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Forward to the Past

October 5, 2006

1. Andrew Stepanian is in jail: …I was convicted, mainly on evidence stemming from my attendance at a protest against an auditing firm by the name of Deloitte & Touche. The prosecutors claim that because Deloitte & Touche severed its relationship with Huntingdon Life Sciences, Huntingdon Life Sciences may have incurred more than $10,000 in damages. . . . the second I cause $10,000 of intellectual damage, then I could be charged under this conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Protection Act. I would be charged with a substantive charge if I actually destroyed some property, for example, that was worth $10,000, but in this case, it was a purely intellectual matter. — So, is effective protest is now illegal? Or is it that forcing a company to change its business practices is now considered terrorism? (I’m just trying to understand.) — First Member of SHAC 7 Heads to Jail for Three Year Sentence
2. The man was speaking Tamil, a language largely used in India, Sri Lanka and Singapore, on his cell phone at the departure gate and on the aircraft. An off-duty airline employee heard the conversation and informed the flight crew.Man questioned and misses flight for speaking Tamil…the man was cooperative and boarded a later flight to Texas. He told officials that he would not speak in a foreign language on his cell phone at an airport in the future. — Thank goodness nobody was hurt. —

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