So, apparently I'm officially a supporter of terrorism. I might have been for awhile - I'm not sure what all's on "the list" anymore. But I read an article in the Korporate media today which was extremely shocking to me, so I'll summarize:
Apparently the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms held a press conference in which they named "eco-terrorist" groups - IE, ALF and ELF, according to them - a huge terrorist threat to the nation. I *support* many of the non-violent actions of these groups - in fact, I'm fairly sure that none of their actions have been violent, if somewhat dangerous - so I guess that makes me a terrorist right there. Yippee. Mark that down. But wait - it gets even better! Not only are they a terrorist group, but so is the group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty in Britain, which hasn't done shit that could be considered dangerous. Shockingly enough, they had the nerve to - " vandalize company property and harass lab employees and customers".
Clearly, they're right up there with those promoting holy war. In fact, James Inhofe, a senator from Oklahoma, even said "Just like al Qaeda or any other terrorist movement, ELF and ALF cannot accomplish their goals without money, membership, and the media,". He said this before making the accusation that PETA was giving money to members of the ELF and ALF. PETA, a group with 800,000 members.
I didn't actually watch the event in which all of this apparently took place - so if anyone did and could report on it more specifically, that would be great. But I don't know...I just feel that this is VERY disturbing and wanted to let people know about it. I guess...being as I will admit to be being a fairly privledged white person - with the luxury of tending to not be easily targeted - all this is finally starting to hit closer to home for me. First they came for the Muslims, then they came for the environmentalists...