely is that he’ll do what politicians normally do and cover his own rear end.

  3. Any entity – or agency – that has the power to do anything it wants by declaring something envirnmental unfriendly, whether or not that is so, needs to be watched closely. Since the EPA is taking part in the “great climate change scam,” its officials and the agency itself would undoubtedly react in the same manner as the rest of the climategate partners. I put nothing past any organization that works well beyond its mandate.

    It would not surprise me to see them declare oxygen a pollutant because it causes the destruciton of so many things through the process of “oxidation,” and the fact that it is necessary for life would mean nothing to them. Oh yes, we can declare an “oxygen” tax to go hand in hand with the carbon tax being propossed tor the other essential gas, carbon dioxide. That way that get us for breathing in, and also for breathing out.

  4. “The trouble with enviros is that once they get convinced they are in a war and the very survival of the biosphere is at stake, there is literally nothing beneath them, in the sense that the most abhorrent actions will still be justified as necessary on the path to save the planet.”

    In one word “Fascist” with a big F.

  5. The problem is that Obama’s justice dept would be in charge of any investigations. Which means that they will sit on this and stall for as many years as they can.

  6. If Lisa Jackson were David Petreus, the scandal would already be uncovered. The problem is that to get people to move against officials in DC, your scandal has to do with sexual impropriety, it seems. If you merely break various laws in pursuit of policy, it takes a long time to get to the bottom of it, the FBI won’t be of any help to you.

    The solution is obvious: get the NY Post to allege that the Richard Windsor alias was used to cover up a masochistic affair with Sen. Inhofe. Then we will soon know what is in those emails!

  7. The EPA has a secret agenda which will kill US industry. Any method to reduce their power will help industry and help reduce the US $T debt mountain that is the millstone round the necks of US citizens. Jackson certainly needs to go.

  8. Richard Windsor is the secret code name of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used in some communications over the Internet? Behavior that appears to suggest hiding things that she/he knows are in violation of the regulations and policies.

    And what’s with the opposite sex code name? Creepy.

    John

  9. The Daily Caller reported first that Jackson was using an email alias, based on research by Competitive Enterprise Institute fellow Christopher Horner.

    He says the agency’s use of secret email accounts dates back to the Clinton administration and then-Administrator Carol Browner.

    “You remember Ms. Browner, the lady who suddenly ordered her computer hard drive reformatted and backup tapes erased, hours after a federal court issued a ‘preserve’ order … that her lawyers at the Clinton Justice Department insisted they hadn’t yet told her about?” Horner said in the Daily Caller story.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/19/house-investigates-epa-emails-agency-says-administrators-have-two-accounts/

  10. An interesting question might be: with whom were these false aliases used to communicate?

    Between the EPA’s officials, involving no outsiders?

    Between the EPA and activist organisations?

    Between the EPA and other US government bodies?

    Between the EPA and the White House?

    It could be amusing, perhaps appalling, to see what scuttles out from under this particular rock.

  11. For someone who is not a USA citizen, but in response to John Marshal’s comment: “The EPA has a secret agenda which will kill US industry.”

    Can someone please explain to me what the EPA has to gain in killing the backbone of a nations existence, and hence destroy its own existence? I fail to see the logic here.

  12. John said:
    “If Lisa Jackson were David Petreus, the scandal would already be uncovered.”

    I heard from a homeless can collector (a reliable source for most journalists) that she was using the fake e-mail address to hide multiple affairs.

    Now that I’ve started the rumor, maybe the media will pay attention.

  13. OPEN LETTER { A Parody }

    To: Richard Windsor @ USA’s EPA

    It has come to my attention that you may have been cross dressing at work in a wardrobe style very much like that of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. And further you have been using the women’s bathroom at the EPA office.

    This has caused uncontrollable giggling in the EPA office causing productivity to drop.

    As a US taxpayer, your behavior causes waste of public funds. Please stop.

    Note: your private life is your own business but it about to come out in the MSM that you have been sleeping in the bed of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

    Signed;
    A Concerned Citizen

    { The Parody Ends }

    Ohhhhh . . . This can be fun . . .

    Wouldn’t it be creepy if Mann was found to use a female code name to evade FOI?

    John

  14. I noted on an earlier thread that Fox News has picked up this story. Waiting to see if other news channels might do likewise.

  15. She is a crook. Plain and simple. Now what are you going to do about it Obama? Do you walk the walk or were your transparent government promises just hot air? We all know the answer.

    This is the most corrupt government since Nixon.

  16. One has to ask whether the use of private emails is restricted to the EPA… and I doubt it is. I wouldn’t be surprised if communications related to the Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious, where untold number of Mexican citizens and one US Border Patrol agent were murdered because of actions by this administration were similarly hidden. The Benghazi fiasco and the ensuing coverup on who did what and when is another candidate. When Obama became president, he insisted on being allowed to carry a Blackberry… maybe now we know why.

