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Six Animal Rights Advocates Are Convicted of Terrorism
NY Times ^ | March 3, 2006 | DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI

Posted on 03/03/2006 5:02:51 PM PST by neverdem

An animal rights group and six of its members were convicted of terrorism and Internet stalking yesterday by a federal jury that found them guilty of using their Web site to incite attacks on those who did business with or worked for a British company that runs an animal testing laboratory in New Jersey.

The case was the first test of the Animal Enterprise Terror Act, enacted in 1992 to curb the most aggressive tactics used by activists. The verdict, which came after 14 hours of deliberation, was called an insidious threat to free speech by some activists, but was cheered by research scientists, some of whom are lobbying Congress to tighten restrictions on protesters.

During the three-week trial, defense lawyers acknowledged that a Web site run by Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty posted home addresses and other personal information about animal researchers and others. But the activists said they were simply trying to shame their targets into dissociating themselves from the company, Huntingdon Life Sciences, and they disavowed any involvement with the vandalism, death threats, computer hacking and pipe bombs against those on the Web site.

Although federal prosecutors presented no evidence that the defendants directly participated in the vandalism and violence, they showed jurors that members of the group made speeches and Web postings from 2000 to 2004 that celebrated the violence and repeatedly used the word "we" to claim credit for it.

Prosecutors also produced telephone records indicating that the president of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, Kevin Kjonaas, called a man charged with bombing a California biotech lab shortly after the explosion.

Jurors were also shown a videotape of the group's director, Lauren Gazzola, at a protest in Boston, making reference to the previous acts of violence and warning a target, "The police can't protect you!"

The defendants...

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: New Jersey; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 1992; aeta; animalenterprise; animalwhackos; computerhacking; crueltytoanimals; deaththreats; domesticterrorism; gazzola; kevinkjonaas; kjonaas; laurengazzola; pipebombs; shac; vandalism

1 posted on 03/03/2006 5:02:54 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Now that is Good News!!!


2 posted on 03/03/2006 5:08:21 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: neverdem
Animal rights wackos taking it up the chin. Its about time.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

3 posted on 03/03/2006 5:11:21 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: neverdem
HA HA!


4 posted on 03/03/2006 5:11:22 PM PST by Salamander (Cursed With Second Sight)
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To: neverdem

---"The police can't protect you!"---

Let them remember that when they're in prison.


5 posted on 03/03/2006 5:17:30 PM PST by claudiustg (Delenda est Iran!)
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To: neverdem; derllak

Not far enough. As Terrorists they should be shipped to GITMO and put on trial by a Military Tribunal.

Like ALL Terrorists are.


6 posted on 03/03/2006 5:22:55 PM PST by Leatherneck_MT (An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.)
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To: Leatherneck_MT

I'd be surprised if these animal whackos got even half the sentence that the congressman got.


7 posted on 03/03/2006 5:24:25 PM PST by hunter112 (Total victory at home and in the Middle East!)
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To: neverdem
Its about time we drew a line between bleeding hearts and criminal nut cases who think animals are equal to man.
In fact these nut jobs think animals are more noble than man.

Tree hugging earth goddess worshiping criminals
8 posted on 03/03/2006 5:30:31 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: neverdem

I am somewhat familiar with SHAC, for reasons that I can't elaborate on. I'll just say that they are terrorists, it the truest sense of the word. For them, the end, justifies any means they use, including murder.


9 posted on 03/03/2006 5:35:26 PM PST by kylaka
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To: kylaka

Amen. I've followed these groups (ALF and ELF) professionally for a long time, and they are truly dangerous. They have the same potential for violence as Al Qa'ida.


10 posted on 03/03/2006 5:46:45 PM PST by TheBlueMax ("Men of intemperate mind never can be free; their passions forge their fetters")
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To: neverdem
Worthless garbage. A stronger castle doctrine would help to take care of the worst ones in the way they deserve.

Hope these purdy moufs enjoy jail. The way most smelly hippies are, they'll be wife swapped a few hundred times for cigarettes until they are loosened up a bit and permanantly made Bubba's (all 7 feet, 600 lbs of him) bitch.

11 posted on 03/03/2006 5:50:27 PM PST by M203M4
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To: SandRat

Sure is!


12 posted on 03/03/2006 5:59:49 PM PST by DoughtyOne (If you don't want to be lumped in with those who commit violence in your name, take steps to end it.)
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To: mylife

the animals are probably smarter than those weirdos


13 posted on 03/03/2006 6:11:06 PM PST by buckeye49
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To: buckeye49

Oh No.... Moral relativists are the smartest critters on the planet /sarc


14 posted on 03/03/2006 6:12:48 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: mylife

wonder if those bozos thought about hurting te critters in the building they blew up?


