"Though it received scant attention at the time, with a grand total of one Congressperson opposing and one witness testifying against it, condemnation of the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) has steadily increased since the law was enacted in 2006. Together with state-level efforts to enact so-called "ag-gag" legislation, which punishes undercover investigations and whistleblowing in animal agricultural facilities, and the extension of terrorism charges and rhetoric to cover acts as whimsical as (unintentionally) sprinkling glitter inside an office building, there is a growing sense that these laws are not about animal rights, nor are they limited to animal rights activists - rather, they affect everyone's civil liberties. Now, though, a new indictment has brought "animal enterprise terrorism" back to its roots. It is an opportunity to reflect on what the AETA shows us about ourselves and our world. ..."
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