Joseph Buddenberg
Writers’ Blokke
Published in
4 min readFeb 18, 2021

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A Suspected Terrorist Dates the FBI

In 2009, I, along with three co-defendants, was charged with violating an unused and unknown law called the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

My friends and I were campaigning against the University of California’s practice of using live animals in painful and deadly research; known as vivisection. Our alleged crime was demonstrating in the neighborhoods and outside the homes of the vivisectors who tortured and killed animals in their laboratories.

We were arrested by a slew of FBI agents from the Joint Terrorism Task Force. We faced up to 5…

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