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Gagged by Big Ag: How Exposing Abuse Became a Crime

17 Jun
Illustration by Tim O'Brien

Illustration by Tim O’Brien

Horrific abuse. Rampant contamination. And the crime is…exposing it?

by Ted Genoways / Mother Jones

Shawn Lyons was dead to rights—and he knew it. More than a month had passed since People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had released a video of savage mistreatment at the MowMar Farms hog confinement facility where he worked as an entry-level herdsman in the breeding room. The three enormous sow barns in rural Greene County, Iowa, were less than five years old and, until recently, had raised few concerns. They seemed well ventilated and well supplied with water from giant holding tanks. Their tightly tacked steel siding always gleamed white in the sun. But the PETA hidden-camera footage shot by two undercover activists over a period of months in the summer of 2008, following up on a tip from a former employee, showed a harsh reality concealed inside.

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Canada’s Aboveground Environmental Activists Seen as ‘Threat to National Security’

30 Apr

by Stephen Leahy, Cross posted from The Guardian

Environmental activists opposed to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project protest

Monitoring of environmental activists in Canada by the country’s police and security agencies has become the “new normal”, according to a researcher who has analysed security documents released under freedom of information laws.

Security and police agencies have been increasingly conflating terrorism and extremism with peaceful citizens exercising their democratic rights to organise petitions, protest and question government policies, said Jeffrey Monaghan of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

The RCMP, Canada’s national police force, and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) view activist activities such as blocking access to roads or buildings as “forms of attack” and depict those involved as national security threats, according to the documents.

Protests and opposition to Canada’s resource-based economy, especially oil and gas production, are now viewed as threats to national security, Monaghan said. In 2011 a Montreal, Quebec man who wrote letters opposing shale gas fracking was charged under Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act. Documents released in January show the RCMP has been monitoring Quebec residents who oppose fracking.

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Oregon House Passes Bills Targeting Tree-sitters, Environmental Activists

30 Apr

by Yuxing Zheng, cross posted from The Orgonian

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SALEM — With talk about “environmental terrorism,” the Oregon House approved two bills Monday that target tree sitters and other environmental activists who interfere with logging in state forests.

House Bill 2595, which passed 43-12, would create the crime of interference with state forestland management. House Bill 2596, which passed 51-4, would allow private contractors with the Oregon Department of Forestry to sue environmental protestors for the cost of damaged equipment, employee wages, attorney fees and similar costs. Both bills head to the Senate.

The legislation comes amid divisive efforts to increase logging in Elliott State Forest near Reedsport and proposals to increase logging in federal forest lands. Environmental activists affiliated with Cascadia Forest Defenders and Cascadia Earth First! staged protests at Elliott State Forest in recent years and at the Oregon State Capitol in May and June 2012, which led to arrests.

“They are known to overturn their vehicles on roads, chain themselves to trees, chain themselves to equipment, damage equipment, dig ditches in the roads, drive spikes in trees to cause injuries to workers, among other dangerous acts,” said Rep. Wayne Krieger, R-Gold Beach, who carried both bills. “This type of conduct cannot and should not be tolerated.”

House Bill 2595 would allow district attorneys “to charge these terrorists with a crime and make them accountable,” he said.

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Tax-payer Funded Eco-saboteur Video Game Draws Controversy

27 Mar
A screen grab of the controversial video game called "Pipe Trouble" shows a telling threat. The video game is meant to accompany a new documentary about the pipeline debate in British Columbia. A string of pipeline attacks have taken place in recent years in the region.

A screen grab of the controversial video game called “Pipe Trouble” shows a telling threat from a bearded “eco-terrorist”. The video game is meant to accompany a new documentary about the pipeline debate in British Columbia. A string of pipeline attacks have taken place in recent years in the region. You can play the game  here.

from CTV News (play the game here)

An online video game funded by Ontario taxpayers is causing a firestorm of controversy in three provinces for depicting pipeline bombings.

The game, called “Pipe Trouble,” was released by TV Ontario, the province’s public broadcaster. TVO recently removed the game from its website after critics charged that it depicts eco-terrorist activities. The broadcaster said the game will be independently reviewed.

