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lotu5 on Wed, 22 Feb 2006 14:03:34 +0100 (CET)

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The shac 7 case is very alarming. From what I've gathered, these people
are facing serious prison time for operating websites that promote
direct action against a corporation that does testing on animals. I
wonder when we'll be facing jail time for linking to "digitally
incorrect" websites, like sherman austin did.

"Specifically, these activists are alleged to have operated a website
that reported on and expressed ideological support for protest activity
against Huntingdon and its business affiliates. For this they are
charged with "terrorism" and face an aggregate of 23 years in Federal

The highlight of the week is when  the government called a 20 year old
activist from Ohio who was "caught" participating in an electronic civil
disobedience (ECD) (the act of visiting a website with special software
designed to overflow a server's bandwidth and effectively crash the
site) and who sent black faxes. Undoubtedly, the government expected him
to testify that SHAC USA and/or its website caused him to do these
things. Instead, he repeatedly said he learned about it from other
places, participated in the actions on his own freewill, and none of the
defendants had anything to do with his actions. When asked why he had
sent the black faxes, he said that he was angry after watching the
undercover footage at HLS where workers are hurting beagles."


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