In December the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) made a big public splash by unveiling documents obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) under a Freedom of Information Act request. At the time, the ACLU released only a few dozen pages from its FBI treasure trove, selected to bolster its case that the federal government was spying on groups including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) despite what it called “a lack of evidence” that PETA was “engaging in or supporting violent action.” But during the past few weeks, the ACLU’s website has been quietly updated to include more than 200 additional pages of the FBI’s files on PETA. And this new material indicates a solid connection between PETA and the animal-rights movement’s violent underbelly.
The complete set of pages, finally available on the ACLU’s website (look for a link titled “Full set of PETA documents”), includes some disclosures that PETA will not be happy about — and which indicate that the FBI knows exactly what it’s doing.
If you don’t relish the thought of wading through 227 pages of heavily redacted FBI files, we’ve collected the most interesting material on our AnimalScam.com website. Click here to read the FBI’s conclusions that (among other things) PETA recruits interns from overseas for “the sole purpose of committing criminal acts.” One witness interviewed by the FBI (whom other sources have indicated was a former long-term PETA employee) also told the feds that PETA was formed as a cover for the Animal Liberation Front (ALF).