  17. To fredb:

    The original comment from John Marshall is somewhat of an overreaction. The EPA is not literally trying to kill US industry.

    However, the current administration has been levying more restrictive rules at the rate of some
    17,000 per year. (source: George Mason University Mercatus center http://regdata.mercatus.org/ ).
    The burden of these regulations falls disproportionately on smaller businesses. Larger businesses can better absorb the cost of the regulations. This is one of the reasons why small businesses, faced with high and rising costs, have not been creating jobs at the rate expected. Small businesses in the US have traditionally created between 50%-70% of new jobs during economic recoveries.

    The net effect is not to “kill” US industry, but it does curtail economic growth. Large businesses are generally more mature and do not grow quickly. Why has the current administration more or less deliberately adopted policies which slow growth? Perhaps they believe that slowing US economic growth will slow the growth of all those evil CO2 emissions….

  18. I can’t wait for the bidding war on Presidential pardons to begin in the final year of BO’s term. Bill and Hill set the standard for sleeze and now the Chicago gang will dwarf them.

  19. Me post landed in the bin
    Because I wrote the word “sin”
    So please check there
    To see of my error
    Then release my post to appear herein.

  20. How do we know she’s not been using it to cover up an illicit love affair or selling secrets to foreign agents or rigging the market or…..

  21. Nothing will happen. Nothing happened when Hugobama illegally screwed the bondholders in the motor industry takeovers, nothing happened about the Fast & Furious gun running scandal, nothing happened about the Solyndra scandal, nothing has or will happen about the Libya scandal.

    EPA running a rogue operation? meh…

  22. fredb says:
    […] I fail to see the logic here.

    *******************************************************
    That’s because there is none. We’re talking about people who believe that carbon dioxide is the devil, and will somehow catastrophically heat the earth so that the oceans boil away.
    You just have to ignore earth’s history, your knowledge of science, and that little voice in the back of your head whispering and pleading for a return to your sanity, and it all makes sense.

  23. fredb: “I fail to see the logic here.”

    Hi fredb

    Welcome to the club!!!!!

    Larry and most all of the WUWT reader community.

  24. Big D in TX says:
    November 20, 2012 at 8:53 am
    fredb says:
    […] I fail to see the logic here.

    *******************************************************
    That’s because there is none. We’re talking about people who believe that carbon dioxide is the devil, and will somehow catastrophically heat the earth so that the oceans boil away.
    You just have to ignore earth’s history, your knowledge of science, and that little voice in the back of your head whispering and pleading for a return to your sanity, and it all makes sense.

    No, they believe that man is the problem and man must be eliminated from the face of the earth.

  25. If want to see if it is above board, we just need two FOI requests One of EPA sourced emails sent Richard Windsor. Second to or from Richard Windsor with the key words FOI or FOIA or server or USB.

  26. “The EPA has failed to convince.”

    That’s pretty much a general statement about them – on any subject. :-(

  27. Maybe she uses the account to communicate to her lovers.
    Maybe she is having an affair with a married man and sending him emails as RW is easier.
    Maybe her lover’s gender suggests she should have a man’s name.
    I wonder what’s there but until I read it in the National Enquirer…..I’ll hold judgement.
    cn

  28. Regarding failing to see the logic:

    The problem is not a lack of apparent logic – – the problem is a misapprehension of the actual goals of the EPA & the people running it.

    Their goal is not to promote business, nor even to promote the advancement of the principles or interests of the United States as a nation, nor the people thereof. It’s not even the typical misguided goal of preserving their stake in the bureaucracy, since political appointees have none.

    Their expressed goal is the protection of the environment, not the nation or the economy… and their actual goal as formulated by the zealots currently in charge of it carries the unspoken subtext of, “regardless of consequence.” Which includes acting directly contrary to the purposes of the nation or the populace, or their Constitutional mandate.

    Since their putative overseers in the Administration are willing to run interference for them due to commonality of goal, they feel free to operate with impunity.

    Once you understand their actual goals, their behavior becomes perfectly logical. Ruthless and unacceptable to most people, but nonetheless logical.

    It’s much easier to make the trains run on time if you don’t care who suffers in the process.

  29. fredb: “I fail to see the logic here.”
    ——————————————————-
    The “logic”, what little of it there is, is to pick winners and losers and by doing so reward one’s campaign donors, and often oneself (if one can hide the gain well enough). Coal = loser, so we regulate it as hard as we can. Solar = winner (read “our donors are heavily invested in solar”) so we regulate coal, oil and gas as heavily as we can.

