Glenn Greenwald, writing for The Intercept:
The FBI on Friday announced the arrests in Oakland of two animal
rights activists, Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane, and
accused the pair of engaging in “domestic terrorism.” This comes
less than a month after the FBI director said he does not
consider Charleston Church murderer Dylann Roof a “terrorist.” The
activists’ alleged crimes: “They released thousands of minks from
farms around the country and vandalized various properties.”
That’s it. Now they’re being prosecuted and explicitly vilified as
“terrorists,” facing 10-year prison terms.
The politicization of the word terrorism is not new, but at this point, it’s devolved into a term of pure propaganda. From the FBI announcement:
“Whatever your feelings about the fur industry, there are legal
ways to make your opinions known,” said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy.
“The conduct alleged here, sneaking around at night, stealing
property and vandalizing homes and businesses with acid, glue, and
chemicals, is a form of domestic terrorism and can’t be permitted
“Today’s indictment represents the collective efforts of several
FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) around the country,” said
Eric S. Birnbaum, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s San Diego
Field Office. “The FBI and our JTTF partners will continue to
investigate and seek the prosecution of those who engage in
similar criminal conduct for the purpose of advancing their own
We’ll all sleep so much better tonight knowing the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces are hard at work pursuing animal rights activists who are gluing the door locks of mink farmers.
★ Thursday, 6 August 2015