The Global Warning On Global Warming

Some time ago, I described the pseudo-scientific theory of so-called “global warming” as “the phrenology of the modern age.” In light of the latest avalanche of actual scientific evidence, it would appear I was actually being a bit on the generous side. After all, while practitioners of phrenology might have been as far off the mark as an Al Gore slide show, at least they were trying to help someone else. The only beneficiaries of the global warming hoax are the hoaxsters themselves. While that means only that global warming is no different than virtually every other aspect of liberalism, it also means that every aspect of American society is threatened.

The latest crack in global warming’s crumbling wall appeared last week in the United Kingdom with a quiet acknowledgement by the UK’s Met Office and the University of East Anglia that not only is the Earth not warming, the oven is off and the pilot light is out. Moreover, data collected from more than 30,000 measuring stations and released last week have put the deep freeze on global warming, instead indicating that the temperature trend pointed to by global warmists peaked in 1997.

Additionally, the current solar cycle has reached its maximum output and is, therefore, headed into what scientists call “Cycle 25,” which researchers at NASA and the University of Arizona have declared will be much weaker than solar cycles over the past century. In fact, the latest Met Office research predicts that Cycle 25 and subsequent 11-year solar cycles will likely approach the “Dalton minimum” for solar output, matching the solar slump which lowered Europe’s mean temperatures by 2 degrees centigrade during the 18th and 19th centuries. Some scientists predict solar energy could bottom out even further, matching the “Maunder minimum” — the coolest period of the “Little Ice Age” — which held the planet in its chilly grip from the mid-16th to mid-19th centuries.

According to leading observers from respected institutions, the failure of global warmists to credit the sun for its role in global temperature swings nearly obviates the entire global warming industry. Nicola Scafetta, Ph.D., of Duke University notes:

If temperatures continue to stay flat or start to cool again, the divergence between the models and recorded data will eventually become so great that the whole scientific community will question the current theories.

It’s fair to presume that he’s already omitting global warmists from the “scientific community” given the remote likelihood that they will abandon the scam which has kept them in clover since the early 1970s, when the same climactic phrenologists who roar about global warming now were shrieking about global cooling.

These latest revelations about the myriad flaws and scientific method violations that mark the progression of the global warming theories combine with the well-established fact that global warmists have never employed more than anecdotal evidence that the basis of their fearmongering even exists to produce what ought to be a final curtain for global warming and the entire so-called “climate change” industry.

And yet, I have a theory — based on decades’ worth of firsthand observation — that neither global warming nor the industry its proponents spawned will be headed for the booth next to the tinfoil-hat salesmen at the next Flat Earth Society conference. Despite the altruistic claims of leading global warmists from Gore to the Headlands Institute eggheads, they’re highly unlikely to abandon their cause for the same two reasons nanny-staters have been pressing their jackboots down upon the necks of people across the world since time immemorial:

  1. Money.
  2. Power.

Consider Obama’s continued devotion to so-called “green jobs” boondoggles, despite the Brobdingnagian barrelsful of taxpayer cash that they absorb without producing any quantifiable benefit. Solyndra, LightSquared and Ener1 (which flatlined right after Obama’s State of the Union address last week) have combined to cost the taxpayers billions of dollars in unrecoverable funds. All of them are fiscal disasters, yet Obama swore during the same address to continue to shovel our money into their gaping maws. In some cases, the output of these “green” ventures is dangerous: What’s the total amount of greenhouse outgassing produced by a burning Chevy Volt?

Gore sells books and video copies of his Oscar-winning slide show. He also lives like a pharaoh. Outside the pile of money left behind by his tobacco-baron father, Gore’s lavish lifestyle is funded almost entirely by his exploitation of global warming fear. And he’s hardly alone. In “No Need to Panic About Global Warming,” an opinion piece that appeared in The Wall Street Journal last week, 16 scientists noted:

Alarmism over climate is of great benefit to many, providing government funding for academic research and a reason for government bureaucracies to grow. Alarmism also offers an excuse for governments to raise taxes, taxpayer-funded subsidies for businesses that understand how to work the political system, and a lure for big donations to charitable foundations promising to save the planet.

The column also noted the striking similarities between the global warmists’ method of enforcing their dogma with retribution and even banishment and the intellectual dark ages of the Soviet Union, in which anyone who opposed Trofim Lysenko’s ludicrously medieval scientific theories was stripped of prestige, imprisoned and even killed.