    The tragedy is that many of the “workers” in these organizations honestly believe that their work is to help clean up pollution, etc. While at the top the work is all about driving dollars to donors.

    By the way, this is true for all administrations, whether Republican and Democrat. The only difference is one of degree. And the Chicago boys and girls have set a new standard. I’ll let each judge whether it’s a new high or low.

    Just note that since 1961 four Illinois governors (including the two most recent) have gone to jail for bribery, fraudulent loans, conspiracy, fraud, perjury, and tax evasion. For those keeping score: three Democrats and one Republican.

    Can anyone spot the pattern? Oh, and for those who always scoff at conspiracy theories… well here we at least one of the four who was convicted of conspiracy.

  30. fredb on November 20, 2012 at 6:43 am
    For someone who is not a USA citizen, but in response to John Marshal’s comment: “The EPA has a secret agenda which will kill US industry.”

    Can someone please explain to me what the EPA has to gain in killing the backbone of a nations existence, and hence destroy its own existence? I fail to see the logic here.

    and

    Larry Geiger on November 20, 2012 at 9:31 am
    fredb: “I fail to see the logic here.”

    Hi fredb

    Welcome to the club!!!!!

    Larry and most all of the WUWT reader community.

    – – – – –

    fredb & Larry Geiger,

    I found that John Marshal gave a generic statement of the irrational / illogical nature of some of the more fundamentalist and radical intellects of ideological environmentalism.

    Do you doubt that a significant number of that genre of intellectuals advocate against all modern technology per se? A little googling would be your friend to decide for yourself. N’est ce pas? It is hard stuff to give credence to unless you see for yourself because of its bizarre nature.

    Is it reasonable to expect that the US EPA, because of some of its ideological appearing missions, has necessarily attracted some staff in admin positions that are deeply committed to the fundamentalist / radical intellects of ideological environmentalism? Again Google is your friend. See for yourself. You could only accept it if you see for yourself. Right?

    John

  31. @fredb
    OK, to add to the responses above.
    1. It’s ideological, only Green energy must be allowed.
    2. It works well with crony capitalism. While denigrating large corporations, one can favor them in the market place by snuffing out the small competitors. Statism does not like variety, harder to control. See Dodds/Frank.

  32. @fredb

    If you think that killing the coal-industry isn’t economic warfare against people, than you will continue to fail to see the logic of the remark. And they will not make themselves unnecessary, since oil and gas are next on the list, until there is no industry left. After that they will regulate anything you do when you work in your own garden or in your own barn to make a living. It will be a North Korean style society with ruthless supervision and regulation on anything.

    Open your eyes!

  33. So the EPA closely monitors WUWT, and responds within hours to the story?
    I’d like to know whether a paid employee is monitoring, their name, who else is being monitored and how much it is costing taxpayers.

  34. fredb says:
    November 20, 2012 at 6:43 am
    ….Can someone please explain to me what the EPA has to gain in killing the backbone of a nations existence, and hence destroy its own existence? I fail to see the logic here.
    ____________________________________
    The answer I am afraid delves into “Conspiracy Theory” territory.

    In order to create a new society/government or whatever you first have to destroy the old because people just are not going to embrace something new until you move them out of their comfort zone, and you have to make them VERY uncomfortable.

    We can go to one source who was a founding member of the Club of Rome, the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission, attended the Bilderberg meetings (see p. 410) and lunches with the IMF and World Bank leaders in private on a yearly basis.

    In his autobiography Memoirs on page 405, he plainly states:

    “Some even believe we [the Rockefeller’s] are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure—one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.

    David Rockefeller is a graduate of the London School of Economics whose founders were the founders of the Fabien Society (I suggest you learn about them and LSE)

    Bill Clinton who gave the United States NAFTA, WTO, China’s entry into the WTO, the export of US jobs(unemployment now ~23%) and a climbing trade deficit is also a graduate of LSE.
    Bill Clinton mentioned his much admired professor at Georgetown, Carroll Quigley at his Inaugural Address and thanked him.

    In his history book, Tragedy and Hope Carroll Quigley says:

    “There does exist, and has existed for a generation, an international Anglophile network which operates, to some extent, in the way the radical Right believes the Communists act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Group has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, of any other groups, and frequently does so. I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960’s, to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it…but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known.” (p. 950)

    Quigley also states in his book:

    “The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching plan, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole.”

    In the article From Carroll Quigley to the UN Millennium Summit Steven Yates goes over the question ” Does such an agenda really exist, or are statements about conspiracies to create world government nothing more than “right wing” paranoia?”

