As you may have read last week in the USA a new act was signed into law that suspended Habeus Corpus and gave the President of the United States the power to detain anyone suspected of connection to terrorists or terrorism as enemy combatants. As such, that person could be held indefinitely, without charges being filed against him or her, without a court hearing, and without entitlement to a legal consultant.
In short the government agencies can make anyone disappear. No rights, no trial. Locked away. Just as they did years ago in Argentina, just as in China, just as in Iraq…
» Usually I post items about vegetarian/veganism, plus about animal rights, but In the next few days I will post items about HUMAN rights and how these rights have been abused.
Why should you be concerned about this ? Because some of these items relate to veggies, but because everybody should be concerned about everyone’s human rights.
Our first item actually is in response to another controversial law which the USA passed a while ago – the USA Patriot Act, which allowed all government agencies to eavesdrop on any telephone call without a warrant, to intercept any email correspondence, to track all books checked out of a library and to monitor all suspicous activities, such as donating to an organisation which the government have deemed to be a terrorist or terrorist supporting.
This includes domestic terrorism (an American citizen McVeigh bombed an abortion clinic in Atlanta) and according to the FBI they have classified extremist animal-rights and environmental groups among the top “domestic terrorist threats” and says they are making them an “investigative priority.”
Furthermore in a May 2005 Senate hearing, the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front were designated “terrorist organizations” by the FBI.
Any vegetarian or vegan who has donated to either of these organizations may now been seen in their eyes as a supporter of terrorism and as a result…
Quick sidenote from me – if this is the only post this week then you’ll know what happened.
» The full story and a viewpoint from the writer and vegan Gayle King :
“I’m a law-abiding, middle-class mother and grandmother. But I recently discovered that, according to Bush and the FBI, I may be a “terrorist.” This came as quite a shock. It’s true that I often speak out against injustice, because I believe a citizen has a responsibility to try and make the world a better place. But I’ve never participated in a physical protest of any kind, unless wearing a T-shirt with a slogan counts. When the “Million Woman March” was going on, I was home, watching Martha Stewart bake a pie.
My protests have always been limited to letter-writing campaigns, but in the era of the Patriot Act, domestic spying, and abuse of government power, I wonder how safe that is, even on a major website. In a recently filed lawsuit, the ACLU has documented the way that, for political reasons, the FBI has expanded the definition of domestic terrorism to include mainstream groups who criticize government policy, i.e., groups such as Greenpeace, PETA, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and the ACLU itself.
Still, I’ve decided to come clean and just hope the FBI doesn’t show up on my doorstep.
I confess. I’m a vegan. I don’t eat meat, eggs, dairy products or fish, nor do I purchase animal products of any kind. I don’t own a leather sofa, wool sweater, or use cosmetics tested on animals. And I donate money to animal advocacy groups.
There, I’ve said it!
But respecting the innocent creatures we share the planet with is a peacenik, Gandhi-esque thing. How does that make me a terrorist? Well, it takes just four short steps to get there! Pay close attention You, too, may be a terrorist without knowing it…
– Next up: More about the Military Commisions Act and about another act which was passed that didn’t get as much notice. Plus a story about imprisonment in the USA (not a terror related one, but does have connections to veggies and the North West.