Saturday, January 21, 2006
"Today's indictment proves that we will not tolerate any group that terrorizes the American people, no matter its intentions or objectives," Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said at a news conference.
Talk about hoist on his own petard.
Eco-terrorism: Causing environmental destruction in order to harm or scare a civilian population.
Ecotage: Non-violent direct action, often involving property damage, directed at those harming the environment.
Gonzales, and the Washington Post, should learn the difference. (The Post put the term in quotes, which does make a difference.)
This is a semantic dispute - I'm not arguing morality; I'm saying it's important to use the right labels.
Joining Gonzales, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said: "Investigating and preventing animal rights ... is one of the FBI's highest domestic priorities." As an animal with rights, I think he has his priorities screwed up. Ok, I know that's not what he meant. It can be hard to speak for publication - what makes sense in context can look different in the paper.