I am not defending what the National Post did in any way but their libel nor does the findings by the House of Commons completely exonerate the scientists of the UAE.
While the House of Commons showed there was no proof of "tampering" of the data in the climategate sample it was because the UAE deleted all of the raw data in question.
SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.
It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.
There was no way to prove if the data had been tampered with because the data was deleted. The only thing that was left was their "value added" data.
I don't know if what the UAE did could be considered science because science is supposed to be an open and completely transparent process. When you throw out your raw data instead of releasing it when legally and morally obliged to you shouldn't be able to be called a scientist any more.
That's why the head of the CRU at UAE resigned his post.
They also engaged in trying to get skeptics from being published in scientific journals, among other things.
I absolutely wish we could debate the science and be 100% objective in its analysis when you put humans into the equation it simply isn't possible.