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For some time now, corporations that have faced opposition by environmentalists and animal rights’ activists have sought out ways to have those people marginalized, silenced, or jailed. Since 9/11, these companies have had much luck in lumping radicals in these movements with “terrorists”, sometimes using the clever title “eco-terrorists”. True, some of these folks participate in acts of property destruction, which would make them “eco-vandals” or “eco-sabotuers. But no, timber companies and companies that experiment on animals and the like want you to think of vandals as scary folks who want to kill and maim.
Recently, a handful of activists were sentenced for committing arson against timber companies in Oregon, and the judge decided to add a “terrorism enhancement”, essentially declaring that these defendants were terrorists, and tacking on years of extra jail time. Fucked up.
As I understand it, the law that allowed for these “terrorism enhancements” pretty much allows the police and courts to call anyone involved in civil disobedience regarding animal rights a terrorist. Again, fucked up.
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