To be fair, the world could probably benefit from a reduction in the population of arrogant pseudo-intellectual academics. And it almost goes without saying that anything that cuts the odds that Gore might show up in your town (flying a private jet, of course) to make you and your neighbors sit through one of his monotonous lectures on bumper-sticker science is — well — good. But global warmists have infiltrated virtually every aspect of public life. They are turning once-respectable universities into black holes of meaningful thought. They drain billions of dollars from the Treasury in pure cash and then drain millions of dollars more in meaningless regulations that have no effect on the jungles, but crush industrial output. They create idiotic bureaucratic boondoggles (like the Kyoto Protocol) that ripple through the global economic strata, hiking prices and ruining lives.

The food we eat, the fuel we need and the items we require (incandescent light bulbs, anyone?) are all more expensive, more scarce and more needlessly regulated because liberals like Obama recognize the value of fear over reason and the value of lockstep-marching minions who act without question.

Scientists ought to be consumed with the search for facts. As last week’s news — along with decades of actual data — proves, one fact is clear: Global warming hasn’t reduced our quality of life; global warmists have.

FDA Sued For Hacking Employee Email

A group of scientists and doctors who were employed by the Food and Drug Administration are suing the agency after it monitored their personal email.

According to The Washington Post, the FDA began monitoring the staffers when they warned Congress that the agency was approving medical devices that they said posed unacceptable risks to patients.

The lawsuit alleges that the information collected from the employee’s personal email beginning in January 2009 contributed to the harassment and firing of six FDA employees. The agency also scoured the employees’ computers for documents related to the communications with Congress.

Though FDA computers display a message stating that employees have no reasonable expectation of privacy when using the machines, the employees say that accessing their personal emails was a violation of Constitutional rights.

“Who would have thought that they would have the nerve to be monitoring my communications to Congress?” Robert C. Smith, one of the plaintiffs in the suit, a former radiology professor at Yale and Cornell universities and former FDA device reviewer, told the newspaper. “How dare they?”

The FDA Office of Device Evaluation said they first made internal complaints beginning in 2007 that the agency had approved or was near approving at least a dozen radiological devices, the effectiveness of which not proven, posing risks to millions of patients.

According to experts, the biggest legal issues in the case are whether the monitoring was legal and what level of monitoring on government computers is reasonable as technology increasingly blurs the lines between work and private life.

China Bests United States In Several Industries

A new report by 24/7 Wall St. details a number of industries in which the United States once led world production that are now dominated by China.

China’s gross domestic product is measured at about $6.5 trillion and America’s GDP is more than $15.2 trillion, according to the International Monetary Fund. Last year, China’s economy expanded at more than 9 percent. America’s GDP grew only 2 percent. Most economists expect China’s economy to surpass the United States’ in the next decade or two.

The eight industries in which China has already outperformed the United States are:

1. Steel
China production: 627 million metric tons in 2010
U.S. production: 80 million metric tons in 2010
U.S. position: Third

2. Cotton
China production: 7.3 million metric tons in 2011
U.S. production: 3.4 million metric tons in 2011
U.S. position: Third

3. Initial Public Offerings
China production: $73 billion raised in 2011
U.S. production: $30.7 billion raised in 2011
U.S. position: Second

4. Tobacco
China production: 3 million metric tons in 2010
U.S. production: 0.33 million metric tons in 2010
U.S. position: Fourth

5. Autos
China production: 18.3 million autos in 2010
U.S. production: 7.8 million autos in 2010
U.S. position: Third

6. Beer Production
China production: 443.8 million hectoliters in 2010
U.S. production: 227.8 million hectoliters in 2010
U.S. position: Second

7. High-Technology Exports
China production: $348 billion in 2009
U.S. production: $142 billion in 2009
U.S. position: Second

8. Coal Production
China production: 3.24 billion short tons produced in 2010
U.S. production: 985 million tons produced in 2010
U.S. position: Second

Pentagon Prepares For Talks With Iraq

The President Barack Obama Administration is preparing to commence talks with Iraq on ironing out the details of a long-term defense relationship that may include more U.S. training help, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s chief policy aide.