15 posted on 03/03/2006 6:20:23 PM PST by buckeye49
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To: buckeye49

They dont think
They feel


16 posted on 03/03/2006 6:21:33 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: mylife

the 60's is over,right?


17 posted on 03/03/2006 6:23:37 PM PST by buckeye49
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To: Calpernia
"Anyone who writes anything on an e-mail or on a Web site is being treated like we're in a fascist state," said Ms. Ferdin, a former child star who played Felix Unger's daughter on "The Odd Couple" and was the voice of Lucy in the "Peanuts" cartoons.

I hope the judge throws the book at them at sentencing. Ping!

18 posted on 03/03/2006 7:12:15 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Casey Sheehan, thank you for your service. I'm proud of you. Even if your own mother isn't.)
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To: prairiebreeze

Charlie Brown is perfect :)

bttt


19 posted on 03/03/2006 7:35:32 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: neverdem

Send 'em all to Gitmo with the other terrorists.


20 posted on 03/03/2006 7:36:43 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: neverdem

>>>but was cheered by research scientists, some of whom are lobbying Congress to tighten restrictions on protesters.

Oh and the left never lobbies!

They lobby to the point of terrorism!


21 posted on 03/03/2006 7:37:29 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Salamander
Darn you! I was drinking coffee when I scrolled down!


22 posted on 03/03/2006 7:39:36 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: kylaka

bttt!


23 posted on 03/03/2006 7:40:50 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: buckeye49

Amen!


24 posted on 03/03/2006 7:41:56 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia; Alberta's Child; Pharmboy; Malsua

Bump & a ping


25 posted on 03/03/2006 8:08:37 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem

26 posted on 03/03/2006 8:12:17 PM PST by Lady Jag ( All I want is a kind word, a warm bed, and world domination)
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To: neverdem

Yeah, I admit, I drink too much coffee :)

I have a cup of hazel nut ;)


27 posted on 03/03/2006 8:12:55 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Lady Jag

THAT is great Lady Jag!


28 posted on 03/03/2006 8:14:33 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: neverdem
During the three-week trial, defense lawyers acknowledged that a Web site run by Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty posted home addresses and other personal information about animal researchers and others. But the activists said they were simply trying to shame their targets into dissociating themselves from the company, Huntingdon Life Sciences, and they disavowed any involvement with the vandalism, death threats, computer hacking and pipe bombs against those on the Web site.




Just ask the hypocrites if they are for abortion???
Hmmm!!!
29 posted on 03/03/2006 8:18:11 PM PST by danamco
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To: neverdem



There are way too many loons in this country.


30 posted on 03/03/2006 8:34:14 PM PST by Malsua
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To: danamco

They were posting contact info for people that hunt too.


31 posted on 03/03/2006 8:34:46 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: wardaddy; Joe Brower; Cannoneer No. 4; Criminal Number 18F; Dan from Michigan; Eaker; King Prout; ..
Senate Approves Patriot Act Renewal That link doesn't mention searching business records. I believe one of the pubbie holdouts, Senator Larry Craig, a board member of the NRA, was concerned about a future FBI going on a warrantless fishing expedition for form 4473. That wasn't mentioned in the Patriot Act link. According to Bloomberg.com, Provisions allowing roving wiretaps, eavesdropping on ``lone-wolf'' terrorists and FBI demands for business records will expire in four years unless they are renewed again by Congress.

Clinton Challenger Pulled From Reagan-Era Hat

From time to time, I’ll ping on noteworthy articles about politics, foreign and military affairs. FReepmail me if you want on or off my list.

32 posted on 03/03/2006 8:45:00 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem

Glad to see this!


33 posted on 03/03/2006 8:48:15 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: neverdem

It's one thing to protest. It's another thing to threaten others with bodily harm. These dopes are so far gone, they obviously don't know the difference. About time they are held accountable.


34 posted on 03/03/2006 8:50:44 PM PST by pray4liberty (Five, Going on Six, Years of Freeping!)
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To: neverdem

Bout Time......anarchist and terrorists and criminals hiding behind the cloak of activism want a PC pass for their actions that more times than not threatens or takes human life.


35 posted on 03/03/2006 8:51:21 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: Squantos
It's time to start taking the fight to these miscreants. Find out who they are and start picketing their homes and places of business. That is if they have places of business.

Let their families and coworkers know they are engaging in acts of domestic terrorism.

Of course with these 6 that won't be necessary as they're going to be goods traded for cigarettes in the joint. These punks are about to find out what 'hard time' really means.

I'm thrilled about it.

