You Can Be Ignorant AND Well-Informed

Well, this is utterly infuriating. Our tax-dollar-supported NSA was spying on the communications of other governments during the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Debacle Conference, according to information hero Edward Snowden:

The National Security Agency was all prepared to “provide policymakers with unique, timely, and valuable insights into key countries’ preparations and goals for the conference, as well as the deliberation within countries on climate change policies and negotiation strategies.”


A case could be made for calling it opposition research, I suppose. But the “opposition” should not be other countries, when the enemy we are supposed to be battling is the accelerating greenhouse effect.

The Copenhagen debacle Conference was supposed to yield major policy agreements on rising greenhouse gas emissions, and to bring us an agreement between the US, China, India, and the rest of the world’s most industrially flatulent nations.

But it’s hard to avoid cynicism when you read that:

“members of the Danish negotiation team did tell Information that US and Chinese delegations were “peculiarly well-informed” about closed-door discussions.

“They simply sat back, just as we had feared they would if they knew about our document,” one source said. “They made no constructive statements. Obviously, if they had known about our plans since the fall of 2009, it was in their interest to simply wait for our draft proposal to be brought to the table at the summit…I was often completely taken aback by what they knew.”


To be fair, we do have an intelligence apparatus which is focused on the real enemy of our civilization. It’s called SCIENCE, and if our politicians listened more to scientists and less to the total-awareness fetishists at the NSA, we might be making better decisions.

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