Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Wasted Resources, Hypocrisy and Self-Fulfilling Definitions: FBI Spies on Legal Animal Advocacy Groups

The article can be found below. But first.....

This is not new to me. Any person with half a mind can sense and knows that this has been going on for sometime. I’m more surprised and how surprised people seem now that it’s out. Of course they spy – they get off and get richer by this sort of thing. I can remember a few times when running small groups we’d have some strange guy or woman show up and ask a lot of questions. Kind of pathetic how bad of acting they did. Figures coming from a bunch of wacko suits. They didn’t know how to train them right.

Really ridiculous though that those interested in making life better and raising awareness to these issues (in other words, serving an educational role) are put in the same group as actual potential sabotages. I've been into Animal Advocacy for a while and I'm still to meet an activist or teacher who advocate illegal activity.

As this writing states, "ACLU leaders contend that the memos show that FBI and government Joint Terrorism Task Forces across the country have expanded the definition of domestic terrorism to people who engage in mainstream political
activity, including nonviolent protest and civil disobedience." In other words, use tax resources to spy on people doing legal activities. And hey, when you write your own definitions and call them truth (as the administration does on a daily basis) then you’ll always be right in your mind (and your mindless followers).

Also mentioned is that the FBI uses such derogatory, demeaning and ignorant terms as "..the animal rights/Ruckus movements." Ruckus? No comment on this stupidity.

And then this ridiculous reality: "John Lewis, the FBI's deputy assistant director for counterterrorism, told a Senate panel in May that environmental and animal rights militants posed the biggest terrorist threats in the United States,
citing more than 150 pending investigations."

Amazing. LISTEN TO ME NOW: Even if one is to label the ALF or any such group as terrorist, it's IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER ONE FACT THAT IS CONVENIENY LEFT OUT OF THIS DISCUSSION: NOT ONE PERSON HAS EVER BEEN KILLED IN AN ALF ACTION. In fact, it's the creed they stick by: to harm no living being in these actions.

CONTRAST THIS TO THE WACKO ANTI ABORTION MOVEMENT; HOW MANY HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THIS MOVOENT? MANY. AND THEY STILL SAY that "...environmental and animal rights [pose] the biggest terrorist threats in the United States."

Perhaps if the Administration wasn't in line with wacko anti abortionists and wasn’t them selves big business whose interests are affected by truth, then they'd focus more on the real terrorists - those like them. I stand by the truth. In their eyes, anyone who messes with their interests (money) are terrorists. Well, then all interested the truth will be branded as terrorists.

I guess they will need to lock me up now for being a terrorist. You know, the kind of terrorist who gets into your mind and fills it with truth.



FBI Papers Show Terror Inquiries Into PETA; Other Groups Tracked

By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 20, 2005; A11

FBI counterterrorism investigators are monitoring domestic U.S. advocacy
groups engaged in antiwar, environmental, civil rights and other causes,
the American Civil Liberties Union charged yesterday as it released new
FBI records that it said detail the extent of the activity.

The documents, disclosed as part of a lawsuit that challenges FBI
treatment of groups that planned demonstrations at last year's political
conventions, show the bureau has opened a preliminary terrorism
investigation into People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the
well-known animal rights group based in Norfolk.

The papers offer no proof of PETA's involvement in illegal activity. But
more than 100 pages of heavily censored FBI files show the agency used
secret informants and tracked the group's events for years, including an
animal rights conference in Washington in July 2000, a community meeting
at an Indiana college in spring 2003 and a planned August 2004 protest
of a celebrity fur endorser.

The documents show the FBI cultivated sources such as a "well insulated"
PETA insider, who attended the 2000 meeting to gain credibility "within
the animal rights/Ruckus movements." The FBI also kept information on
Greenpeace and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the
papers show.

The disclosure comes amid recent revelations about the extent of
domestic spying by the government after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist
attacks. Those disclosures include the expansion within the United
States of military intelligence and databases covering, among others,
peace activists; increased use of "national security letters" by the FBI
to examine personal records of tens of thousands of citizens; and, most
recently, warrantless eavesdropping of overseas telephone calls and
e-mails by U.S. citizens suspected of ties to terrorists.

ACLU leaders contend that the memos show that FBI and government Joint
Terrorism Task Forces across the country have expanded the definition of
domestic terrorism to people who engage in mainstream political
activity, including nonviolent protest and civil disobedience.

"The FBI should use its resources to investigate credible threats to
national security instead of spending time tracking innocent Americans
who criticize government policy, or monitoring groups that have not
broken the law," ACLU Associate Legal Director Ann Beeson said.
Previously released papers showed that the FBI kept files that mentioned
the organizations, she said, "But we didn't know that they actually
launched counterterrorism investigations into these groups."

FBI officials said that the agency is not using the threat of terrorism
to suppress domestic dissent and that is has no alternative but to
investigate if a group or its members have ties to others that are
guilty or suspected of violence or illegal conduct.

"As a matter of policy, the FBI does not target individuals or
organizations for investigation because of any political belief.
Somewhere, there has to be a crime attached," FBI spokesman John Miller
said. "At the same time, the fact that you have ties to an organization
or political beliefs does not make you immune from ending up in FBI
files when you go and commit a crime."

The status of the PETA inquiry is unclear. Justice Department spokesman
Brian Roehrkasse said: "The Justice Department does not comment on or
confirm the existence of criminal investigations. All matters referred
to the department by the intelligence agencies for purposes of further
investigation are taken seriously and thoroughly reviewed."

PETA general counsel Jeff Kerr called the FBI's conduct an abuse of
power that punishes activists for speaking out.

"These documents show a disturbing erosion of freedom of association and
freedom of speech that we've taken for granted and that set us apart
from oppressive countries like the former Iraq," Kerr said, adding that
the documents show no illegal activity by PETA. "You shouldn't have to
wonder when you go to a speech at a college campus, or when you go to a
meeting, whether you're being surveilled by the FBI. It goes back to the
dark days of Nixon and the enemies list."

John Lewis, the FBI's deputy assistant director for counterterrorism,
told a Senate panel in May that environmental and animal rights
militants posed the biggest terrorist threats in the United States,
citing more than 150 pending investigations.

The ACLU said it received 2,357 pages of files on PETA, Greenpeace, the
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the ACLU itself. One
file referring to the committee included a contact list for students and
peace activists who attended a 2002 conference at Stanford University
aimed at ending sanctions then in place in Iraq.

The FBI has said that when it interviewed members of groups planning
demonstrations at last year's conventions, it did not yield information
into criminal activity. But the agency said the interviews were prompted
by specific threats. The latest data lay out a similar, broader pattern
regarding 150 groups whose FBI files the ACLU has asked to see.

For example, a June 19, 2002, e-mail cites a source offering information
on Greenpeace regarding "activists who show a clear predisposition to
violate the law." Other documents contain suspicions that PETA funds,
supports or otherwise acts as a front for "eco-terrorist" groups that
use arson, bombs or vandalism, such as the Animal Liberation Front or
Earth Liberation Front.

Researcher Julie Tate contributed to this report.

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