Anti-Oil Activists Named as National Security Threats Respond to Leaked RCMP Report - 2015-02-17

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F0.png Anti-Oil Activists Named as National Security Threats Respond to Leaked RCMP Report February 17, 2015, Michael Toledano, Vice News

As the Harper government's Bill C-51 moves to extend anti-terrorism legislation to include anyone who interferes with the "critical infrastructure," "territorial integrity," or "economic and financial stability of Canada," a leaked report from the RCMP's Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Team demonstrates how aboriginals and environmentalists are already being targeted by law enforcement for these reasons.

The leaked intelligence report from early 2014 observes a "growing international opposition" to Canada's tar sands and focuses on "violent aboriginal extremists," anti-fracking, and anti-pipeline activists, identifying them as threats to national security. In particular, the report is concerned with aboriginal struggles against unwanted fossil fuel developments on lands that were never ceded to the Crown.

"There is a growing, highly organized and well-financed, anti-Canadian petroleum movement, that consists of peaceful activists, militants and violent extremists, who are opposed to society's reliance of fossil fuels," the report says. "Governments and petroleum companies are being encouraged, and increasingly threatened, by violent extremists to cease all actions which the extremists believe, contribute to greenhouse gas emissions."

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{{cite news | first = Michael | last = Toledano | title = Anti-Oil Activists Named as National Security Threats Respond to Leaked RCMP Report | url = https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/yvqyj7/anti-oil-activists-named-as-national-security-threats-respond-to-leaked-rcmp-report-968 | work = Vice News | date = February 17, 2015 | accessdate = November 26, 2021 }}