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The vegan threat to homeland security

“We believe that spying on American citizens for no good reason is fundamentally un-American, that it’s not the place of the goverment or the best use of resources to spy on its own citizens and we want it to stop. We want the spies in our government to pack their bags, close up their notebooks, take their cameras home and not engage in the spying anymore.”

— Gerald Weber of the ACLU of Georgia during a news conference

I’m not kidding. The ACLU of Georgia has released photos and documentation that vegan groups are being monitored as potential threats by the FBI and the DeKalb County Division of Homeland Security. This would almost be amusing if we knew that we were actually any safer, you know, if we actually had the real terrorists in the bag. Even then, there’s little humor in the fact that this Administration has given us countless examples of bullsh*t like this that show its complete disregard and respect for our Constitutional rights.

What it’s come down to is that government stooges are performing Homeland Security surveillance at f*cking HoneyBaked Ham store protests.

As one of the ACLU attorneys noted in this story, we haven’t seen any news about the government mounting surveillance campaigns on attendees at pro-war rallies. Your tax dollars at work, your rights slipping away. (WXIA)

For example, more than two dozen government surveillance photographs show 22-year-old Caitlin Childs of Atlanta, a strict vegetarian, and other vegans picketing against meat eating, in December 2003. They staged their protest outside a HoneyBaked Ham store on Buford Highway in DeKalb County.


Government photos of Caitlin Childs, terrorizing one ham at a time.

An undercover DeKalb County Homeland Security detective was assigned to conduct surveillance of the protest and the protestors, and take the photographs.

As if this BS wasn’t bad enough, the surveillance goon didn’t know his ass from his elbow. Goodness knows if he had to go up against an actual terrorists.

The detective arrested Childs and another protester after he saw Childs approach him and write down, on a piece of paper, the license plate number of his unmarked government car. “They told me if I didn’t give over the piece of paper I would go to jail and I refused and I went to jail, and the piece of paper was taken away from me at the jail and the officer who transferred me said that was why I was arrested,” Childs said on Wednesday.

…As for Caitlin Childs’ protest against meat eating, the files obtained by the ACLU include the DeKalb County Homeland Security report on the surveillance of Childs and the others. The detective wrote that he ordered Childs to give him the piece of paper on which she had written his license tag number, telling her that he did not want her or anyone else to have the tag number of his undercover vehicle.

The detective did not comment in his report about why his license tag number was already visible to the public.

Hat tip, Raw Story

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