The FBI investigated several advocacy groups on "factually weak" information, extended those inquiries "without adequate basis," improperly retained information on some groups, and wrongly listed others under terrorism classifications, according to a report.
The FBI gave inaccurate information to Congress and the public when it claimed a possible terrorism link to justify surveilling an anti-war rally in Pittsburgh, the Justice Department's inspector general said Monday in a report on the bureau's scrutiny of domestic activist groups.
A Japanese court on Monday convicted two members of the environmental group Greenpeace of stealing whale meat they claim was intended for illegal consumption.
Greenpeace said about 500,000 Facebook users have urged the world's largest online social network to abandon plans to buy electricity from a coal-based energy company for its new data center in the U.S.
Clearly, Aida Greenbury tried to defend Asia Pulp and Paper's "commitment to sustainability" by attacking the credibility of environmental groups, particularly Greenpeace, simply because she could not defend her company's destructive practices ("Greens tear into paper producers," Opinion, Aug. 17).
Under environmental disguises, industry and labor unions are running parallel campaigns with environmentalists seeking to roll back free trade. For years, "green" groups have been pushing for environmental trade restrictions in developed countries such as the United States. Carbon tariffs, forestry import bans and certification requirements on the origin of products have become regular fixtures of environmentalists' demands.
The most activist nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) try to apply universal standards and unwavering timelines to every geography on the planet, to every company and every population, regardless of the stage of growth and development in which an economy finds itself. "Progress" is always dismissed as being too little. One moral standard and a single cultural behavior are expected, without regard to the diversity of people and rules of independent sovereign nations.
Liberal groups such as Greenpeace and Ralph Nader's Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG) have trained their crosshairs on a new target in Calvert County, Md. At issue is whether Unistar Nuclear, a joint venture of Constellation Energy Group and the French-owned company Areva, should build an additional nuclear reactor on the site of two existing reactors at the Calvert Cliffs plant in Lusby. Thus far, their efforts seem to have encountered little acceptance, though activists are hoping their rumblings will generate a national public backlash against the clean and safe source of energy that is nuclear power.