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May 19, 2005

Here It Comes

-- by Dave Johnson

FBI says eco-terror in U.S. is top threat,

Environmental and animal-rights activists who have turned to arson and explosives are the nation's top domestic terrorism threat, an FBI official told a Senate committee on Wednesday.
Not the Oklahoma City bombers, white supremecists, murderers of abortion doctors and bombers of clinics, KKK violence against blacks and Jews. Nope, the top domestic terror threat is environmentalists.

Also in the news today, Plan Would Broaden F.B.I.'s Terror Role,

The Bush administration and Senate Republican leaders are pushing a plan that would significantly expand the F.B.I.'s power to demand business records in terror investigations without obtaining approval from a judge, officials said on Wednesday.

[. . .] The proposal, part of a broader plan to extend antiterrorism powers under the law known as the USA Patriot Act, was concluded in recent days by Republican leaders on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in consultation with the Bush administration, Congressional officials said.

Inch by inch, accelerating.

Posted by Dave Johnson at May 19, 2005 8:12 AM

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I said a long time ago that we must have a firm definition of what the word "terrorist" means or anyone the government doesn't like would be considered a "terrorist." This was obvious during the Republican Convention, when protesters, plus anyone else swept up with the crowd, were all treated like "terrorists" and even our mayor, now running for re-election, even called them terrorists.

Posted by: MJ at May 19, 2005 10:08 AM

One of the reasons I quit blogging was that so many of the major Dem bloggers (Drum, Yglesias, Crooked Timber, and more) didn't seem to have the slightest awareness of what was on the way. They're still talking about 2004 election strategy, etc. No preparation for the onslaught.

I do have plans to get involved in politics at a more productive local level, though I'm just as pessimistic as ever.

Posted by: John Emerson at May 19, 2005 6:06 PM

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