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Tuesday, December 20

What's the difference between a terrorist and a social activist group?

Not much according to the FBI.

The NYTimes today reports:
"One F.B.I. document indicates that agents in Indianapolis planned to conduct surveillance as part of a "Vegan Community Project." Another document talks of the Catholic Workers group's "semi-communistic ideology." A third indicates the bureau's interest in determining the location of a protest over llama fur planned by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals."

Oh those dangerous vegans! The ACLU used the Freedom of Information Act to find out just who the FBI was investigating since John Ashcroft loosened the restrictions on who the FBI could investigate after 9/11 mysteriously happened just when the fascists took control of our country.

"The latest batch of documents, parts of which the A.C.L.U. plans to release publicly on Tuesday, totals more than 2,300 pages and centers on references in internal files to a handful of groups, including PETA, the environmental group Greenpeace and the Catholic Workers group, which promotes antipoverty efforts and social causes."

Since 9/11, now social activist groups are relegated to the pile of terrorists. If you ask Americans who get their news in snippets from TV or radio about all this spying by the FBI, the Pentagon and the NSA or NASA as the president calls it, they are likely to respond by saying that they don't associate with those activist nutcases so they don't care if civil rights have been violated by the administration. They'd rather give up their civil rights than be violated by "terrorists". They move to gated communities and buy guns for protection. Americans are some of the biggest scaredy cats in the world.

Me, I'd rather that the government mind its own business and stay out of our lives. I'll take my chances rather than live in a gated community learning how to shoot a gun. Activism is what made our country a pretty good place to live. We can breathe better, eat safer foods, be free from most epidemics and look forward to social security checks in our old age because of social activism.

Last night someone told me that there is really nothing we can do about this. Well of course there is. We can call congress, we can write letters, we can sign petitions and we can spread the truth to whomever we meet. Newsday just called me to tell me that my letter of protest about Bush's total disregard for the constitution will be published within a week. So there. I made a difference. You can too.

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