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Dissent is Not Terrorism (Protest Dec. 9th)

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Sunday December 9th at 1pm

Herald Square (6th Ave & 32nd St -- across from the mall)

Join Friends and Family of Daniel McGowan for a demonstration as we commemorate the 2nd Anniversary of Operation Backfire and resist the U.S. government's attempts to conflate dissent with terrorism.

During Operation Backfire, the Justice Department charged animal rights and environmental activists as terrorists. Though these activists destroyed property, they never injured anyone. Yet the influence of oil, logging and fur lobbyists on government is so great the FBI continues to maintain that property crimes are the number one domestic terrorist threat facing the United States.

By 400-6, the House just passed the "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act," which criminalizes "extremist belief system[s]."

The planet is heating up. The U.S. crusade in the Middle East is breeding new hatreds and injustices. Now, more than ever, we need to resist the politicians and corporate chieftans who are trying to criminalize our very ability to tell them that there has to be a better way to live.

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Terrorism is everywhere, if you believe the government, and the only evidence they need to put forth is the spectre of the World Trade Center buildings that are no more. Under the guise of "safety" bureaucrats have devised and enacted legislation that erodes whatever meager rights were still left to its citizens under the Patriot Act, and have the perfect political boogeyman to justify repression against those resisting both state and corporate oppression.

Corporations involved in the murder and torture of animals have been successful in lobbying the government against animal liberation and rights activists, and have been rewarded for their largesse with the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a law that could criminalize anyone protesting the activities of an animal enterprise-- which could impact labor unions, community groups, health organizations and social and economic justice movements.

The government freely uses the term "eco-terrorism," a word coined by a logging-industry PR hack, and through its "Operation Backfire" investigation has successfully prosecuted activists for various property-crimes claimed by the earth and animal liberation fronts actions which have not injured or harmed any living creature-- in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to threatening those caught with preposterously long prison sentences to break solidarity and to frighten others from contemplating such actions, the government also successfully applied a terrorism enhancement" in many of the cases, now forever branding activists, like NYC local Daniel McGowan, as terrorists.

And now there is the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act-- a bill that passed the House 400-6, and would establish two government-appointed bodies to study, monitor, and propose ways of curbing what it calls "homegrown terrorism and extremism in the United States." The definition? "A process of adapting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically-based violence to advance political, religious, or social change."

We are all terrorists now.

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