‘How to Blow Up a Pipeline’ Fires FBI Warnings
“The fact that audiences are connecting with it so strongly only proves the severity of the climate crisis and reinforces the urgency to address it,” said director Daniel Goldhaber.
Well, “How to Blow Up a Pipeline” was taken quite literally by law enforcement.
Based on the non-fiction book of the same name and distributed by Neon, the film was inspired by the FBI’s alert against inspiring real-life terrorist attacks on energy infrastructure. Rolling stone reported that the FBI’s statement warned of the film’s threat to fossil fuel production.
“The film has the potential to encourage threat actors to target oil and gas infrastructure with explosives or other destructive means,” the FBI’s Directorate of Weapons of Mass Destruction said in an April 6 alert. The directive encouraged police and government officials to look for suspicious activity such as “people trying to access infrastructure facilities, using discreet or unusual cameras or video recorders, making sketches or taking notes to learn about the operation of the infrastructure ” wrote Rolling Stone.
Similarly, a warning from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives read: “The consensus among law enforcement agencies and the private oil sector is that this film could launch attacks or disrupt critical infrastructure across the country.” The announcement was published on March 21.
“How to Blow Up a Pipeline” does not provide instructions on how to execute the title. “Euphoria” and “You” Season 4 star Lukas Gage, “Sharp Stick” actress Kristine Froseth, Forrest Goodluck, Sasha Lane, Jayme Lawson, Marcus Scribner and Jake Weary star in the film about a group of environmental activists. they’re tearing up an oil pipeline in West Texas.
Directed by Daniel Goldhaber, who co-wrote the adaptation with Ariela Barer and Jordan Sjoll, “How to Blow Up a Pipeline” is not considered a direct eco-terrorist threat.
A senior US government official involved in protecting pipelines and other infrastructure told Rolling Stone: “If someone wants to attack a pipeline, they attack a pipeline. They don’t need a movie to inspire them to do that.”
Similarly, the lead intelligence analyst for weapons of mass destruction at the Maryland State Coordination and Analysis Center’s counterterrorism division analyzed the accuracy of the film.
“The film definitely does NOT provide a step-by-step guide to building a device, rather it focuses on the radicalization process and why these subjects choose to attack,” the analyst wrote under the title “How to Blow It Up.” A Pipeline – Film Criticism from the IED Perspective.”
The analysis continued: “I made a bunch of notes (70 percent chance that someone will post something, see something/give a tip about me).”
Neon he tweeted, “94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. 35 US Law Enforcement Alerts.”
“How to Blow Up a Pipeline,” director Daniel Goldhaber told Rolling Stone that the thriller is “a work of fiction that addresses one of the most pressing issues in the real world by telling a story about eight characters who believe the destruction of an oil pipeline is what caused it.” in self-defense.”
Goldhaber concluded: “The fact that the public is so closely connected to it only proves the gravity of the climate crisis and reinforces the urgency to address it.”
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