How the war on civil liberties harms animals

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin

constitution-diesThe industry-crafted Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) has had a chilling effect on Animal Liberation activism in America, classifying us as domestic terrorists if we affect the profits of animal abusers. Isn’t that our job? But while this oppressive piece of legislation looms glaringly over our movement, the sole objective of the systematic erosion of our civil liberties and Constitutional rights is to criminalize dissent and neuter activists.

Home demonstrations are a highly effective form of activism. We must go out and hold abusers personally accountable for their war crimes. And cowards fear exposure. The UK police state has, therefore, criminalized home demonstrations. And in the evolving US police state, we see vivisectors across the country running to the state to seek restraining orders and injunctions against activists who “threaten” to tell the truth.

Truthful words appear to be very scary instruments for the insidious monsters among us.

We’ve seen laws re-written by the vivisection complex to classify free speech as “stalking” and “harassment.” And within this alarming paradigm, we see some in the animal rights community shamelessly stand with vivisectors against activists to hide their own crimes. We see agri-industry criminalizing photographing the endemic abuses of farm animals rather than prosecuting the abuse.

And outside of the Animal Liberation community’s state repression circus, Apple is fighting a court order that would allow the FBI a backdoor into iPhone encryption. Apple CEO Tim Cook says:

“The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.”

Know that when an activist is arrested, your cell phone and/or laptop is being cloned and sent to the FBI. If you’re not encrypted, you not only endanger yourself but any other activist with whom you communicate.

Julian Assange is in exile. Edward Snowden is in exile. Some Animal Liberation activists are in exile. Every single one for free speech “crimes.”

And last week the Wisconsin State Supreme Court decided that the Fourth Amendment is no longer applicable. Brianna Acquesta reports:

“In a 4-3 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court just killed the rights of citizens outlined in the Fourth Amendment by stating that police officers may enter a home, or parts of the home, without a warrant and can seize evidence to use in the arrest and prosecution of citizens.

The Fourth Amendment states that unreasonable searches and seizures are not allowed and that the only legally recognized search and seizure is one that is preceded by a warrant granted by courts. The warrant must be supported by probable cause.”

And please do not be naive. All a vivisector needs to do is run to the state with a lie and say “s/he threatened me” and a search warrant will be issued. Any activist who presents a “threat” to profits WILL wake up to the police raiding their home and seizing their property. Any coward can run to the state and say “I’m scared” of an activist’s words. Simply align yourself with vivisectors, use their activism against them to demonstrate a “pattern” and you too can secure a free speech injunction against any activist.

Two ALF operatives just took a plea on AETA charges for liberating animals from fur farms. The animals live miserable lives in tiny cages where they are driven insane by their confinement until the day they have their necks broken, if they’re lucky, before their fur is torn from their backs. But the state protects the sadists and prosecutes conscience-driven warriors. While no one has any right to second guess anyone’s decision when they’re facing 10 years in prison, all we know for sure is that two more of the most effective actors in our community just fell into the hands of the state. Another tremendous loss for the animals.

Obviously, we are inside a paradigm where our civil liberties are being shredded and decimated all around us. And not a single genuine freedom fighter would ever envelope themselves in the totalitarian attack on activism and dissent. It is antithetical to give lip service to liberty when one’s actions are consistent with fascism.

And we cannot effectively fight for the animals or any other political cause when we are in restraints. To allow the erosion of a little liberty here and there in exchange for some relief when we’re being crushed inside the repression apparatus is not an option. This is the mentality of bigger-cage welfarists.

Once we’re restrained by they oppressors, we should be willing to die rather than negotiate with those who’s sole purpose is to divest us of our own liberty. We break our own bonds, or fight to our last dying breath trying. We tear down the animals cages and free them. Period. Or be willing to die before we negotiate with industrial abusers or their welfarist and collaborator colleagues for bigger cages.

We must recognize the police state and how it is converging upon us, stripping us of our constitutional liberties and criminalizing our speech; the state going so far as to order access to our phones and homes without search warrants or probable cause. If you’re an activist, they do this already anyway. And some of us will never yield to tyranny.

We’re inside a police state securing the nation from dissent.

And sentencing the animals to death right along with our ability to defend them.

JFK said that those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

The animals are waiting…