The left is in an uproar over the FBI placing environmentalists, and left-wing activists as top terrorist suspects on its most wanted list. Journalist Will Potter told RT that right-wing groups like militias, sovereign citizens, and anti-abortion groups are the ones that belong on the list.
Potter, an investigative journalist and author of “Green is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege,” recently wrote a post on his website that questions the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s terrorism priorities.
“Over and over again, we’re seeing this overreaching of FBI responsibilities, and going after protest groups and politicizing their duties,” he told RT in an interview. “It’s time for all of us to examine how those powers are being used, and I think it’s time for a congressional inquiry as well.”
Potter pointed to recent revelations exposing the FBI’s unlawful surveillance and intelligence gathering aimed at “extremist” environmental activists opposed to the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which was called “vital to the security and economy of the United States” in FBI documents.
“I think the most important takeaway (of the FBI’s domestic terror list) is not the individual crimes or what these people are accused of, but the bigger priorities that the FBI is putting forward,” he said.
“The purpose of this list is to put a giant spotlight on what the FBI wants to focus its resources on. And when the FBI is focusing resources on environmentalists, or people who are accused of destroying property, or political activists from the ’70s, that means they’re not focusing resources on today’s criminals and actual right-wing groups that have murdered people and sent anthrax, (and) murdered abortion doctors. That should really give everybody pause of how our taxpayer money is being spent.”
The targeting of environmental activists is no accident, Potter explained. It’s part of the FBI’s current mission and not an aberration, especially in an era of federal legislation, such as the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a sweeping law that labels and punishes as “eco-terrorism” numerous political activities or civil disobedience conducted in the name of animal rights. The law covers action that “damages or causes the loss of any real or personal property” or “places a person in reasonable fear” of injury.
“It may seem like isolated incidents where you have these environmentalists on a most-wanted list, or the FBI is talking about animal-rights activists, but these are really systemic problems.”
Potter believes that people like right-wing militia members who have perpetrated violence on people should be on the list as opposed to left-wing environmental or animal-rights activists, who have been included based on property crimes that have not harmed a human being.
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