[Ppnews] Important Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act Update
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Sat May 23 10:38:46 EDT 2009
Civil Liberties Defense Center
Yesterday, the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC), Center for
Constitutional Rights (CCR) and other civil rights attorneys moved
to dismiss the U.S. government's indictment of Joseph Buddenberg,
Maryam Khajavi, Nathan Pope and Adriana Stumpo (the AETA 4), four
animal rights activists who are charged for the first time with
conspiracy to commit animal enterprise terrorism. Charges against the
AETA 4 include protesting, chalking the sidewalk, chanting and
leafleting --, and the alleged use of "the Internet to find
information on bio-medical researchers." These actions are clearly
and traditionally protected by the First Amendment.
The Department of Justice has brazenly called these activists
"terrorists" under the auspices of a little known law called the
Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA ). Passed by Congress towards the end
of the Bush administration, the AETA aims to suppress speech and
advocacy by criminalizing activities protected by the First
Amendment, including protests, boycotts, picketing and
whistleblowing. Though the AETA targets animal rights activists, its
language is so broad and vague that it could easily be used to
prosecute labor activists who might engage in peaceful activities
such as picketing or organizing a successful boycott of a giant
corporate supermarket that exploits its workers. The AETA
criminalizes a broad swath of protected First Amendment activities --
and CLDC and the defense team have asked the Court to strike down the
AETA as unconstitutional. Furthermore, there are already dozens of
state and federal laws that could be used to prosecute criminal acts
engaged in by animal rights activists; the addition of this federal
crime of terrorism is thus clearly intended to chill the
constitutional rights of citizens who advocate a particular political belief.
The case of the AETA 4 is the first use of the AETA since being
signed into law -- it is clear that the law can and will be used
against lawful activists. It is of critical importance that the case
against the AETA 4 be dropped in order to protect our Constitutional
right to dissent.
Take action today in solidarity with the AETA 4 by doing the following:
1. Call the Department of Justice at (202) 514-1057 and ask
Assistant Attorney General David Kris to stop using counter-terrorism
resources to criminalize animal rights activism.
2. Write your
and representative and demand that they repeal the AETA, as it will
only lead to violations of our Constitutional rights; and abundant
laws already exist to prosecute criminal acts. and,
Join the Coalition to Abolish the AETA and work with us to protect
everyone's Constitutional right to dissent.
Stand with us today and call for justice for the AETA 4.
"Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of
all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily
--Justice William O.Douglas
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good
conscience to remain silent."
The Civil Liberties Defense Center
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