AR-News: Save the Whales=terrorism?

jim robertson wolfcrest at
Tue Mar 9 04:13:27 EST 2004

>================================================================   ACTIVIST 
>NETWORK  --  People For the American Way   Alert Date: Mar. 8, 2004   -- 
>Circulate Until: Mar. 12, 2004
>   Want to "Save the Whales?"   The Right Wing Thinks You're a Terrorist. 
>Contact your state representative.
>Urge him or her to vote against any attempt to fund the Animal and 
>Ecological Terrorism Act such as the current Senate Budget Bill (SB 6187), 
>presently before the House Rules Committee.
>You can send an e-mail with one click from the PFAW website:
>In a move worthy of Orwell's Big Brother, the Washington state legislature 
>is being asked to fund a law enforcement database of "eco-terrorists" that 
>would, in fact, track citizens engaged in lawful environmental advocacy, 
>such as signing a petition to save old-growth forests, attending a rally 
>for clean air, or simply joining a group like the Sierra Club or Defenders 
>of Wildlife.
>There is still time to stop this draconian and unconstitutional measure, 
>but we need to act today! Contact your state representative and urge him or 
>her to vote against any attempt to fund the Animal and Ecological Terrorism 
>Act such as the current Senate Budget Bill (SB 6187), presently before the 
>House Rules Committee.
>The AETA invokes the language of terrorism to restrict our hard- won 
>constitutional rights of free assembly and free speech.  It defines "animal 
>rights or ecological terrorist organization" as "two or more persons 
>organized for the purpose of supporting any politically motivated activity 
>intended to obstruct or deter any persons from participating in an activity 
>involving animals or... natural resources."
>This dangerously broad definition of "terrorist" would catch anybody who's 
>ever sent in $10 to save the pandas. It's a thinly disguised effort to 
>quash environmental activism and intimidate citizens who want to speak out. 
>  The sponsors of this legislation have certainly learned from Attorney 
>General Ashcroft's repeated use of terrorism fears to justify the sacrifice 
>of Americans' rights and liberties.
>We need your help to show that even in times of elevated security concerns, 
>Americans aren't willing to give up their most cherished freedoms. Contact 
>your state representative TODAY and urge him or her to vote against any 
>attempt to fund the Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act such as the current 
>Senate Budget Bill SB 6187). 
>This important action reflects the hard work of Public Trust, a 
>collaborative effort among state and national public interest groups 
>dedicated to shining the public spotlight on American Legislative Exchange 
>Council (ALEC).  ALEC is an organization funded primarily by corporate soft 
>money and the Right Wing to push a pro-corporate, far-right agenda in state 
>legislatures across the country.  PFAW is a co-chair organization of Public 
>Trust.  Learn more at the Public Trust website:
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Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full 
breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit 
itself to humankind.
Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize winner

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