Saturday, March 28, 2009

AETA

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

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Local animal rights activists, Joseph Buddenberg, Maryam Khajavi, Nathan Pope, and Adriana Stumpo, pleaded not guilty March 19 to charges of using threats and violence to interfere with University of California animal researchers, in violation of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA).

DRIVING ACTIVISM UNDERGROUND:
"The AETA has backfired, causing an increase in underground activism," says Los Angeles-based activist Jerry Vlasak, whose inflammatory language against animal researchers was quoted extensively during the 2006 Congressional hearing on AETA. Vlasak is a media contact for the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, which operates a Web site featuring anonymous "communiqu├ęs" sent in by clandestine activists. In a posting dated March 6, a group called the Animal Liberation Brigade takes credit for burning the car of a Los Angeles primate researcher. "We will come for you when you least expect it and do a lot more damanage [sic] than to your property," the message reads. "Where ever you go and what ever you do we'll be watching you as long as you continue to do your disgusting experiments on monkeys And a special message for the FBI, the more legit activists you fuck with the more it inspires us since wer're [sic] the people whom you least suspect and when we hit we hit hard."

FUCK THE ACLU:
The American Civil Liberties Union didn't oppose it after an amendment was added guaranteeing that it wouldn't restrict First Amendment rights.

FUCK DIANE FEINSTEIN:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein cosponsored AETA along with Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), saying it would "ensure that eco-terrorists do not impede important medical progress in California." Before the bill passed, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) voiced the lone complaint against it. "I am not for anyone ... damaging another person's property or person. But I am for protecting the First Amendment and not creating a special class of violations for a specific type of protest." No one else was persuaded. The bill was bundled with other legislation deemed to be noncontroversial then passed by voice vote.

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