Thursday, April 08, 2010

When are Militias and Tea Party Members “Terrorists”?

Green Is The New Red posted another great article. This one is entitled When are Militias and Tea Party Members “Terrorists”?
It contrasts the tolerance and leniency rightwing fascists are awarded with the harsh attacks and sentencing levied against animal rights, animal liberation, and environmental folks.

#1: Mike Vanderboegh, former militia member from Alabama, urged readers of his blog to throw bricks through Democratic offices in response to health care legislation.
Six animal rights activists were convicted of “animal enterprise terrorism” for doing much less. They were part of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, and ran a website that posted personal information about executives tied to the controversial lab Huntingdon Life Sciences.
They were sentenced to between 1 and 6 years in prison. And the former militia member? He hasn’t even been arrested.

#2: The Christian militia, Hutaree, were “part of a group of apocalyptic Christian militants who were plotting to kill law enforcement officers in hopes of inciting an antigovernment uprising.
The New York Times doesn’t call this racist, political violence “terrorism.” Yet a group of environmentalists who sabotaged property as part of the Earth Liberation Front, without harming or intending to harm a single person, were smeared as terrorists immediately upon arrest.

#3: Sarah Palin told a rally of 8,000 tea-partiers: “It’s not a time to retreat. It’s a time to reload.”
The AETA 4, for example, are not accused of property destruction or threats of violent. They are being charged under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act for protesting and chalking slogans on the streets using children’s sidewalk chalk.

Clamoring to label others as terrorists misses the point, which is that the word, the most dangerous and powerful term in the media and in our legal system, is nothing more than a fluid brand to attack the enemy of the hour.


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