If you haven’t heard of Will Potter, you should familiarise yourself with his work. He focuses on how eco-activists are are now considered the United States’ number-one domestic terrorism threat, and they are being prosecuted as criminals.
The Tories are trying to import such attitudes to this country, as we have seen all too clearly at Balcombe and Barton Moss.
How did environmental activism come to be treated as a terrorist crime?
I think the most important thing I found out in my research is that all of this was actually created by the industries that are being protested. In the mid-1980s, these corporations got together and created a new word called “eco-terrorist” — because at the time, these protest movements were growing very quickly and effectively, and they had widespread public support. There clearly was a concern that unless public opinion shifted, there’d be a really big problem on their hands.
So they made up this new word, and then started using public relations campaigns, lobbying, and held congressional hearings. Eventually, that language changed the popular discourse of how we talk about protest. And it was incredibly effective, to the point that now not only does the FBI label animal rights and environmentalists as the number-one domestic terrorism threat — even though they’ve never harmed a single human being — but we have new legislation that singles these protesters out for felonies and as terrorists for what are, in some cases, nonviolent protests.
Learn about his book “Grren is the new Red” here: