The Terrorization of Dissent: Corporate Repression, Legal Corruption, and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

The Terrorization of Dissent: Corporate Repression, Legal Corruption, and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act




In 2006 the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) was passed with the intention to equip law enforcement agencies with the tools to apprehend, prosecute, and convict individuals who commit "animal enterprise terror." But, as many have come to realize, this act does not concretely define what is meant by that phrase, leading to the interpretation that anyone interfering with a company's ability to make a profit from the exploitation of animals can be considered a terrorist. In this unprecedented and timely collection, some of the most influential voices in the world of law and animal rights examine the legalities of the AETA, highlight its repressive nature and the collusion between private interests and political legislation, and provide theoretical frameworks for understanding a variety of related issues. In a series of interviews, the book also gives animal advocates who have been convicted or directly affected by the AETA, including members of the AETA 4 and SHAC 7, an opportunity to speak for themselves. Ultimately, these writers show that the AETA is less about fighting terrorism and more about safeguarding corporate profit, and that it should be analyzed and resisted by everyone who believes in a better world. Featuring: Piers Beirne, Sarahjane Blum, Heidi Boghosian, Walter Bond, Joseph Buddenberg, Sarat Colling, Kimberly E. McCoy, Jason Del Gandio, Scott DeMuth, Carol L. Glasser, Jennifer D. Grubbs, Josh Harper, Stephanie Jenkins, Jay Johnson, Eric Jonas, Michael Loadenthal, Dara Lovitz, Lillian M. McCartin, Anthony J. Nocella II, David Naguib Pellow, Will Potter, Dylan Powell, Ryan Shapiro, Wesley Shirley, John Sorenson, Vasile Stanescu, Brad J. Thomson, and Aaron Zellhoefer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590564301
Publisher: Lantern Publishing & Media
Publication date: 06/01/2014
Pages: 325
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Anthony J. Nocella II is an internationally renowned author, professor, mediator, and community organizer.

Table of Contents

Foreword Piers Beirne xi

Preface Will Potter xv

Introduction: Situating the Repression and Corruption of the AETA Jason Del Gandio Anthony J. Nocella II xix

Part I Examining the Legalities of the AETA 1

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act: Protecting the Profits of Animal Enterprises at the Expense of the First Amendment Kim McCoy 3

Who is the Real "Terrorist"? Dara Lovitz 35

Kangaroo Court: Analyzing the 2006 "Hearing" on the AETA Vasile Stanescu 51

The Disconnect between Politics and Prosecution under the AETA Lillian M. McCarlin Brad J. Thomson 68

Part II Political Repression and Corporate Collusion 89

The "Green Scare" and "Eco-Terrorism:" The Development of U.S. "Counterterrorism" Strategy Targeting Direct Action Activists Michael Loadenthal 91

Terrorizing Dissent and the Conspiracy Against "Radical" Movements Scott DeMuth David Nagulb Pellow 120

Interest Group Politics, the AETA, and the Criminalization of Animal Rights Activism Wesley Shirley 139

Terrorism, Corporate Shadows, and the AETA: An Overview John Sorenson 161

Part III Theorizing the Aeta 175

A Green Criminologist Perspective on Eco-Terrorism Anthony J Nocella II 177

The Rhetoric of Terrorism Jason Del Gandio 203

Critiquing the AETA: A Foucauldian Reading Sarat Colling Eric Jonas Stephanie Jenkins 220

Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty: A Queer Critique of the AETA Jennifer D. Grubbs 236

Part IV Interviews and Personal Rejections 253

Interview with Joseph Buddenberg of the AETA 4 Dylan Powell 255

Interview with Scott DeMuth, Former AIT Political Prisoner Brad J. Thomson 263

Interview with Walter Bond, Current ALF Political Prisoner Carol L. Glasser 277

Interview with Josh Harper of the SHAC 7 Dylan Powell 287

A Personal Story and a Plea to Other Activists Aaron Zellhoefer 294

Blum v. Holder Sarahjane Blum Jay Johnson Ryan Shapiro 300

Afterword Heidi Boghosian 307

Acknowledgments 315

About the Contributors 317

About the Publisher 327

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