Animal Rights / Environment / Politics

Green is the new red: Will Potter on the problem of treating environmentalists like terrorists

On the industry-fabricated term “eco-terrorism”, ag gag laws, and spying and harshly prosecuting animal rights and environmental activists like the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance and Tim DeChristopher.

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When Chicago Tribune reporter Will Potter went to pass out animal rights leaflets, he had no idea the FBI would single him out and pressure him to become an anti-activism informant, threatening his future if he refused. Here, we talk to the TED Fellow and author of Green is the New Red about this experience, which sent him into a whole new area of research. The crux of what he found: environmental and animal-rights activists are now considered the United States’ number-one domestic terrorism threat, and they are being prosecuted as criminals.

Do you think of yourself as an activist?

I don’t consider myself an activist, but there’s certainly an advocacy component when I’m talking about civil rights issues. My background’s in newspaper and magazine reporting. For a long time I tried to pursue the traditional newsroom path, and I was on it for quite a while. Then, when I…

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