Monday, August 26, 2013
Why PRISM Matters
The Guardian has done an excellent and vital job digesting the U.S. National Security Agency PRISM data leaked by Edward Snowden. A good deal of it had come out, in part, in dribs and drabs but it was the British newspaper that put it all together in chilling context.
It's partly a warning about our governments spying on us and why. It's also a warning of what they might have in mind for us in the future. They foresee unrest and potential upheaval in the future from climate change impacts. Theirs is a world in which today's environmental activists are viewed as tomorrow's potential terrorists and they're gearing up for domestic military responses.
Read this summary. Read it from top to bottom, the whole thing. Then consider it in light of recent controversy over domestic spying on Canadians by Communications Security Establishment Canada or CSEC.
CSEC denies it is spying on Canadians. That's bullshit. The Americans, under the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, do the heavy lifting and share it with Canada's security agencies. And we know that CSIS, in conjunction with the Calgary and Edmonton police and the RCMP, is running an active intelligence operation targeting environmentalists opposed to the Northern Gateway pipeline project. This is, after all, HarperLand.
It's infuriating to realize that these same governments that drag their heels on doing anything meaningful about climate change nonetheless see it as a major threat warranting preparations for military intervention against their own populations.