Friday, June 10, 2005

GMO swine wins 

I don't like Greenpeace, but this seems like a bit too much:
The environmentalist group Greenpeace has gone on trial in a Copenhagen court as the first organization charged under new Danish anti-terror laws introduced after the attacks in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001.

Greenpeace was charged under the new legislation last month following a protest by a group of activists in October 2003 at the Copenhagen headquarters of the Danish Agriculture association against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) used in the Scandinavian country's booming pork industry.

The individual protestors, who entered the Danish Agriculture building and reportedly hung a banner reading "No to GMO swine" from a window, have been accused of violating domestic peace.

The new terror legislation allows the courts to hold organizations responsible for the actions of their individual members, which according to prosecutors clears the way for the charges brought against Greenpeace.
I'm reminded of the US anti-racketeering laws, originally designed to fight the organized crime, but are nowadays routinely used by lawyers to sue just about any group or organization, for example, all Catholic dioceses in America and Vatican for "conspiracy to conceal child sexual abuse."

I only hope that Europe will prove as successful in pursuing real terrorists as it is with Greenpeace.


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