“These are people who came to riot. That’s what they wanted,” said Captain Mike Sanford of the Seattle Police Department after 700 protestors (some in gas masks and bandannas) threw debris at the officers who were guarding a law enforcement training seminar titled “Criminal Intelligence and the War on Terrorism.” Among the organizations protesting the fight against terrorism was the Northwest Animal Rights Network (NARN), a group that has close ties with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Joe Haptas is one of NARN’s most prominent members, but he’s also a campaign coordinator for PETA. And NARN’s website reads: “Due to the volume of requests, we ask that non-Pacific Northwest residents refer to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to request a free information packet.“
It’s not terribly surprising that a group intimately connected to the terrorist-supporting PETA participated in a violent protest against the very law enforcement officials trying to fight the war on terrorism. PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk recently told fellow animal-rights militants that “it is dangerous to engage in even the most innocuous-seeming discourse with the FBI [or] Homeland Security.“