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FBI targeting political activists as terrorists

Discussion in 'Opinions, Beliefs, & Points of View' started by Prinnctopher's Belt, May 26, 2011.

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  1. Prinnctopher's Belt

    Prinnctopher's Belt Antiquities Friend SF Supporter

    Published: 26 May, 2011

    Anti-terrorism resources are being used to target environmentalists, peace, animal and political activists who hold different views than the government.

    It was recently revealed that a counter-terrorism firm spied on individuals who attended film screenings of the documentary Gasland. The film focuses on the practice of natural gas fracking and what impact it has on the environment and in the communities where it is used.

    The FBI and other government agencies are cracking down on those who are not willing to say in line with the status quo.

    In Pennsylvania, activists have faced terrorism charges for writing slogans in chalk on sidewalks. In California, 27 individuals are set to go on trial stemming for protest actions Elsewhere 23 anti-war, pro-labor and international solidarity activists may face a grand jury on trumped up charged. The FBI boasts 164,000 suspicious activity reports that are made up of activists who do not follow the governments view on matters.

    The US government is using taxpayer money to squash the competition as opposed to protecting the American people from true terrorist threats, all while stomping on freedom of speech rights.

    Carlos Montes, a co-founder of the Brown Berets Chicano Movement explained there is a marked rise of the US government using tools at their disposal designed to fight terrorism to impose oppression on political activists.

    “The protest movements are directly exposing and challenging the lines that the US government puts out,” he said, yet law enforcement authorities continue to crack down without just cause. “It’s a war against dissent.”

    The government is working to stop the movement which is merely seeking to exercise its right to free speech and the right to protest

    “They’re trying to stop us but we’re not going to let them do it,” Montes added.

  2. Zurkhardo

    Zurkhardo Well-Known Member

    Reminds me of how civil rights activists and even outspoken musicians endured the same thing for decades. It doesn't take the Cold War to "justify" this sort of warrantless scrutiny.
  3. jota1

    jota1 Well-Known Member

    Too much state and too many organizations dedicated to controlling society. On the other hand a lot of those organizations were infiltrated with people that had a political agenda. if they kept true to their intentions then they would have more (moral) power against abuse by the authorities and it would be more difficult for the authorities to justify why they are spying on them.

    Thats what I think by what i have seen in my country but Kudos for those that speak out against abuse of authority.
  4. Mr. Goldstein

    Mr. Goldstein Well-Known Member

    I don't know anything about politics, but what I do know is that in the end, everyone dies: rich people, poor people, depressed people, happy people, good people, evil people, etc. In the end, everyone is equal, as dirt in the ground, and none of your accomplishments or failures can be taken with you, or remembered by you, because you become a permanently unconscious pile of dirt.

    Of course, if gods do exist, then based on the concept of them being humanitarian, they will reward the good people in heaven and place the psychopaths in hell.

    Is there any intrinsic value in perpetuating the human species when suffering is the norm? Why not all humans just agree to stop reproducing and just let us go extinct?
  5. topsail81

    topsail81 Well-Known Member

    After The Patriot Act was passed, I really started to lose hope.
  6. Chargette

    Chargette Well-Known Member

    The US has been mindful of political activists doings for years. This is nothing new here.
  7. Lovecraft

    Lovecraft Well-Known Member

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