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Environmentalist Witch-Hunt Underway. Summary.
author: ruth

Fight the Corporate Media Spin. This summary was written to help spread the word to family, friends, progressively minded comrades about the Green Witch Hunt currently underway.

In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Catholic. Then they came for me -- and by that time there was nobody left to speak up. -Martin Niemoller

The environmental community is under attack. Speak up before they come for you...

In 2002 a federal jury found the FBI and the Oakland Police guilty of violating Judi Bari and Daryl Cherney's first amendment rights by framing them as terrorists following an assassination attempt made on Bari and Cherney in order to discredit Earth First! Right now environmentalists across the country are being swept up in an eco-activist witch-hunt that many suspect is similarly designed to discredit the environmental movement.

On January 20, 2006 11 individuals (a 12th died in custody) were indicted on 65 charges addressing almost every unsolved act of earth liberation vandalism, including the infamous arson of the proposed ski resort in Vail, Colorado. The bells and whistles' announcement of these indictments by Attorney General Gonzales corresponded almost simultaneously with the start of unofficial congressional hearings on the Bush administration's illegal wiretapping program. Some have suggested that this timing may not be coincidence combining wide-spread discrediting of the environmental movement with a distraction from the Bush administration's own unlawful surveillance of United States' citizens.

Of the individuals in custody, almost all have publicly proclaimed innocence. Some have very openly stated that they have no affiliation with the ELF or any like organization. We very possibly have many individuals facing decades in prison for crimes of vandalism they didn't commit. This is not the time to be silent. What happened to Judi Bari and Daryl Cherney could happen again, and this time under the increased public hysteria over "terrorism."
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Another Important Case We Should Keep An Eye On: The SHAC 7 ( http://www.shac7.com ) begin trial on Feb 6th in Trenton NJ facing an aggregate 23 years in prison for what should be protected free speech. They are alleged to have operated a website that reported on and expressed ideological support for protest activity against Huntingdon and its business affiliates. For this they are charged with "terrorism" under the controversial Federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. The Bush administration started this renewed attack on civil liberties with the animal rights movement hoping they would be marginalized even within progressive movements. This case will produce a dangerous precedent resulting in the government's ability to successfully persecute more mainstream progressive organizations and organizers.

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full story:
http://www.indybay.org/news/2006/01/1796923.php