L

36 posted on 03/03/2006 8:55:04 PM PST by Lurker (Cuz I got one hand in my pocket and the other one is flipping off a liberal.)
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To: claudiustg

What they better remember is that for a bunch of us, the Police are not the first, second, or even third line of defense. Such individuals better have a healthy respect for, concern about being protected from me and my firearms if they come at or after me or mine.


37 posted on 03/03/2006 9:01:10 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Calpernia

......;]

38 posted on 03/03/2006 9:20:32 PM PST by Salamander (Cursed With Second Sight)
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To: Salamander
Even better
39 posted on 03/03/2006 9:29:38 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: neverdem
Did animal activists cross the line?

40 posted on 03/03/2006 9:45:48 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: Coleus

Thanks for the link.


41 posted on 03/03/2006 10:06:28 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


42 posted on 03/03/2006 10:36:43 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: neverdem

Great news. Thanks for the ping.


43 posted on 03/04/2006 5:08:14 AM PST by PGalt
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To: mylife
Tree hugging earth goddess worshiping criminals

Er, have a care there. Soome of us criminals are sensitive and don't want to be associated with these patchouli-scented vicious hippies.

the president of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, Kevin Kjonaas, called a man charged with bombing a California biotech lab shortly after the explosion.

Sheer coincidence your honor. The man was my client's mother. Er... wait... well, yeah, it was California.

The defendants showed little emotion as the jury foreman announced that they had been found guilty on all counts, but after jurors left the room, Ms. Gazzola wept and Mr. Kjonaas turned to the 20 supporters in the courtroom and offered a wan smile and a shrug.

"Well since my sanity left me,
I found a new place to dwell.
All alone in rooms of stone
In Crowbar Motel...
(with apologies to Elvis)

They also note that Kjonaas's replacement as president of this lashup used to be the voice of "Lucy" on the Peanuts TV specials. Ah, yes, those Hollywood values again.

For the Times it's really a bad story. They don't even give the names of the other defendants! They do say they're probably going to get a seven year time-out, though.

I'm sure the animals are grateful for that -- not to mention all the humans whose lives and health depend upon animal research. Which would be all of us.

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F

44 posted on 03/04/2006 12:12:50 PM PST by Criminal Number 18F
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To: Criminal Number 18F
I'll never understand the folks that think the "mud bellied wallamalloo's" habitat is more important than the habitat of Mr and Mrs Jones

These raving nuts place animal above human.

and would kill fellow men to make it so

45 posted on 03/04/2006 12:21:39 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: prairiebreeze

Apparently the Ferdin person was not a defendant, but a defense witness. Her testimony backfired when she wouldn't say it was wrong to break people's windows out or threaten the lives of their children.

One of the most bizarre things is that the child that these goons thought needed killing had no direct connection to the researchers. The MOTHER of the five year old worked for the INSURANCE UNDERWRITER that wrote coverage on the laboratory. Walk THAT cat back and tell me it makes any sense.

Now, the whole Pam Ferdin thing... she has a website, and on it she says that she and her husband will not bring children into the world, as long as animals suffer. Let us swear to torture an adorable bunny a week until she hits menopause (which has to be right around the corner, fortunately for the bunnies), just to make her keep that vow.

http://www.pamferdin.com/

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F


46 posted on 03/04/2006 12:32:06 PM PST by Criminal Number 18F
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To: Criminal Number 18F

Correction, that website is a fan website (who knew, the Voice of Lucy has fans?) and the official website is here.

http://www.pamelynferdin.com/home.html

I has no comment on the convictions, but does link to the terrorist group, SHAC. Go to the website and you will get a heart-warming message from the terrorists themselves:

http://www.shacamerica.net/

"We apologize, but this site has been shut down for legal reasons."

This page is entitled: "Inside the mimd of Pamelyn Ferdin," and contains a couple of fairly innocuous (ghost-written?) animal rights rants.

http://www.pamelynferdin.com/essays/essays_body.html

Other animal rights loonies (terrorist sympathizers; maybe potential terrorists?) she links to are:

http://www.StopTheKilling.net
http://www.adoptmenow.com
http://www.veganoutreach.org
http://www.pcrm.org
http://www.animaldefense.com

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F


47 posted on 03/04/2006 1:55:33 PM PST by Criminal Number 18F
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To: neverdem
Send them to live with the Bears in Alaska!

Kind of like "Grizzly Man", now known as "Grizzly pile". If the Bear could talk, they would say; "Send more animal rights activists! They taste like Chicken!"

48 posted on 03/04/2006 2:04:01 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (Pat Buchanan............A principled pessimist with a pessimistic principal)
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To: neverdem; girlangler; billhilly; Dr.Zoidberg

ping


49 posted on 03/04/2006 3:31:44 PM PST by proud_yank (Liberalism - The 'Culture of Ignorance'.)
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