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  •  I think we are just starting to learn (24+ / 0-)

    the seriousness of the problem that has been caused by the NSA's spying. An article posted today by the Guardian is one of the most frightening bits of info to be revealed by Snowden.

    Since the 2008 economic crash, security agencies have increasingly spied on political activists, especially environmental groups, on behalf of corporate interests. This activity is linked to the last decade of US defence planning, which has been increasingly concerned by the risk of civil unrest at home triggered by catastrophic events linked to climate change, energy shocks or economic crisis – or all three.

    Just last month, unilateral changes to US military laws formally granted the Pentagon extraordinary powers to intervene in a domestic “emergency” or “civil disturbance”:

    “Federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the President is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances.”

    Other documents show that the “extraordinary emergencies” the Pentagon is worried about include a range of environmental and related disasters.

    http://www.rawstory.com/...

    Oddly enough, it proves that government leaders know that climate change is a real problem, but instead of trying to minimize the effects of global warming, their response is to prepare the military to take over if/when the problem causes unrest.

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