Green Is the New Red: An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege

  • Title: Green Is the New Red: An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege
  • Author: Will Potter
  • ISBN: 9780872865389
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • Green Is the New Red An Insider s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege At a time when everyone is going green most people are unaware that the FBI is using anti terrorism resources to target environmentalists and animal rights activists The courts are being used to push
    At a time when everyone is going green, most people are unaware that the FBI is using anti terrorism resources to target environmentalists and animal rights activists The courts are being used to push conventional boundaries of what constitutes terrorism and to hit nonviolent activists with disproportionate sentences Some have faced terrorism charges for simply chalkinAt a time when everyone is going green, most people are unaware that the FBI is using anti terrorism resources to target environmentalists and animal rights activists The courts are being used to push conventional boundaries of what constitutes terrorism and to hit nonviolent activists with disproportionate sentences Some have faced terrorism charges for simply chalking slogans on the sidewalk.Like the Red Scare, this Green Scare is about fear and intimidation, using a word eco terrorist to push a political agenda, instill fear and silence dissent The animal rights and environmental movements directly threaten corporate profits every time activists encourage people to go vegan, to stop driving, to consume fewer resources and live simply Their boycotts are damaging, and corporations and the politicians who represent them know it In many ways, the Green Scare, like the Red Scare, can be seen as a culture war, a war of values.Will Potter outlines the political, legal, extra legal, and public relations strategies that are being used to threaten even acts of nonviolent civil disobedience with the label of terrorism Here is a guided tour into the world of radical activism that introduces the real people behind the headlines and tells the story of how everyday people are being prevented from speaking up for what they believe in Will Potter unveils this complex movement with its virtues and its flaws, the courage of a few and the false bravado of others I see this book as the definitive overview of the genesis of what is emerging as the most important social movement in human history the war to save ourselves from ourselves Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society If we are to survive capitalism s death grip on our discourse and on our lives, it will be in great measure due to the work of people like Will Potter His courage and integrity, which set him apart from most journalists, are evident throughout this important book, and throughout all of his other crucial work Thank you, Will Potter Derrick Jensen, author of Endgame Part history, part action thriller and courtroom drama, part memoir, Green is the New Red plunges us into the wild, unruly, and entirely inspirational world of extreme environmental activism Will Potter, participant observer and partisan reporter, is the perfect guide, unpacking with wit and skill the most elusive concepts Bill AyersPotter a contributor to The Next Eco Warriors warns that the U.S government is using post 9 11 anti terrorism resources to target environmentalists and animal right activists in some cases for doing nothing but speaking up Potter warns of the crumbling of the legal wall separating terrorist from dissident or undesirable, and concludes his account with a call to action and a decry of the injustice that results in the terrorist label being put on those who threaten American corporate interests Alarming Publishers Weekly In this hard hitting debut, journalist Potter likens the Justice Department targeting of environmentalists today to McCarthyism in the 1950s A shocking expos of judicial overreach Kirkus Reviews Starred review Will Potter is an award winning reporter who has written for publications including the Chicago Tribune, the Dallas Morning News and Legal Affairs, and has testified before the U.S Congress about his reporting He is the creator of www dot GreenIsTheNewRed dot com, where he blogs about the Green Scare.

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    About Will Potter


    1. Will Potter is an award winning investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C He specializes in the animal rights and environmental movements, and civil liberties post 9 11 His work has been featured in the world s top media outlets, including the Washington Post, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone He has testified before the U.S Congress as the only witness opposing the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, and his book, Green Is The New Red, was awarded a Kirkus Star for remarkable merit This year he was selected as a TED Senior Fellow, and also awarded a prestigious Knight Wallace Fellowship in investigative reporting.


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    1. "At times, the reader might mistake this work of nonfiction for a gripping crime novel, only to remember that everything in here is shockingly true. It is in this way that Potter effectively drives his points home and proves his overarching thesis, that the Justice Department’s targeting of environmentalists is near identical to 1950s McCarthyism." --Indie Street"While the link between separating recyclables and hijacking planes is far from obvious, the labeling of 'eco-terrorism' has been app [...]

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    2. This book makes me wish I had finished my history PhD. Then at least I could make it required reading for a few college students. It should be required for them all. It gives context to our murky times, where taking moral stands is getting confused with terroristic activity, without oversimplifying what are deeply contested understandings of the path to a better tomorrow. Green is the New Red is an essential text for anyone who believes in free speech, or is interested in the future of American [...]

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    3. Will Potter's "Green is the New Red" is an excellent reportage of how our government continues to tread on our individual liberties, especially if you happen to have pro-environmentalist leanings, and even more specifically if you are an activist for animal rights. Potter admits early on that while he attempts to be objective, this is difficult for him as someone who considers himself an environmentalist and for an incident in which he was involved that was the impetus for the research for this [...]

