War on Terror Expanded to Include Chalk-Wielding PETA Members

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”), PETA is a terrorist group.

As reported at Treehugger.com,

[t]he USDA . . . released a new security profile form (pdf), which it distributes to animal experimentation facilities. The form reveals that PETA has been classified as a terrorist threat by the US government–potentially opening up its members to prosecution as terrorists. [T]he document was given to all facilities that conduct experiments on animals. They were asked to disclose whether they were the target of attacks or harassment from a list of terrorist groups–one of which, evidently, is PETA.

Siouxsie is not a big fan of PETA (she doesn’t really want to get doused with red paint just because she wears leather shoes).  But terrorists?  Really?

Pam Anderson and PETA are not equivalent to Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda.  It is absolutely ridiculous for the FBI and the U.S. Attorney to use limited federal resources to prosecute PETA and its members as terrorists.

Consider the case of the alleged sidewalk chalkers:

Adriana Stumpo, Nathan Pope, Joseph Buddenberg and Maryam Khajavi, are facing charges under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (“AETA”).Here is a link to the AETA Complaint

The defendants are accused being part of a group of protesters that targeted University of California professors known for conducting experiments on animals. The complaint alleges that the group harassed professors at their homes.  The group dressed in black and wore bandanas over their faces; chanted slogans; and chalked defamatory statements on the public sidewalks outside the professors’ homes.  In one incident, a protester allegedly assaulted a professor.  Yikes.

What is even worse, the slogans they chanted were really bad.  And Siouxsie means really bad. Consider this one:

One, two, three, four open up the cage door;

Five, six, seven, eight, smash the locks and liberate;

Nine, ten, eleven, twelve, vivisectors go to hell.

This is idiotic.  Twelve does NOT rhyme with hell.  It just doesn’t.

Someone should prosecute these PETA protesters for bad rhyming, as well as assault, trespass, harassment and any other crimes they committed.  But, the FBI and U.S. Attorney should not be the ones to do so.  Nor should they use a special terror law and the full weight of the federal government to go after PETA members.  What a waste of time for the feds.

Worse yet, the federal government’s prosecutions will not deter PETA or its members.  PETA members that are prosecuted will become martyrs.  And a type of Streisand effect will occur — the federal government’s attempts to muzzle (pun intended) PETA with Homeland Security laws will only draw attention to PETA, its members, and its causes.

Well played Attorney General Holder.

Look for the Nina Hagen cameo in this PETA video

Better yet, check out Nina Hagen’s amazing cover of Spirit in the Sky.

~ by siouxsielaw on December 10, 2009.

3 Responses to “War on Terror Expanded to Include Chalk-Wielding PETA Members”

  1. Hey – i’m pretty certain that several environmental groups are also on the fed’s hate list? and straightedges in Utah get harassed for being a “gang” all the time. what a waste of energy…

  2. Greenpeace is also considered a terrorist group. I think it is a good thing. Hopefully it will make people open their eyes and research these orginizations before they join. And if they still want to join, at least they will be knowledgable about the information they spew, unlike now.

  3. Excellent post thank you for the info

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