The game is described on a TVO blog as a “companion ethical game” to a documentary called “Trouble in the Peace,” which addresses local opposition to pipelines and the bombing of pipelines in Peace River, B.C. Continue reading

American Legislative Exchange Council EXPOSED; Protest at annual ALEC meeting in New Orleans, August 3-6, 2011

20 Jul

ALEC stands for American Legislative Exchange Council. They are an ultra conservative front group that brings corporations and politicians together. ALEC’s private sector board is made up of representatives from GlaxoSmithKline, Bayer, Koch Industries, to name a few. They write model laws that are then passed off to ALEC member state representatives as their own. ALEC is responsible for the passage of AETA (Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act), and have crafted a revamped broader version entitled Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act. They also crafted ECO-PLAN (Environmental Corrupt Organizations-Preventative Legislation and Neutralization), which seeks to use RICO-style anti-corruption laws against ecological advocates. ALEC’s model “eco-terrorism” legislation has already been introduced in at least 16 states.

ALEC has written bills that would have environmental activists labeled as terrorists for participating in civil disobedience and animal activists labeled criminals for the recording of animal abuse. Along with dozens of pieces of model legislation and resolutions favoring corporate profits over the Earth (pro-biotech, anti-environmental justice, etc.), they are also responsible for the “three strikes and you’re out” legislation, privatizing prisons, deregulating energy companies, scapegoating immigrants and union busting.

ALEC claims that 20% of all bills they write get passed into law.

Last week, the Center for Media and Democracy created a website www.alecexposed.com that lists the model bills that were previously confidential to ALEC members only. This includes over 800 bills that attack labor, health care, climate legislation, animal issues, immigration, seek to privatize prisons, and many more.

Below is a brief list of resources that will better help with background on ALEC and the mounting resistance to it:

*Protests in New Orleans at ALEC’s annual meeting Aug. 3-6. There is a schedule of events, housing board, and more info at ProtestALEC.org

*”ALEC Documents Reveal How Corporations Secretly Create New Laws” from Green is the New Red, by Will Potter

*Article about ALEC published by The Nation, July 13, 2011

*ALEC’s upcoming public events and conferences

*State Representatives on the board of ALEC

*Other ways to get involved (suggestions from the blog Daily Kos, who has been tracking ALEC)

*ALEC’s website

Green Terror

25 May

An interview with Will Potter, author of “Green is the New Red.”

By Michael May
Published on: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in Texas Observer

For Will Potter, the subject matter behind Green is the New Red is personal.  While working at the Chicago Tribune, he got a visit from two FBI agents at his apartment. The month before, Potter had been arrested at a protest. He had been passing out flyers in the neighborhood of an insurance executive who did business with Huntington Life Sciences, the infamous animal-testing lab. The FBI agents wanted Potter to help identify and spy on other animal-rights activists—or risk ending up on the domestic terrorism watch list.

Potter didn’t tell the agents what they wanted to know. Instead, he began to investigate heavy-handed law enforcement efforts aimed at environmentalists. While some environmental groups, like the Animal Liberation Front, have done risky and potentially dangerous crimes against property, Potter shows how law enforcement has come after individuals who are guilty of no more than showing support for militant efforts online. And he questions whether the charge of “terrorism” is used too broadly against activists, and shows how it can skew investigations and manipulate public opinion.

For more information and to see video interview of Will Potter, conducted by Michael May click here

Terrorism is Dead, Long Live Eco-Terrorism

3 May

With Usama Bin Laden dead the authorities can again refocus their energy on quelling the domestic “eco-terrorist” movement in the United States leaving us at the Earth First! Journal just that much more paranoid that our Facebook page is being monitored!

And while the killing of Usama may avenge the deaths that occured on 9/11, now is not the time to celebrate. It is, rather, time to carry forward against an even more insidious terrorism and avenge the death of the vast forests, the exterminated wolves and buffalo, the poisoned dolphins that drown in oil in the gulf, the contaminated people and critters near the nuclear meltdown in Japan and the millions of people (most often indigenous people) murdered around the world for their land and the resources below their feet.

But who will do the avenging?