AETA News Roundup

December 13th, 2006 6:37 pm by mad mags

Given the disheartening lack of coverage of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) in the mainstream media, I thought a roundup of recent news coverage might be helpful. (Of course, there’s always Green Is the New Red for breaking updates!) Though AETA never should have passed through the House OR the Senate, the good news seems to be that opposition is growing garmin express voor mac.

Prior to the House vote, the Institute for Humanist Studies included an anti-AETA article in their newsletter, Humanist Network News. It’s a great piece, and the fact that it doesn’t come from the “animal terrorist” sector makes it that much more impressive.

Here’s a brief excerpt:

Although AETA has flown under the radar of most Americans, it poses a very really threat btd6 herunterladen. AETA may initiate a domino effect in which legitimate social justice movements are labeled as terrorism. The risk of being charged as a terrorist could have a chilling effect on legitimate activism. If AETA were law years ago, civil rights activists could have been labeled and prosecuted as terrorists.

All Americans should be concerned about this gross infringement on the First Amendment 360 grad app herunterladen. The term terrorism should not be used against peaceful social justice advocacy. Homeland Security should focus on genuine domestic security threats, rather than implement a law that erodes the First Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

Who will the next “terrorists” be?

My only quibble is that they, too, buy into the myth that the ACLU opposed AETA throughout its many incarnations:

Many civil rights organizations oppose AETA. The American Civil Liberties Union wrote a letter to the U.S. Congress expressing its concern that “…the bill would also make the expanded crime a predicate for Title III federal criminal wiretapping. This provision could be used for widespread domestic surveillance….A court will be far more likely to find probable cause for a vague crime of causing economic damage or disruption to an animal enterprise than for a crime that requires some evidence that the organization plans to engage in activity causing illegal ” ‘physical disruption.’ “

You can contact author (and editor of Humanist Network News) Elaine Friedman via an online contact form here.

The New Standard News also ran a critical article, “House Passes ‘Terrorism’ Act Against Animal Activists”, on 11/15/06:

The AETA amends current law enabling the government to prosecute activists for intentionally damaging property used by “animal enterprises” – businesses that use or sell animals. The AETA expands those provisions to enhance penalties against activists who “interfere” with animal enterprises by destroying property or engaging in behavior that appears “threatening.” It even includes perceive threats to companies that work with animal enterprises and takes into account resulting profit losses.

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Blogger Diane Dees raised the issue over at the MoJo blog; as an “animal terrorist”, it’s no suprise which side of the aisle she occupies:

Last year, the FBI declared that so-called eco-teorrists and animal rights anarchists were more dangerous to the country than right-wing militia groups and militant anti-choice groups. The groundwork has been laid to do anything to protect American corporations, and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act has already passed in the U.S. Senate.

Go show her some love, or check out her main blog, The Dees Diversion. FYI, her post was also mentioned at Feminist Law Professors. Way to spread the word!

This month’s issue of Satya screams “The New Face of Terrorism…Could Be Yours.” Packed with articles about those scary “animal terrorists” (that would be us), it features articles on SHAC, as well as other political prisoners (including ways to support them). There’s also an article on AETA penned by Lee Hall (“Working for the Clampdown: How the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act Became Law”), and a guest editorial by Green Is the New Red’s Will Potter (“The Chilling Effect”, which is available online). By the by, you can subscribe to Satya here, and/or thank them for the coverage at feedback [at] satyamag.com.

Finally, the NY Times reported yesterday that Dennis Kucinich – you know, the only Congressperson with enough gravitas to actively oppose AETA – is in the running for the 2008 Presidential elections! You say snowball, I say rock star.

And I totally love the nonchalant way in which he announced his candidacy:

In the midst of a brief chat in his office last week, Representative Dennis J. Kucinich mentioned that, oh, by the way, he planned to run for president again in 2008.

“Yes, I am,” Mr. Kucinich, Democrat of Ohio, said in response to a reporter’s question about a possible encore to his bid in 2004.

Mr. Kucinich’s wife, Elizabeth Harper, who was seated next to him, arched her eyebrows in apparent surprise.

Asked if he had told anyone this yet, Mr. Kucinich said no.

“You just happened to ask,” he said.

Then he walked out of his office and informed his press aide.

The man even managed to drop a vegan joke into the interview:

He says he plans to show up for every debate he is invited to — and even if not, he may show up anyway.

“This is where it comes in handy to be a vegan,” Mr. Kucinich said. “I don’t take up that much space.”

Awesome.

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