(No, that’s not Breenie holding a copy of Green is the New Red, but she’d read it if I didn’t have to return it to the library toot sweet. Read it and become my leading legal advocate should I ever be arrested for leafleting. I chose the cake book photo because I want some cake and it’s a vegan cake made by Sticky Fingers Bakery here in DC for Will Potter’s book release party.) What follows is my short review of this extraordinary book. Short because I would quote the entire contents otherwise, that’s how important this book is to me:
I highly recommend this book to everyone, whether you’re an environmental and animal activist or not. Will Potter’s exhaustive but very readable account of the ethically-challenged to downright illegal actions the US government and agencies like the FBI have taken to cast these activists as the #1 domestic terrorist threat in the country should open eyes to corporate and industry power to enact ridiculous anti-terrorism legislation and redefine the First Amendment to suit their agenda.
“They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t
speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak
up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time there was no
one left to speak up.”
–Pastor Martin Niemoller
“We have sacrificed too much in the name of fighting terrorism, and the enemy keeps growing, Since September 11th, the word has been stretched and pulled and hemmed and cuffed and torn and mended to fit a growing body of political whims. Ultimately, our response must ultimately be about the limits of the government’s political tailoring. It is about reaching the point at which we have outgrown the rhetoric, and we decide to stop wearing the past.” (p. 250)