The Associated Press reported that Michele Flournoy, who is leaving her Pentagon post on Feb. 3, told a small group of reporters that the Administration is open to Iraqi suggestions concerning the scope and depth of the defense ties between the two countries.

“One of the things we’re looking forward to doing is sitting down with the Iraqis in the coming month or two to start thinking about how they want to work with” the U.S. military to develop a program of exercises, training and other forms of security cooperation, Flournoy told reporters.

Both sides had considered keeping several thousand American troops in Iraq to help with training, but they failed to reach an agreement prior to the expiration of a 2008 deal that required all U.S. forces to leave, according to the AP.

The New York Times reported that the State Department is operating a small fleet of surveillance drones in Iraq to protect the United States Embassy and consulates in the Arab nation, but Iraqi officials have expressed outrage over these actions.

Climatologists: Global Cooling On The Horizon

Global warming alarmist Al Gore may be sweating following the release of new temperature data showing that the planet has not warmed in the past 15 years and may, in fact, be heading for a mini ice age.

Data issued last week by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit based on figures from 30,000 climate measuring stations confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures actually ended in 1997, according to Daily Mail.

NASA scientists say that the sun-cycles that have resulted in the increased number of sunspots are weakening, and the next cycle—Cycle 25—which is expected to peak in 2022, will be weaker than the last and result in a drop in temperatures.

Climate scientists told The Mail on Sunday that, after emitting unusually high levels of energy throughout the 20th Century, the sun is now heading towards a ‘grand minimum’ in its output, threatening cold summers, bitter winters and a shortening of the season available for growing food. The mini ice age the planet could be headed for could reportedly rival a 70-year temperature drop in the 17th Century that froze the River Thames in London during winters.

N.C. Racial Justice Act gets first hearing

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Jan. 31 (UPI) — The first hearing under the Racial Justice Act, a law intended to resolve past instances of courtroom racism, got under way Monday in North Carolina.

Marcus Reymond Robinson, convicted in 1994 for a murder committed in 1991, will be the first of more than 150 death row inmates to have a judge decide whether he was unjustly sentenced to die. The law can result in a reduction of his sentence to life imprisonment without parole if it can be proven racism was a factor in his prosecution or in the state’s judicial systems as a whole, the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer reported.

Robinson is African-American. His victim, Erik Tornblom, was white.

At the evidentiary hearing Monday, defense lawyer James E. Ferguson III presented statistical evidence of exclusion of black jurors from capital murder trials, the newspaper said.

Cumberland County prosecutors dispute the claim, and have been collecting evidence to show dismissal of potential jurors, in Robinson’s case and in other capital cases, was not race-based.

The hearing is expected to last two weeks, the newspaper said. Whichever side loses is likely to take the case to the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Andrew Young trial delayed in N.C.

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C., Jan. 31 (UPI) — The criminal contempt hearing of Andrew Young, a former campaign aide to 2004 U.S. Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards, was delayed Monday.

Judge Michael Morgan postponed a hearing scheduled for Monday in Hillsborough, N.C., so a new prosecutor could be assigned to the case, the Burlington (N.C.) Times News reported.

At issue is whether Young should be held in contempt of court for turning over to federal investigators sealed documents, and possibly a videotape allegedly presenting a sex act between Edwards and Reille Hunter, a videographer with whom the former North Carolina U.S. senator had a child.

Hunter sued Young in 2010, accusing him and his wife of taking her property, including the videotape. It was later revealed that federal prosecutors had received the tape and other documents believed to be under seal.

Young also wrote a tell-all book about the Edwards campaign in 2008.

Judge reaffirms ruling in pedophile case

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 30 (UPI) — The judge in a trial involving priests accused of sexual abuse Monday reaffirmed her ruling a former Archdiocese of Philadelphia leader is competent to testify.

Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told defense attorney Thomas A. Bergstrom, “I’ll adhere to my original ruling” in the trial of Msgr. William J. Lynn, a former church official accused of enabling pedophile priests, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The defense has claimed 88-year-old Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, formerly the head of the Archdiocese, is senile and unable to remember anything about the past two decades.

Lynn and three other priests are on trial.

The judge did not specify whether Bevilacqua’s testimony would be in the courtroom, or whether the replay of a video transcript of questioning, made in November at his residence, would be sufficient.