    You can also look at what Pascal Lamy, a former EU bureaucrat and now Director-General of the WTO has to say about ‘Global Governance” (Just ‘google it’ ) Lamy goes on in many articles about what it will take to set up an overarching world government, though he prefers to call it a global governance system. He talks about ‘legitimacy’ he says a governance system needs to provide legitimacy, which is essential to ensure ownership over decisions which lead to change — ownership to prevent the built-in bias towards resistance to modifying the status quo. This is where the financial crisis and global economic crisis come in. To get rid of Nations as independent entities you have to have a reason.

    Lamy also make it clear he thinks National Sovereignty is old hat and holds the EU up as a template for the direction modern society should go. (see Of What Use is Global Governance?)

    … the international system is founded on the principle and politics of national sovereignty: the Wesphalian order of 1648 remains very much alive in the international architecture today. In the absence of a truly global government, global governance results from the action of sovereign States. It is inter-national. Between nations….

    But it does not suffice.. In fact, the Wesphalian order is a challenge in itself. The recent crisis has demonstrated it brutally. Local politics has taken the upper hand over addressing global issues. Governments are too busy dealing with domestic issues to dedicate sufficient attention and energy to multilateral negotiations, be they trade negotiations or climate negotiations….

    http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/sppl_e/sppl220_e.htm

    The last question of course is why ‘Global Governance’? The answer is the transnational corporations want it. Borders, tariffs and local laws, officials and politicians are a royal pain in the rear. They cost time and money. You have to bribe not one set of officials and politicians but a set for each country. There is always a chance a greedy politician will ‘nationalize’ your business holdings. So something like the EU makes a lot of sense IF you can get American citizens to go along with it.

  35. “Federal law prohibits the government from using private emails for official communications unless they are appropriately stored and can be tracked. Because things look suspicious at the EPA, the House Science Committee is investigating the possibility that the agency has conducted business it doesn’t want the public to see.”

    I think we can expect a huge crowd trying all at once to hide behind the word “official.”

  36. Gail Combs says:
    November 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Gail, there are lots of things wrong with the national state. And lots of good things. I see nothing wrong with trying to do something with the wrongness within.

    The Steel-Union and EU is exactly a try at that. No wonder, after the West-Goths and the East-Goths has chrashed together twice now. ( French and Germans ). We are tired of it.

    So after the US and British flattened the East-Goths the last time, maybe it was time to do something about it?

    The people in North America already has the US. You can travel around within that territory freely with the same currency and no passport. Good for you. I think you see the benefit.

    The Europeans could do that too before all the states popped up in Europe. Would be nice to get that back, me thinks. And international trade is the best peace keeper. Hence WTO.

    There is no right wing against it. It’s the Statist’s who is against it. Those who like a strong national state. Per definition, that is the left wing, not the right.

    The right wing, like me, wants individual freedom, democracy, free trade. No passports, no national currency, no borders to bother you when you travel. Don’t mix up what is left, and what is right.

  37. Gail Combs says:
    November 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    “The last question of course is why ‘Global Governance’? The answer is the transnational corporations want it. Borders, tariffs and local laws, officials and politicians are a royal pain in the rear. They cost time and money. You have to bribe not one set of officials and politicians but a set for each country. There is always a chance a greedy politician will ‘nationalize’ your business holdings. So something like the EU makes a lot of sense IF you can get American citizens to go along with it.”

    Interesting idea, but there are strong pressures in the other direction. Big companies may have more problems with international trade and business issues than smaller ones, but they also have more resources to deal with them. In the end, the advantage now probably belongs to the bigger entities. More “global governance” would give them more competition from smaller, more agile companies. And a more unified, worldwide governing entitiy would be able to regulate these companies worldwide. The paperwork might be easier, but they’d no longer be able to pick their venues, such as placing factories in places with less restrictive environmental laws, to avoid the really difficult regulations.

  38. Gail Combs says November 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    The answer I am afraid delves into “Con-spir-acy Theory” territory.

    …and with the wildest of stories and anecdotes from the most dubious of sources which read like The Enquirer.

    One might be asked to see your ‘Bircher’ (not birth-er) credentials to make all those pronouncements, but seeings as how they are (or were) available in cracker-jack boxes or The New American (and now can be printed off one’s own 3-color printer) I can safely assume you are ‘self-credentialed’.

    Just remember one thing: “Con-spir-acy theories are the favored tools of the weak minded.” meaning if you can’t explain the actual political and financial workings of the world you ‘make it up’ and spin a tale as wildly conceivable as possible that fit your self-published ‘facts’ for the purposes of well, shaping the world in your self-conceived image; one classically called ‘populism’, seen as ‘rule by the proletariat’ in their struggle over the bourgeois (and I thought we had overcome that in America, but here it is again being run up the flag pole …)

    .

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