Why did the Fbis John Lewis State that the Animal Rights Movement was the Top Domestic Terrorism

FBI’s John Lewis has stated that the animal-rights movement is a top domestic terrorism threat, “The number one domestic terrorism threat is the eco-terrorism, animal-rights movement. These groups have a history of disregarding personal and civil rights of citizens in attempts to further their agenda.” However, this situation seems to go much deeper than this.

The FBI reports that inside information from reliable resources, extremist elements within the animal-rights movement are reporting false sightings of large cats—such as leopards, tigers and lions. Marcus Cook, director of the Feline Conservation Federation, advises society not to allow extreme fanatics and those with a left-wing animal rights agenda control the United States through fear. Individuals who are part of the “false sighting agenda” are supposed to enlist friends and family to file false reports to add more credibility with numerous eyewitnesses. They are also supposed to call in the false sightings when law enforcement staffing is beneath levels—specifically on Sundays or holidays.

This sort of thing is being fought by the ACLU, who reported that the FBI has expanded its definition of “domestic terrorism” to include any citizen or group that participates in lawful protests or civil disobedience, indicating FBI scrutiny of anti-war gatherings. Documents from the FBI have been sent to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Greenpeace and 100 pages on People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) when the ACLU filed Freedom of Information Act requests. When they did so, they found that the FBI’s partnerships with local enforcement of Joint Terrorism Task Forces had resulted in increased surveillance of political and religious activity.

One document, “Domestic Terrorism Operations Unit,” suggested that the FBI is using PETA’s interns for surveillance and contacting former disgruntled PETA employees. Greenpeace was documented as having a source who “offers a unique opportunity to gain intelligence on activists who show a clear predisposition to violate the law.” PETA, Greenpeace and other organizations are being associated with the Earth Liberation Front or Animal Liberation Front.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General has reported that the FBI’s six-year investigation into PETA, Greenpeace USA and anti-war organizations was improper. Reviews of the investigation against the FBI’s Investigations of Certain Domestic Advocacy Groups and in the New York Times showed that the FBI had classified many activist members as belonging to the Violent Gang and Terrorist Organization File watch list, with the FBI targeting them on the basis of their First Amendment activities.