Senator Joe McCarthy couldnt have done better. In 1950, he invented reds under the bed when he stood up before the Ohio County Womens Republican Club and said he had a list of more than 200 workers at the State Department who were “known Communists”.He had no such list, but the so-called wars on communism, terror and even drugs for that matter, have always depended for international support on fostering fear of attacks at home.Somewhere, McCarthys spirit was surely watching and smiling approvingly this week as John Key announced that up to 80 New Zealanders had links to Isil. Some call this organisation Isis, IS or even Daesh, but Barack Obama calls it Isil so thats what Ill be doing.I thought a third term in office might have seen the PM kick back a bit and treat the electorate as intelligent individuals, but not so. In answer to the question “How gullible does he think we are?” the answer is still “Incredibly”.
The de-radicalizing of the world….
My hope is that we may all become radicalized, that we become radicalized in hope, that we become radicalized in love – for our Mother Earth, for the future of our children, for one another, for peace and for justice, and for all our relations.
“The Canadian law enforcement and security intelligence community have noted a growing radicalized faction of environmentalists who advocate the use of criminal activity to promote the protection of the natural environment,” alerts the document written by the RCMP’s infrastructure intelligence team. The 22-page report from 2011 was only recently released.“It is highly probable that environmentalists will continue to mount direct actions targeting Canadas energy sector, specifically the petroleum sub-sector and the fossil and nuclear fueled electricity generating facilities, with the objectives of: influencing government energy policy, interfering within the energy regulatory process and forcing the energy industry to cease its operations that harm the environment,” the report adds.Criminal activity associated to environmental extremism can include “unlawful protests, break and enters, mischief damage to property, sabotage, arson, and use improvised explosive devices,” according to the report.Normalization of monitoring environmental groupsFor Carleton University instructor Jeffrey Monaghan, who obtained the document, the report demonstrates how normal it has become for national security agencies to monitor environmental groups.“This report is another indication of the wide net of surveillance, and allegations of criminality, targeting environmental groups,” he said in an email interview.Organizations under watch by the RCMP include Idle No More, ForestEthics, Sierra Club, EcoSociety, LeadNow, Dogwood Initiative, Council of Canadians and the Peoples Summit, the Vancouver Observer reported in 2013.Disruption of business a concernBut not only environmental groups have been in the RCMP’s radar lately. Last year, news reports showed how average citizens participating in protest activities have become targets of surveillance by the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service CSIS. Montreal’s La Presse, for example, reported in January that the RCMP was watching a group of shale gas opponents on the belief that anti-fracking activists might one day become “radicalized.”
And what if this trolling vigilante
Sowing terror on racist whim
What if when he found this teenage boy
He instead had found a man more like him