Truth as Terrorism
By John Albanese
Just who are these suspected terrorists that President Bush seeks a blank check to spy on? Recent reports in USA Today indicates that the government’s terrorist watch list has swelled to 755,000 names. In December of 2005 NBC News reported that a secret Defense Department document listed a Quaker Meeting House gathering of anti-war activists as a “threat.”
“This peaceful, educationally oriented group being a threat is incredible,” says Evy Grachow, a member of the Florida group called The Truth Project.
MSNBC goes on to report:
… the Pentagon now collects domestic intelligence that goes beyond legitimate concerns about terrorism or protecting U.S. military installations, say critics.
In December 2005 the ACLU published a press release: New Documents Show FBI Targeting Environmental and Animal Rights Groups Activities as ‘Domestic Terrorism’
The ACLU said that some of the documents suggest infiltration by undercover “sources” at animal rights meetings and conferences.
At times, the documents show aggressive attempts by the FBI to link PETA, Greenpeace and other mainstream organizations to activists associated with the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) or Earth Liberation Front (ELF), said the ACLU. PETA, in particular, is repeatedly and falsely singled out as a “front” for militant organizations although in at least one document released today the FBI appears to acknowledge that it has no evidence to back up such assertions.
Equally disturbing, on November 8, 2007 CSPAN aired a hearing of the Homeland Security Subcommittee’s “Terrorism and the Internet.” These hearings purported to identify “home grown terrorist recruiters” on the internet, in connection with House Bill HR 1955, “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007.”