05 Dec

Actor Mark Ruffalo placed on terror watch list for supporting a documentary about gas drilling

The McGlynn: The McCarthy Era has returned!

The Wisconsin-born actor and father of three has been deemed a terror risk because he supported a documentary
The Wisconsin-born actor and father of three has been deemed a terror risk because he supported a documentary 

Hollywood star Mark Ruffalo has been placed on a terror watch list by U.S. officials after organizing screenings for a new documentary about natural gas drilling.

The Zodiac actor arranged showings for GasLand earlier this year and spoke out about the dangers to the national water supplies. 

But his efforts to raise awareness and demand a stop to natural gas drilling attracted the attention of officials from Pennsylvania’s Office of Homeland Security. 

He later discovered his efforts had landed him on a terror alert watchlist. 

The 43-year-old actor, who also stars in this year’s critical hit The Kids Are All Right, will not be stopped from flying.

Instead, he could face further security checks from TSA airport officials. 

Gasland, directed by Josh Fox, follows the filmmaker as he visits communities in Pennsylvania where natural gas has been drilled. 

Fox decided to document his trip after a natural gas company wrote to him in 2008 offering to lease his family’s land in Milanville, Pennsylvania, for $100,000 (£64,000).  

Ruffalo stars as a lesbian couple's sperm donor in this year's critical darling The Kids Are All Right
Ruffalo stars as a lesbian couple’s sperm donor in this year’s critical darling The Kids Are All Right 

The 2010 documentary attracted attention for a particular scene in which a local man shows that he is able to set his tapwater on fire.

Others claim they are suffering from numerous health issues due – they believe – to their water having been contaminated. 

The film was opposed by the natural gas industry. 

Ruffalo told a US magazine he wasn’t worried about being labelled a security threat. 

He told GQ magazine, ‘(It’s) pretty f**kin’ funny.’  

Mark Ruffalo’s  Political views From: Wilkipedia

On October 4, 2006, he appeared on Democracy Now!, a daily news program. He spoke against the War in Iraq, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, torture, and the Bush Administration. He also announced he would speak at The World Can’t Wait Protest in New York City on October 5, 2006. Ruffalo contributed to the campaign of former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel for the 2008 Democratic Party nomination for President.[23]

In October 2007, Ruffalo criticized the 9/11 Commission Report as “completely illegitimate” and called for re-opening the investigation. He said: “I saw the way they all came down and I am baffled. My first reaction is that buildings don’t fall down like that.” He also criticized the 9/11 truth movement, saying “There’s so much information that’s been put out there by truth for 9/11 and … so much of it has been stretched that a lot of people are grabbing hold of the more sensational parts of what doesn’t jibe…”[24]

On October 4, 2010, Ruffalo, who makes his home with his family in Callicoon, New York, appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss hydraulic fracturing and the The FRAC Act of 2009.[25] Ruffalo stated in the December 2010 issue of CQ Magazine that after he organized screenings in Pennsylvania of a documentary about natural-gas-drilling called Gasland, he was placed on a terror advisory list.[26] The Department denied that they had him on a list.[27]

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I saw the documentary on TVO; everyone should see it. It is shocking.

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