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    4. Essential information within an always gripping, sometimes humorous, and at times heart-breaking narrative. Will Potter begins this book by sharing his own experiences with the blood-chilling fear induced by a visit by FBI agents wielding the word "terrorist" after he had been arrested for leafleting in a wealthy neighborhood. He then recounts the investigative journey into "terrorism" that fear prompted him to undertake. Along the way we meet smug judges, altruistic anarchists, power-crazed pro [...]

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    5. I hope that this book will be very widely read. Like the revelations of the government's illegal spying, harassment, and bogus convictions that hearings on COINTELPRO brought to light (see Agents of Repression), Potter's research into efforts by industry and government to repress radical environmentalism brings together some poorly understood political issues. Most important of them all, is the fact that activists using traditionally legal tactics have now been convicted on terrorism charges.I w [...]

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    6. just about to finish reading for the second timeis book is an excellent expose on the use of fear tactics by the federal government in the wake of 9/11. not just in the area of political dissent, but economic, as wellving from history to current events to psychological thriler, Will Potter weaves an engaging story of the dissolution of legitimate freedom of expression by the powers that be, all to prop up a decaying economic/political system. the lesson here is that no one who believes this coun [...]

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    7. It's a little embarrassing to admit it took me this long to finally read Green is the New Red, but it didn't disappoint! I can't really recommend this book enough, even if you think you're pretty familiar with the arguments it is going to make. It's just a really thorough, brilliant, and enjoyable read. (PS: Please double the fervor of this if you're a law student who does civil liberties stuff but isn't familiar with the repression directed at environmental or animal rights movements.)

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    8. [I won a free copy of this book]First off, hoorah for this book and Will Potter's reporting. This is a critical living history, a first attempt to pull the last decade of eco and animal rights action and repression into one cohesive analysis. Read it for the narrative. Read it for the names and the individual stories, the Green Scare and particularly the Operation Backfire and SHAC7 defendants; for the explanation of US policy and lobbying record; for the breakdown of legal jargon; for the synth [...]

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    9. The "terrorism enchancement" is what it's called, post-9/11: the weighing of crimes with additional consequence, to increase sentencing.In a manner that should surprise no-one, Christian fundamentalists, murderers of abortion doctors, and other racist-and-other-sorts who've shouted at every available opportunity of their intent to harm others have somehow miraculously eluded this classification, while so-designated "eco-terrorists" have fallen under this rubric, since their intent to damage prop [...]

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    10. A good book. I think the value of this book was its humanization and personalization of a step-by-step account (almost like a journal) of the arrest, repression, trial, and imprisonment of some of the higher profile animal rights and environment activists in recent years in the United States. The reader will get to know the people, as people, who could not just sit and watch as enormous injustices and devastation was constantly happening by corporations and the government. They were compelled to [...]

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    11. "Although there have been times when activists themselves have made this Green Scare easier, they have not created it: it exists not because of the nature of their words or their actions, but because these movements have grown increasingly effective and accepted. The only way to explain the conflation of mainstream and radical groups as terrorists is to assume that all of it - from ballot initiatives to sabotage - poses a threat."This paragraph, taken from the last chapater of the book, sums up [...]

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    12. Traces the history of environmental activism and the ways in which activists have been targeted by the FBI in ways similar to COINTELPRO in the 1960s. Potter details the amount of resources devoted to fighting animal activists and the Earth Liberation Front as the number-one domestic terrorism threat - pure insanity. And don't we all love it when undercover FBI agents infiltrate vegan potlucks and try to incite some violence? This book makes me so upset.

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    13. A highly insightful and interesting account of the Animal Rights/Environmental Activists Movement under siege in America by a journalist who was part of it. Highly recommended read. You will not be disappointed by the story. For those who know philosophy, Plato's allegory of the cave is mentioned in the book.

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    14. I thought this book was so amazing, not just well written but the story itself. I didn't want to put the book down. I was glad to have been able to hear Will Potter speak when he came to Harvard University. I remember parts of this story but didn't really get the scoop of what happened until a friend told me. I was outraged. I just couldn't believe what had happened. After AETA (Animal Enterprise Terrorist Act) passed people didn't realize what that meant & how it was going to effect them. A [...]

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    15. I've been remiss. I finished this book just before I left for Peru and despite managing to write a review I never posted it. In the interest of full disclosure I received this book from the Good Reads' giveaway program. Regardless, it has landed on my essential reading shelf for a number of reasons.Maybe you were in a neighborhood where Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) put up posters. Even now, I remember them vividly - charges that they killed puppies. As a jaded teenager, I never paid muc [...]

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    16. This is terrifying. Will Potter does an excellent job tracing historical protests, new laws, and legal precedent to explain how environmental activism has become labeled under 'terrorist' activities. Interviewing key activists who were prosecuted as 'eco-terrorists,' the story is meant to incite people into action--as it should. I do find the description of the activities that were prosecuted a bit skewed: Potter appears to be trying to attempt an almost neutral presentation. Sometimes no added [...]

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    17. 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 [...]