Gag photo brings Air Force punishment

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas, Jan. 30 (UPI) — A photo of U.S. Air Force personnel posing by an open casket, one in a noose and chains, was an informal safety warning, not a crime, investigators concluded.

Members of the 345th Training Squadron of the 37th Training Group, stationed at Fort Lee, Va., were found not to be offering a disrespectful attempt at humor, but a comment on safety regulations and training, investigators concluded.

The photo suggested to some personnel the Air Force could not be trusted to transport the remains of fallen soldiers respectfully, but military spokesman Gerry Proctor said the investigation clarified the intent of the photo, the Air Force Times reported Monday.

One man, wearing a noose and bound in chains, was in the casket.

“The theme of the photo was based upon a safety warning the instructor continuously gave to the students, to pay attention to the pallet. These things have tonnage and can kill you,” he said.

The chains are used to tie down pallets, and the rope secures wheels, he said.

The airmen nonetheless received administrative punishment because “their conduct brought discredit to both the military and themselves,” a news release from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, said.

Indiana lawmakers OK ‘right-to-work’ bill

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 30 (UPI) — An Indiana Senate committee Monday approved a so-called right-to-work bill, and Gov. Mitch Daniels said he will sign it as soon it the legislature enacts it.

With three Senate Democrats boycotting to protest the speed with which the measure was moving toward passage, GOP lawmakers approved it 6-1, setting the stage for the bill to move to the full Senate — and likely to Daniels — Wednesday, The Indianapolis Star reported.

The legislation would prohibit companies and unions from negotiating a contract that requires non-union members to pay fees for representation that unions are required to provide all members of a bargaining unit.

Republican Sen. Brent Waltz cast the only vote against the measure in the Labor and Pensions Committee, saying “right-to-work is wrong for Indiana” and the measure could cost the state jobs.

Unions and most Democrats assert the measure will lead to “freeloaders” and reduce wages for union and non-union members.

Daniels, along with most Republicans and businesses, says the legislation will add jobs in the state and enable employees to decide whether to provide financial support to a union.

Daniels, who has made passage of the legislation a priority in his final year as governor, has said some companies bypass Indiana as a possible location for a business because of the lack of the right-to-work law.

Department under fire, top cop quits

EAST HAVEN, Conn., Jan. 30 (UPI) — The police chief in East Haven, Conn., whose department is embroiled in allegations four officers violated Hispanics’ civil rights, resigned Monday.

While Len Gallo announced he was leaving his post, the head of the city’s police commission said he wanted the chief fired instead so Gallo couldn’t collect unused vacation and sick time that could exceed $100,000, the Hartford Courant reported.

Gallo isn’t the only city official Hispanic activists want to see out of a job. They asked East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo to step down. The newspaper said there was no indication Maturo would comply.

Maturo’s lawyer says he is an unnamed co-conspirator in the indictment last week of the four officers accused of harassing and racially profiling Hispanics. The mayor fanned the flames when he made an insensitive comment about going home to eat tacos after being asked what he might do to ease the tensions between the Latino community and the police department.

Rather than quit, Maturo said he intends to establish a search committee to find Gallo’s replacement. He named Deputy Chief John Mannion to the top post until a new chief is hired.

“I expect the road ahead to be difficult,” Maturo said, calling Gallo’s resignation an “unselfish act.”

Pinkberry exec pleads innocent in assault

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 (UPI) — Pinkberry frozen dessert shops co-founder Young Lee pleaded innocent Monday to a charge he beat a homeless Los Angeles man with a tire iron over a racy tattoo.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Upinder Kalra allowed Lee to remain free on $60,000 bail and said he could make one round trip to South Korea, the Los Angeles Times reported. Lee agreed to automatic extradition should he not show up for his next court date, March 5, the newspaper said.

Lee is charged with assault with a deadly weapon. A source told the Times Lee got angry when the transient, who had approached him at a 101 Freeway off-ramp stoplight to solicit money, showed him a sexually explicit tattoo. Lee is accused of chasing the man and beating him with the metal tool.

Lee’s attorney told the newspaper previously the man had “made explicit threats as if he had a weapon.”

Man hit in head by airplane propeller dies

EL CAJON, Calif., Jan. 30 (UPI) — A man was fatally injured Monday when he was hit in the head by an airplane’s propeller at a Southern California airport, authorities said.

Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, told the Los Angeles Times the accident occurred about 8:30 a.m. at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, San Diego County.

Gregor said the man apparently was trying to hand-crank the Piper Cherokee plane when he was struck. He was taken to a hospital where he died a short time later.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were to investigate.

Jury strategy to figure in militia trial

DETROIT, Jan. 30 (UPI) — Opposing sides in the trial of eight militiamen charged with plotting to overthrow the U.S. government will look for contrasting jurors, a jury expert said.

Long-time jury consultant and psychologist Arthur Patterson said the defense needs a jury comprised of people suspicious of government, especially law enforcement. Jurors who say they feel they have been discriminated against, conspiracy theorists and non-analytical people would be prized as well in the upcoming Hutaree terror trial, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday.

The perfect Hutaree juror for the prosecution would be a patriotic and politically conservative individual.

Both sides need educated jurors able to understand legal concepts and First Amendment issues, Patterson said.

Eight members of the Christian militia stand accused of plotting the violent overthrow of the government, a plan that included the slaying of a police officer and subsequent bombing of the officer’s funeral.

A federal grand jury indictment, unsealed in March 2010, accused nine members of the Hillsdale County militia, who claim to prepare to battle the forces of the Antichrist, of seditious conspiracy and attempting use of weapons of mass destruction.

The ninth defendant, Joshua J. Clough, 29, pleaded guilty to using a firearm in December. He also admitted he was a member of the Hutaree militia, training with them in a military-style using explosives with the intent of blowing up law enforcement officers and their vehicles.

The actual questioning of the jurors — the process known as voir dire — is to begin Feb. 7 with the trial projected to take 6-8 weeks, the newspaper said.

Iran shrugs off sanctions’ impact

TEHRAN, Jan. 30 (UPI) — An Iranian official Monday sloughed off the effect of sanctions against his country saying Iran’s “strategic depth” gives it strength to resist enemy pressures.

Brig. Gen. Massoud Jazayeri, Iran’s armed forces deputy chief of staff for cultural affairs and defense publicity, was reacting against the Jan. 23 agreement among the European Union members to prohibit Iranian oil imports and freeze Iran’s Central Bank assets within the EU, Iran’s semi-official news arm, the Fars News Agency, reported.

“Due to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s strategic depth in all parts of the world, we are able to pass through the enemies’ pressures,” Jazayeri said at a Tehran news conference.

Catherine Ashton, EU foreign policy chief, said the sanctions are intended to pressure Iran into resuming talks concerning its nuclear program, Fars said.

“The hurried decision by EU states to use oil as a political tool will have a negative impact on the world economy and specially on the recovering European economies which are fighting to overcome the global financial crisis,” Jazayeri said.

Three detained in mass killings

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 30 (UPI) — Police in Birmingham, Ala., say they have detained three people in connection with a home invasion killing of five people but they are looking for more leads.

Five people were shot to death — four execution-style — Sunday morning around 3:30 a.m. at a home in Ensley, a suburb of Birmingham.

It is unclear who reported the crime, but someone called police and reported a robbery in progress, The Birmingham News reported.

Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper said the victims, whose names have not been released, appeared to have been targeted, WBRC-TV, Birmingham, reported Monday.

Three people, aged 17, 18 and 24 were taken into custody Sunday night. They have not been charged and their names have not been released.

“The suspects have been interviewed by detectives and are currently in the custody of the Birmingham City Jail on an extension as the investigation moves forward,” said Sgt. Johnny Williams of the Birmingham Police Department.

Man orders chicken, eats wire.

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jan. 30 (UPI) — A New York bus driver says he is suing a fast food chicken outlet, claiming he nearly choked on a two-inch coil of wire that was cooked into his food.

Lajzer Grynsztajn, 50, has filed suit seeking unspecified damages against JFK Fried Chicken in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn claiming he needed emergency surgery to remove the wire that had lodged in his throat.

“The more I think about it, I get angry,” he told the New York Daily News. “I almost died for something stupid like that?”

The 11-year Metropolitan Transportation Authority veteran said he stopped by the chicken place Jan. 9, sat down and ate a meal of two chicken breasts and fries, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

“I felt a sharp pain, like I was choking,” Grynsztajn said. “I thought I was choking on a bone.”

