As reported on Democracy Now! ---
1. The FBI has deemed Ryan Shapiro's PhD Dissertation on Animal Rights to be a threat to national security. Ryan, an Animal Rights activist, is a PhD candidate at M.I.T. He also has submitted more Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the Feds than any other American. Perhaps the tagging of his Dissertation was Gov't payback for all those FOIA requests...who knows.
2. In 2006, Dubya Bush signed into law the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). As a result, animal rights activists who go undercover into Big Ag factory farms and film deplorable conditions and gross mistreatment of livestock may be charged with terrorism. Nonviolent, peaceful activists who stage sit-ins or lie-downs at such factory farms are not just practicing civil disobedience protests anymore; they may be charged with terrorism as well.
3. The Feds have tagged the underground Animal Rights activists (not the out-in-the-open protesters) and the underground environmental protesters as the number one domestic terrorist threat. So, if you break into, say, a fur farm at night and release all the critters, you're part of the number one terrorist threat in America. Really? Imagine if you stole an apple in the process. Admittedly, a few of these eco-activists and animal rights activists who are clandestine have burned structures to the ground or otherwise damaged the property of Big Business in the past...but, the number one domestic terrorist threat? I don't think so. As far as I know, not one person has been injured as a result of their illegal actions.
4. In the course of monitoring the peaceful "Occupy Houston" protest not too long ago, the FBI discovered a sniper plot against the leaders of that rally. The FBI kept that fact from everyone.
5. In a memo and a scenario similar to a portion of the old COINTELPRO, the FBI describes how peaceful Animal Rights activists can be neutralized by spreading false rumors that certain ones of them are FBI undercover agents. More lies from the Fed Gov't.
6. Ryan Shapiro (see number 1. above) is suing the NSA, FBI, and DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) for their refusal to disclose the USA role in the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela. Shapiro also wants to know why the Gov't kept Mandela on the Terrorist Watch List until 2008... which is another indication of how the management of all this unwieldly "terrorism" info is really beyond the capability of the sprawling Fed Gov't. The right hand often doesn't know what the left hand is doing. I think there's a misconception amongst the public that the central government is one big monolith. In reality, it's thousands of semi-autonomous institutions which often are competing for turf and funding. The result is what you see today...some of it good, much of it miserably bad.
Partly just my opinion. Be Well