In the recent past when Joe Oliver was doing the Oil Industry’s bidding on the public dime he made a very (in)famous statement.
Unfortunately, there are environmental and other radical groups that would seek to block this opportunity to diversify our trade.
This was quickly followed up by blutser from the utterly disgraced and disgraceful Vic Toews.
On Thursday, Mr. Toews released a statement on the government’s strategy, which will target not only known terrorist groups but “vulnerable individuals” who could be drawn into politically inspired violence.
At first I thought is was a cheap ploy to try and get people to back off and to generally chill any contrary voices to the initiatives that the Harper Government was pushing for its friends. The fact that Toews, Oliver et al were all worried about foreign sponsorship of their opponents is risible, as foreign sponsorship supports most of their friends in right wing think tanks and organised religion. Foreign cash can’t be the problem otherwise the Fraser Institute, evangelical christians etc would also be declared terrorists before the fact too.
Today the Guardian published a story on Minerva and the statements that were released contained some very familiar stuff:
Price reported that the HTS training scenarios “adapted COIN [counterinsurgency] for Afghanistan/Iraq” to domestic situations “in the USA where the local population was seen from the military perspective as threatening the established balance of power and influence, and challenging law and order.
One war-game, said Price, involved environmental activists protesting pollution from a coal-fired plant near Missouri, some of whom were members of the well-known environmental NGO Sierra Club. Participants were tasked to “identify those who were ‘problem-solvers’ and those who were ‘problem-causers,’ and the rest of the population whom would be the target of the information operations to move their Center of Gravity toward that set of viewpoints and values which was the ‘desired end-state’ of the military’s strategy
Then there was another project whose aim was:
In every context we find many individuals who share the demographic, family, cultural, and/or socioeconomic background of those who decided to engage in terrorism, and yet refrained themselves from taking up armed militancy, even though they were sympathetic to the end goals of armed groups. The field of terrorism studies has not, until recently, attempted to look at this control group. This project is not about terrorists, but about supporters of political violence.
Looks familiar hey?
And did you notice what they did there?
Sympathy for goals turned into being supportive of terrorists. The fact that the US Military thinks one might display sympathy for the goals and yet be unwilling to commit terrorist acts are in fact indicative of support for terrorist acts is scary and in fact provides some background as to why our current government speaks the way it does.
Now Oliver’s, Toews, and the other’s statement start to make sense. they’ve been reading security briefings based on US military sponsored pseudoscience and misinterpretation.
Modern Western governments no longer govern for their people, they govern on behalf of a powerful minority of its people and the organisations they run and they are so scared of those they disenfranchise, that rather than be honest they label the majority as terrorists and then look for the evidence to support this assertion. Failing the finding of any evidence they commission junk science and employ a massive PR effort to shine that turd.
This is “The Men Who Stare at Goats” all over again, but this time with added levels of paranoia. Governments like Harper’s know that they have let down the majority of Canadians and have every right to be frightened of their response. so they label the rest of us as bogeymen and push buttons to keep us misinformed, divided and frightened. It appears we are all terrorists now-a-days. Maybe rather than being solely “The Men Who Stare at Goats” it has bit of the Stalin purge mentality mixed in? I guess we’ll only find this out when the show trials begin.