Climate Change Denial Front Group Heartland Institute Sends Emails to Bloggers Threatening Legal Action

Intimidation
Wingnuts • Views: 37,651

Here’s the email forwarded to me today by Jim Lakely, the Heartland Institute’s director of communications, threatening me with legal action because I wrote a post about the leaked Heartland documents:

February 18, 2012

Mr. Charles Johnson
Editor
Little Green Footballs

Re: Stolen and Faked Heartland Documents

[Link: littlegreenfootballs.com…]

Dear Mr. Johnson:

It has come to our attention that your blog or web site has taken one or more of the following actions:

- Posted links to a document titled “Confidential Memo: 2012 Heartland Climate Strategy.”

- Posted links to certain other documents purporting to be those of The Heartland Institute.

- Posted blogs or web pages discussing any or all of these documents.

Please be advised that the Confidential Memo is fake. It was not written by anyone associated with Heartland. It does not express Heartland’s goals, plans, or tactics. It contains several obvious and gross misstatements of fact. Publication of this falsified document, or blogs or web pages about it, is improper and unlawful.

As to other documents purported to be authored by Heartland, we are investigating how they came to be published and whether they are authentic or have been altered or fabricated. Several of the documents say on their face that they are confidential documents and all of them were taken from Heartland by improper and fraudulent means. Publication or republication of any and all confidential or altered documents is improper and unlawful.

Furthermore, Heartland views the malicious and fraudulent manner in which the documents were obtained and/or thereafter disseminated, as well as the repeated blogs or web site posts about them, as providing the basis for civil actions against those who obtained and/or disseminated them and wrote about them. Heartland fully intends to pursue all possible actionable civil remedies to the fullest extent of the law.

Therefore, we respectfully demand: (1) that you remove links to these documents from your blog or web site; (2) that you remove all posts that refer or relate in any manner to these documents or quotes from them; (3) that you publish retractions of prior postings; and (4) that you remove all such documents from your server, if you have placed them there.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.

Very truly yours,
Maureen Martin
General Counsel

UPDATE at 2/19/12 8:52:33 pm

Greg Laden also got one of these lawyer letters: I Just Got an Email From the Heartland Institute About the ‘HeartlandGate’ Documents : Greg Laden’s Blog.

UPDATE at 2/19/12 9:12:53 pm

Desmogblog also received a threatening letter: Heartland Demands DeSmogBlog Remove ”Climate Strategy’ Document.

UPDATE at 2/19/12 9:21:53 pm

This was tweeted tonight by Heartland Institute spokesman Jim Lakely:

Note: Lakely is citing a tweet by Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) — a well-known white supremacist and racist — containing a link to a blog that recently posted a video created by neo-Nazis, praising the racist novel “The Turner Diaries.”

UPDATE at 2/19/12 9:46:53 pm

More threats from the Heartland Institute: Heartland Institute Threatens 71-Year-Old Veteran | Recorder Online.

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds Tweet

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Recent PagesClick to refresh
A Third of Black Women in Study of Disadvantaged Neighborhood Have PTSD - Chicago Tribune Nortasha Stingley doesn't remember a lot about the weeks after her 19-year-old daughter was shot and killed nearly four years ago. All she could do was cry. All she wanted to do was scream. After Stingley lost 40 pounds ...
Birth Control Works
18 hours, 57 minutes ago
Views: 135 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
How Trees Talk to Each Other Published on Aug 30, 2016 "A forest is much more than what you see," says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast ...
Birth Control Works
19 hours, 59 minutes ago
Views: 163 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Classic Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies Recipe - NYT Cooking ngredients 1 cup/227 grams (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, more for pans 1 cup/200 grams dark brown sugar, packed ⅓ cup/66 grams granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 tablespoon/15 milliliters vanilla extract 1 ½ cups/187 grams all-purpose flour ¾ ...
The Vicious Babushka
1 day, 18 hours ago
Views: 166 • Comments: 2 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Ricardo Naipes, Al NorteI love how this song is about people living in the same neighborhood where my mom grew up in Southwest Detroit way back when the accordion was for the polka music. Oh and will someone please translate,,
Mich-again
2 days, 5 hours ago
Views: 184 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Maple Scones Recipe - NYT Cooking Ingredients 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup white flour (more as needed) 2 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ pound (1 stick) chilled butter ½ cup chopped toasted walnuts or cooked wheat ...
The Vicious Babushka
2 days, 8 hours ago
Views: 214 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
How Politicians Force Doctors to Lie to Women - Rolling Stone On Tuesday, the Texas Senate advanced a bill that would enable doctors to lie to pregnant patients about fetal deformities in order to coercively dissuade them from choosing to have an abortion. Specifically, SB 25 eliminates withholding information regarding ...
Birth Control Works
2 days, 8 hours ago
Views: 259 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Gang Rape of 15-Year-Old Was on Facebook Live; Police Search for Attackers - North Lawndale - DNAinfo Chicago CHICAGO — A 15-year-old girl who had been reported missing was gang-raped on Facebook Live, officials said. The girl went missing Sunday. On Tuesday, Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago Police Department spokesman, announced she had been found by Ogden District ...
Birth Control Works
2 days, 8 hours ago
Views: 589 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 3 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Man Jailed Indefinitely for Refusing to Decrypt Hard Drives Loses Appeal Forensic examination also disclosed that Doe [Rawls] had downloaded thousands of files known by their "hash" values to be child pornography. The files, however, were not on the Mac Pro, but instead had been stored on the encrypted external ...
Unshaken Defiance
2 days, 16 hours ago
Views: 613 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
In America, We’re All ‘Somebody Else’s Babies’ But somebody else’s babies is exactly who we are, especially in the eyes of Native Americans slaughtered and displaced to make way for the rest of us. Whether we were brought here against our wills in the hulls of ...
Birth Control Works
2 days, 17 hours ago
Views: 534 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Comments: 0
: 1
How to Survive Gaslighting: When Manipulation Erases Your Reality It’s obvious to those already initiated. To those new to the phenomena: the president and the current administration are gaslighting us. It’s a term we are hearing a lot of right now. The term “gaslighting” refers to when someone ...
Birth Control Works
2 days, 18 hours ago
Views: 524 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0