Animals In Print
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From 9 June 2008 Issue
You can trust Greenpeace to stand up to the powerful. But sometimes we pay a price. Over the years, Greenpeace has been the subject of FBI spying and a politically motivated IRS audit, prosecuted for "sailor-mongering" by the Bush administration and even had one of its ships bombed by the French government. Now comes breaking news that major corporations have used agents to spy on Greenpeace.
In an article, entitled "Cops and Former Secret Service Agents Ran Black Ops on Green Groups," Mother Jones magazine revealed today that a security firm run by former Secret Service agents spied on Greenpeace and other environmental organizations at the behest of several large corporations from the late 1990s through at least 2000.
Here's just one excerpt from today's article by James Ridgeway:
Greenpeace was the target of one of BBI's [Beckett Brown International] more elaborate-and cinematic-intelligence-gathering efforts, according to company documents and an interview with an eyewitness. Jennifer Trapnell, who was dating Ward in the late 1990s, recalls an evening when she accompanied Ward on a job in Washington D.C. "He said they were trying to get some stuff on Greenpeace," she says. Ward wore black clothes and had told her to dress all in black, too: "It was Mission Impossible-like."
Greenpeace was founded on the principle that a few committed individuals could make a difference against powerful governments and corporations in the fight to protect the environment. If there is any lesson we have learned today, it is that some companies will stop at nothing in order to achieve their ends. Still, you'd think they'd read their history first. If Greenpeace wasn't deterred from its mission when the French government sank the Rainbow Warrior or when the Bush Administration tried to shut us down, we certainly won't be stopped by a little corporate espionage. These companies should take notice: Nothing we have learned today will change our convictions or diminish our efforts to protect the environment and your health and safety.
In fact, what we learned today from Mother Jones only strengthens our resolve and determination to fight even harder for the future of our planet.
It is individuals like you that make Greenpeace what it is today and allow us to stand up against forces seemingly too powerful to tackle. With you by our side, we will continue to stand up for what's right and just.
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