A rare but strong critical media review of the corporate forces and lobbying groups who, with the help of obliging and well-rewarded members of Congress, determine the definition, laws, and penalties for animal rights “terrorism” actions against the biggest terrorists on the planet — corporate exploiters of animals.
“Well…looking at how the FBI is targeting animal rights activists – it appears anti-terror laws are being used strictly to protect corporate profits – at the expense of the public. A recent Freedom of Information Act request uncovered an FBI file that identifies animal rights activists who snuck into factory farms and videotaped the horrific conditions animals are kept in – as terrorists. That’s right – those who make videotapes exposing animal cruelty – and distribute them to the public are on par with people like Timothy McVeigh and the 9/11 hijackers according to the FBI. Why? Because the FBI argues that actions like these do “economic damage” to farm factories. And under a controversial law passed by Republicans in Congress and signed by President Bush in 2006 known as the “Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act” – you can be brought up on charges of terrorism if you economically damage factories farms by vandalizing property – interrupting or invalidating experiments – or just simply costing a factory farm “profits.” And since videos depicting animals being tortured before they’re slaughtered – and videos depicting unsanitary factories – may cause people to not buy from that particular factory – then the FBI says that these activists disrupted profits and thus are terrorism…”