I'm happy to report that my alma mater, the University of Virginia, is not only fighting back against State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's witch hunt against climate scientist Michael Mann, they are also being pretty clear about their protest:
In its most strongly-worded court filing to date, UVA characterized Cuccinelli's investigation as "an unprecedented and improper governmental intrusion into ongoing scientific research" and said that Cuccinelli is targeting Mann because he "disagrees with his academic research regarding climate change."
In other words, they're saying this is a politically and ideologically motivated abuse of power, which I've been saying all along.
I'm thrilled to see the University standing firm. Cuccinelli's actions, on purpose or otherwise, are sending out a message that academic research can be chilled due to political ideology, and that is something that must not be allowed. I fully support what UVa is doing, and hope they can stop Cuccinelli in his tracks.
The University's court filing really is worth reading. Thomas Jefferson would be proud.