© Susie Cagle of Grist
recently obtained by Bold Nebraska show that TransCanada - owner of the hotly-contested Keystone XL (KXL)
tar sands pipeline - has colluded
with an FBI/DHS Fusion Center in Nebraska, labeling non-violent activists as possible candidates for "terrorism" charges and other serious criminal charges.
Further, the language in some of the documents is so vague that it could also ensnare journalists, researchers and academics, as well.
TransCanada also built a roster of names and photos of specific individuals involved in organizing against the pipeline, including 350.org's Rae Breaux, Rainforest Action Network's Scott Parkin and Tar Sands Blockade's Ron Seifert. Further, every activist ever arrested protesting the pipeline's southern half is listed by name with their respective photo shown, along with the date of arrest.
and "fracktivists" as "an insurgency" all over again, but this time it's another central battleground that's in play: the northern half of KXL, a proposed border-crossing pipeline whose final fate lies in the hands of President Barack Obama.
The southern half of the pipeline was approved
by the Obama Admin. via a March 2013 Executive Order. Together, the two pipeline halves would pump diluted bitumen ("dilbit")
south from the Alberta tar sands toward Port Arthur, TX, where it will be refined and shipped to the global export market
Activists across North America have put up a formidable fight against both halves of the pipeline, ranging from the summer 2011 Tar Sands Action
to the ongoing Tar Sands Blockade
. Apparently, TransCanada has followed the action closely, given the level of detail in the documents.