Sunday, April 26, 2009

Authorities vs Environmentalism

Full scale warfare isn't necessary for me to take note of a case of 'ecowar'. Far from it - for starters see the crime tag. Large scale covert conflict between states and their conscious populations however is a rather new thing. Or at least something that seems to be increasing.

In the UK authorities have been busted infiltrating legal environmental groups.
Undercover police are running a network of hundreds of informants inside protest organisations who secretly feed them intelligence in return for cash

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"The methods employed are disturbing, and more worrying yet is the lack of any clearly identifiable body responsible for this. These individuals seem to have some kind of police support or at the very least connections with the police – the access to police stations confirms that – but my concern is the lack of accountability and the threat to the individual and her right to protest."
Basically France delivered an identical story of late...
French media reported that the largely state-owned French electricity company EDF has been caught spying on Greenpeace France.

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spies have apparently infiltrated several anti-nuclear groups in France and reportedly sometimes with the blessing of the French secret services.
In the USA FBI is investigating suspected 'eco-terrorism'.
Fires gutted four multimillion-dollar model homes in a Seattle suburb on Monday, and authorities found a sign purportedly left by ecoterrorists that mocks claims that the homes were environmentally friendly.
I suspect a lot more of this type of news in the future. It won't suffice to say that Al-Qaida hasn't helped environmentalism. No doubt anti-terror laws will be utilized against people trying to save the planet now politicians aren't. And some activist cells will radicalise.

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