Observe the Environment, Let Terrorism Flourish?

Mike McConnell, Director of National Intelligence, sent a letter to Rep. Anna G. Eshoo in which he stated it was ‘appropriate’ for global climate change to be considered in a future National Intelligence Estimate. "I believe it is entirely appropriate for the National Intelligence Council (NIC) to prepare an assessment on the geopolitical and security implications of global climate change."

There was a quashed Republican effort recently to ensure that this didn’t happen, with critics of the idea stating that it would divert intelligence analysts from working on the terrorist threat. Rep. Peter Hoekstra wrote in the Wall Street Journal that in the nineties, satellites were sent to photograph ‘ecologically sensitive’ sites because of Al Gore's interest in all things green. He also claimed that, ‘intelligence clues in the run-up to 9/11 were missed’ because these satellites were focused on ‘the polar ice caps and schools of fish.’ :: Washington Post

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