Do anti-terrorism laws protect the public or protect corporate profits?
Well...looking at how the FBI is targeting animal rights activists - it appears anti-terror laws are being used strictly to protect corporate profits - at the expense of the public. A recent Freedom of Information Act request uncovered an FBI file that identifies animal rights activists who snuck into factory farms and videotaped the horrific conditions animals are kept in - as terrorists. That's right - those who make videotapes exposing animal cruelty - and distribute them to the public are on par with people like Timothy McVeigh and the 9/11 hijackers according to the FBI. Why? Because the FBI argues that actions like these do "economic damage" to farm factories. And under a controversial law passed by Republicans in Congress and signed by President Bush in 2006 known as the "Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act" - you can be brought up on charges of terrorism if you economically damage factories farms by vandalizing property - interrupting or invalidating experiments - or just simply costing a factory farm "profits." And since videos depicting animals being tortured before they're slaughtered - and videos depicting unsanitary factories - may cause people to not buy from that particular factory - then the FBI says that these activists disrupted profits and thus are terrorism.