Environmentalists are Terrorists: Congressmen to Jeff Sessions

Dozens of Congressmen have pushed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to label environmental activists who “threaten” the energy industry as domestic terrorists.

On October 23, eighty-four Congressmen wrote a letter to Sessions asking him if environmentalists who “attack” the “nation’s energy infrastructure… fall within the DOJ’s understanding of 18 U.S.C. Section 2331(5).”

Such a classification would group environmental activists who protested the Dakota Access oil pipeline with the perpetrator of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, among others.

What the Congressmen are proposing is too broad: Nonviolent and violent protesters who so much pose a modicum of a threat to energy infrastructure could be charged for domestic terrorism, a move that would set a dangerous precedent for criminalizing other forms of activism and social movement organizations.