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"Coal Country" Inspiring Terrorist Acts?

By admin Published: October 6, 2010

That's what local producer Mari-Lynn Evans read about her documentary in a November 2009 report. It said "this film as a potential catalyst for inspiring 'direct action' protests or even sabotage against facilities, machinery, and/or corporate headquarters.

The wacky report is by the controversial Institute of Terrorism Research & Response -- under a deal with the Pennsylvania Department of Homeland Security, which distributed the info.

More jaw-dropping details after the jump. But what I need right now is a good "Really?" from Seth and Amy.


On its Web site, the institute says it is:

. . . an American and Israeli nonprofit corporation created to help organizations succeed and prosper in a world threatened by terrorism. . . . ITRR established the Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center (TAM-C) to provide accurate and actionable intelligence about potential security threats throughout the world. With a multilingual team of researchers and analysts, TAM-C gathers and provides intelligence on terrorist activities and plans, information on international hot-spots, historical "red-flag" dates, and real-time security alerts.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said two weeks ago that the state is dropping its deal with ITRR and he was "deeply embarrassed" by some of its activities.

The organization has been controversial,, and its non-profit status questioned.

A Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette blog report is here. Below are the report details.

Throughout the next two months, Planet Green will air "Coal County‟, a documentary promising to “reveal the truth about modern coal mining”. . . .
Though Pennsylvania mountains have not been subjected to mountaintop mining as of yet, the waste materials from mountaintop mining in other states has been dumped into streams in Pennsylvania, reportedly causing damage to the environment.
On 15 October 2009, over 300 people attended a public hearing at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh to discuss the Obama administration's decision to restrict mountaintop removal-related permits. Security was heavy.
******ANALYSIS******
TAM-C analysts view this film as a potential catalyst for inspiring "direct action" protests or even sabotage against facilities, machinery, and/or corporate headquarters.
TAM-C analysts have identified local energy facilities that anti-coal activists have marked as conspiring in the mountaintop removal process. Such facilities include (but are not limited to): Reliant Energy's Titus Power Plant (Berks County) Exelon Energy's Eddystone Generating Station (Delaware County) Reliant Energy's Cheswick Power Plant (Allegheny County)
Actions against these facilities would likely cause counter-protests from the pro-coal side, which TAM-C analysts believe already feels assaulted, not only by environmentalists, but by any governmental bodies and/or policies that support them.
TAM-C analysts will continue to monitor this documentary as well as the larger issue to determine whether destructive rhetoric or actions are being planned by either camp.

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