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Inside the Animal Rights Organization the FBI Considers a Terrorist Group

Jason Leopold: ‘According to 44 pages of FBI documents obtained by FOIA request, the agency has designated the Animal Liberation Front, known as ALF, a 40-year-old animal rights organization, a terrorist organization. The FBI has been investigating the ALF for decades, so its special agents routinely generate new reports on the leaderless movement’s activism. In 2004, John E. Lewis, a deputy assistant director at the FBI, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and said that ALF, the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), and “related groups have committed more than 1,100 criminal acts in the United States since 1976, resulting in damages conservatively estimated at approximately $110 million”…

At the time, Lewis went on to say that ALF and ELF “have become the most active criminal extremist elements in the United States.” A year later, he appeared before another committee and said ALF and ELF are among “today’s most serious domestic terrorism threats.” That sort of rhetoric convinced Congress to support strict federal criminal statutes pertaining to domestic terrorism, so that ALF and ELF would be treated no differently from al Qaeda. SOURCE…

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