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Tue Dec 17, 2013, 10:02 AM

 

Climate change expert's fraud was 'crime of massive proportion,' say feds


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Former high-ranking Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official John Beale testifies
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December 16, 2013
By Michael Isikoff
NBC News National Investigative Correspondent


The EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change deserves to go to prison for at least 30 months for lying to his bosses and saying he was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job, say federal prosecutors.

John C. Beale, who pled guilty in September to bilking the government out of nearly $1 million in salary and other benefits over a decade, will be sentenced in a Washington, D.C., federal court on Wednesday. In a newly filed sentencing memo, prosecutors said that his lies were a "crime of massive proportion" that were “offensive” to those who actually do dangerous work for the CIA.

Beale’s lawyer, while acknowledging his guilt, has asked for leniency and offered a psychological explanation for the climate expert’s bizarre tales.

“With the help of his therapist,” wrote attorney John Kern, “Mr. Beale has come to recognize that, beyond the motive of greed, his theft and deception were animated by a highly self-destructive and dysfunctional need to engage in excessively reckless, risky behavior.” Kern also said Beale was driven “to manipulate those around him through the fabrication of grandiose narratives … that are fueled by his insecurities.”

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- The irony is his story could have as easily been true, because he's just the kinda guy the CIA hires. You know, delusional......

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DeSwiss Dec 2013 OP
LonePirate Dec 2013 #1
DeSwiss Dec 2013 #5
Pholus Dec 2013 #2
DeSwiss Dec 2013 #6
Jackpine Radical Dec 2013 #3
DeSwiss Dec 2013 #7
Baitball Blogger Dec 2013 #4
DeSwiss Dec 2013 #8
CreekDog Dec 2013 #10
DeSwiss Dec 2013 #18
okaawhatever Dec 2013 #11
DeSwiss Dec 2013 #19
politichew Dec 2013 #9
Savannahmann Dec 2013 #12
Blue_Tires Dec 2013 #13
DeSwiss Dec 2013 #15
Bandit Dec 2013 #14
DeSwiss Dec 2013 #16
B2G Dec 2013 #21
ChisolmTrailDem Dec 2013 #17
DeSwiss Dec 2013 #20

Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 10:08 AM

1. Why the big fuss? If he was a defense contractor or banker, he'd get off scott free

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Response to LonePirate (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 10:33 AM

5. Of course. And besides, his important work with the CIA is sorely needed.

 

- Otherwise they'd have never hired him in the first place!

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 10:09 AM

2. AND with a tendency for dissembling -- just like the CIA.

I can see that particular con working out well!

Of course, we could discuss how our government's love of secrecy enabled this but that might be getting a bit too real...

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Response to Pholus (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 10:35 AM

6. As long as he can work it out.....

 

...with his therapist. After numerous hours of treatment. And loads and loads of drugs.

- I'm sure they'll come to an understanding.....

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 10:14 AM

3. Jeez, right on the heels of the Affluenza defense,

we have the Psychopath Defense.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 10:38 AM

7. And just because he's a psychopath who was also the in-house ''Climate Change'' expert.

 

- Shouldn't hurt the Climate Change education initiatives politically, nor in any other way. I'm almost sure of it.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 10:16 AM

4. So the man was insecure and told a lie, his employers bought it and he kept on lying.

I'm not so sure I'm buying the "insecurity" defense.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 10:41 AM

8. And he did it for 30 months without getting caught!

 

- Beats the hell out of an 'ol slacker/desk-sleeper like George Costanza, any day!

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 10:50 AM

10. at least George showed up!

more than this guy can say!

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #10)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 01:30 PM

18. But when he did show up......

 

...and did his job, he always did it poorly.





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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 10:58 AM

11. The CIA has an official policy of neither confirming or denying their employees. Remember when the

gong show host claimed in a memoir that he worked for the CIA?

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Response to okaawhatever (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 01:31 PM

19. Talk about working the system.

 

- HA!

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 10:42 AM

9. How long until people use him to discredit climate change? nt

 

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Response to politichew (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 11:00 AM

12. That was the first question that leaped into my mind

 

I'll bet money that if I jump to the Conservative sites they'll be gleefully pointing out that the Government admits that the leading expert on Climate Change is delusional.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 11:01 AM

13. Told everyone he was CIA? Why?

Because he thinks chicks dig spies?

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #13)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 01:22 PM

15. If picking up chicks was all he wanted to do.....

 

The Internets can be mighty helpful:

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Or, if need be:

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- You'll notice that the perfesser says that the lesson he's teaching is the ''next to late resort.'' We all know what the last resort is......

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 12:01 PM

14. Says he was there over a decade, so I imagine he was appointed by Bush*

Obama has kept a good portion of Bush*'s appointees and this appears to be one of them.

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Response to Bandit (Reply #14)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 01:23 PM

16. This.....

 

...is what ''not looking back'' will get you.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 01:28 PM

17. “to manipulate those around him through the fabrication of grandiose narratives …"

 

Translation: He's a really gifted bullshitter.

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Response to ChisolmTrailDem (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 01:33 PM

20. Sociopaths are often charming too.

 

- And they seem to just love Washington DC for some reason.


Political Ponerology

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