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    18. Harrison JonesWaldorf 2ELA 1120 October 2015Green Is The New Red Quote Sandwich Review In Green Is The New Red Daniel McGowan is a strong willed activist, but is also cognisant of his personal well being. While he was on trial for terrorism for the arson of a logging company, and an SUV dealership he says “I hope that you will see that my actions were not those of a terrorist but those of a concerned young person who was deeply troubled by the destruction of Oregon’s forests” (Potter 79). [...]

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    19. Will Potter has explained the attacks on animal/environmental rights activists in a thorough, thought provoking, enraging and inspiring way. His explanations and accounts of the Animal Enterprise Terrorist Act and its subsequent use in the American judicial system is amazing. To know that there is no official definition of the term "terrorism" in the government is frightening as it is now so freely applied to anyone who leaflets or joins in a protest for the rights of animals or the environment. [...]

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    20. Green is the new red, terrorism is the new communism (when it comes to civil liberties), and somehow ecoterrorists and animal rights "extremists" are te FBI's number one domestic terror threat. This is a gripping account of surveillance, the perversion of the word "terrorism," and a totally overreaching government crackdown. Regardless of whether you're a bike-riding vegan or not, this is a scary and readable portrait of how little the First Amendment can mean when powerful interests oppose your [...]

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    21. I'm not normally tempted to review books, but I couldn't resist. Potter's analysis of US domestic terrorism laws is fascinating and frightening at the same time. As someone who enjoys exercising her First Amendment rights, I find it horrifying that the government is fabricating more and more excuses to prosecute (harshly) acts once considered legal displays of activism. Not only are activists for the environment and animal-rights being targeted at an alarmingly high rate, they are being labeled [...]

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    22. Honestly, I just couldn't bring myself to finish it. It seems like it's arguing against itself! "No deaths have been caused by so-called ecoterrorists" "self proclaimed ecoterrorists sell high profile woman's worn underwear on eBay and promise her every bidder gets her home address" I wanted to be on the side of the misunderstood environmental freedom fighter, but the book honestly makes me more apprehensive about signing up or joining any rallies or walks or talks. Seriously. I'm supposed to be [...]

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    23. It's funny writing a review on a book about surveillance without becoming paranoid when wanting to discuss allegiances.I liked this book. The writing was good and the story was exciting (and, of course, sad and depressing), but I'm not so sure about framing it within the sphere of constitutional rights. So many of the characters are uninterested in laws and rights, so what's the point? It seems a little dishonest to pose things in this way, especially after the trials are over and many of the se [...]

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    24. if you would like to read about the inner workings of the people who go after environmentalists to further their own greed, this is the book. it is quite shocking at the lengths big ag, big pharma, the lumber and medical companies and others with vested interests will go in terms of trying to pass legislation and lobbying politicos in order to continue to torture helpless animals and rape and poison the landscape for their own financial gainsis is at the heart of OWS in all it's meanings and why [...]

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    25. Everyone ought to dig into the plot of this story. I cannot express enough appreciation for Will Potter and those who helped him publish it, moreover for those whose political activism has meant not only the loss of their liberty, but their designation as "domestic terrorists," increasing the severity of their punishment due to the political motivation for their alleged crimes. Most of those who were given the federal terrorism enhancement, stiffening the penalties, were convicted of civil disob [...]

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    26. This book is on an undeniably fascinating and important topic (the equating of animal rights and environmental activism with terrorism by the US government). It's too bad it's written in such a jumbled, confusing style. I found the thread of the narrative difficult to follow. Sections seemed to come in random order. The author goes off on tangents, then returns to follow a particular activist, the details about whom I'd already forgotten. All of this unfortunately lessens the impact of the conte [...]

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    27. "Green Is the New Red" is far and away the best account of the way members of the radical environmental and animal rights movements in the US are confronted with increasing state repression. While Potter is an open sympathizer and active participant in the movement, and his writing is engaged and supportive, his analysis is well-substantiated and his conclusions sound. Consequently, I have no problem using this book for my academic work. At the same time, it is written for a non-academic audienc [...]

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    28. Outstanding. Maddening. Revealing and upsetting. Green is the New Red blends scholastic research and stats with real life stories of how the US Government manipulates legislation to aid corporate greed. Will Potter, who has felt the effects of the government's efforts to criminalize activism, is the perfect person to outline the steps taken to control the minds of the American people and protect the profits of the corporations who control the minds of our elected leaders in Washington. Please re [...]

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    29. Excellent look at the corporate interests that have conspired to define environmental and animal rights activists as terrorists. It is sobering to realize that the FBI's focus on animal/environment activists has taken away resources from investigations of white supremacists, anti-abortionists and even the white collar fraud that caused the mortgage collapse. The beginning of the book struggles to establish itself. However, once it finds its groove, the book flows and sucks you in. This is a must [...]

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    30. Very well written and easy to follow. Will Potter clearly explains what is happening to activists through first-hand experience as well as through the experiences of others as they are being targeted by corporations. I would highly recommend this book. I read it for a University class and we had the opportunity to Skype with Will Potter who was more than willing to answer our questions and tell us about his experiences.

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