I did not hear about these people until i read a recent article on US domestic terrorism.
Domestic Terrorism...describing people who advocate less wastage, the right to not go hungry, and social advancement. At that point i simply threw up my hands in the air at the sheer ridiculousness of it all and sighed long and hard. It was one of those: "humanity i am disappoint" moments for me.
I cannot believe this, its sickening to me, that people are arrested, and resources spent on said arrests and unjust detainment and harassment. If you tell me that these people actually were domestically violent like PETA, i would have understood. These guys hand out fruit salad.
And the FBI and other police agencies actually infiltrated their offices and gatherings, actively encouraging violence from within to give them an excuse at arrest. I find this statement particularly horrifying, which i took from their main website and have double checked with official news sources online:
"In what appears to be the first use of criminal charges under the 2002 Minnesota version of the Federal Patriot Act, Ramsey County Prosecutors have formally charged 8 alleged leaders of the RNC Welcoming Committee and Food Not Bombs with Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism. Monica Bicking, Eryn Trimmer, Luce Guillen Givins, Erik Oseland, Nathanael Secor, Robert Czernik, Garrett Fitzgerald, and Max Spector, face up to 7 1/2 years in prison under the terrorism enhancement charge which allows for a 50% increase in the maximum penalty."
IN FURTHERANCE OF TERRORISM. REALLY??http://www.prisonplanet.com/ramsey-county-charges-nonviolent-food-not-bombs-volunteers-under-minnesota-version-of-usapatriot-act-alleges-acts-of-terrorism.html
My heart goes out to these people, and im not even american.
Im scratching my head over why there is such a backlash. Is it because America does not want its social structures to look deeper at itself, realize that less wastage and a more peaceful, socially advancing mindset is possible. Is the military worried that a less emphasis on playing the "Big brother" to the world, and a more socially consciouss and peaceful citizenry would mean the start of the end of their power? Is it the american political climate post 9/11, where any sort of notion that war and military might should not be the focus in this age, be considered acts of potential "terrorism"?
Or i may be talking out of my ass till now, and an actual american may inform me of my ignorance. I do hope so.