He left the restaurant, started coughing up blood and wound up at Lutheran Medical Center where a doctor discovered a wire so deeply down his throat, he had to be anesthetized before the doctor could take the wire out, court documents say.

The newspaper said a man who answered the phone at JFK Fried Chicken denied the bus driver’s charges saying, “I think this guy is (expletive) us,” before hanging up.

Grynsztajn says he has given up on takeout food.

“I don’t eat out anymore,” he said.

4th SoCal collision victim, boy, 11, dies

FONTANA, Calif., Jan. 30 (UPI) — An 11-year-old boy died Monday, becoming the fourth fatality of a three-vehicle crash at an intersection in Fontana, Calif., authorities said.

The other three fatalities of the 9:35 p.m. Sunday collision were three brothers, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Fontana police Sgt. Billy Green said a sport utility vehicle ran a red light, hit two other cars and rammed a utility pole. In one car was a 40-year-old Fontana woman whose 11-year-old son, Noah Ferrer, died Monday in surgery. The woman’s name and condition were not reported.

Two men in the SUV, a 35-year-old from Rancho Cucamonga and his 39-year-old brother from Bloomington were dead at the scene and their 37-year-old brother from Fontana died at a hospital, Deputy Mark Johnson of the San Bernadino County coroner’s office said.

Green said while the cause of the crash was being investigated, police found beer cans and firearms in the brothers’ SUV.

Dentist gets prison for bad work, fraud

RIVER FALLS, Mass., Jan. 30 (UPI) — A River Falls, Mass., dentist was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to assault and fraud charges.

Michael Clair, a dentist who used a paper clip to strengthen a root canal, pleaded guilty to assault on patients, tampering with evidence and Medicaid fraud, The (Fall River, Mass.) Herald News reported Monday.

Superior Court Judge Richard T. Moses sentenced Clair to 2 1/2 years at the House of Correction with 1 1/2 years of his sentence suspended for five years after his release, during which he will be on probation.

Clair was also ordered to pay restitution to the state and the two former patients who were identified as victims in the case, and will no longer be allowed to practice dentistry in Massachusetts.

Prosecutors alleged Clair was paid $130,000 in all from MassHealth for work he did. The bills were submitted under the name of other dentists at his Harbour Dental in Fall River.

“It is unfair,” said Brenda Almeida, whose son, Joshua Almeida was one of the victims. “He should have gotten more time. With what my son went through, the pain and suffering, he should have gotten more time.”

Ill. nuke plant loses partial power

BYRON, Ill., Jan. 30 (UPI) — A low-level emergency was declared Monday at the Byron nuclear generating station near Rockford, Ill., because of a partial power loss.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region III spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng said two diesel generators are running at the facility, which lost power to its 1,136-megawatt unit, one of two at the site. The second unit, a 1,164-megawatt unit, was operating at full power, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Mitlyng said workers at the Exelon Corp. plant about two hours northwest of Chicago reported seeing smoke from a transformer following the outage. No fire was found.

Steam was released from the plant and was being monitored for tritium levels, fire officials said.

Slain child’s father deported back to Oz

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 30 (UPI) — The father of a 10-year-old Australian girl slain by her step-mother has been deported from the United States back to Australia, his attorney said.

Adam Baker, living in Hickory, N.C. since his daughter, Zahra’s killing by wife, Elisa in 2011, was sent back to his home country, Baker’s attorney, Shell Pearce said.

Baker was being detained to testify in the case against his wife, who as part of a deal with prosecutors pleaded guilty to second-degree murder almost a year after the disabled child was reported missing from her Hickory home, WBTV-TV, Charlotte, N.C., reported Monday.

During the plea hearing, Baker was allowed to address the court and spoke directly to his wife.

“I trusted you with the most precious thing in my life,” Adam Baker said. “You not only lied to me, you also lied to Zahra. You took the life of the most loving and lovable little girl.”

Under the deal, Elisa Baker will receive a maximum of 18 years in prison instead of the normal 60 years, WBTV-TV said.

Baker himself faced several felony charges unrelated to his daughter’s case including reconnecting power without authorization, communicating threats and assault.

All were downgraded to misdemeanors. A Catawba County judge dismissed the threats charge but the assault charge stuck and Baker was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Immigration decided to deport Baker, Pearce said.