NEGOTIATION IS OVER (NIO)
Camille Marino founded NIO in 2009 and began re-publishing the public information of vivisectors and other animal abusers around the globe. NIO became our own community composed of like-minded, aggressive, militant, and dedicated animal liberation activists around the globe. It was and is our own movement.
VIVISECTORS BAND TOGETHER TO STOP HER
Camille began getting hit with injunctions from vivisectors who didn’t appreciate being named and shamed publicly. She refused to yield to these unconstitutional assaults on her First Amendment right to free speech. In 2009, UCLA monkey murderer David Jentsch went to the courts and told them she had to be stopped because he feared exposure. The following year, a Wayne State University dog torturer followed suit and ran to the courts to cry that he didn’t want to be exposed on NIO either. Camille eventually earned a misdemeanor criminal contempt charge for allegedly violating the court orders.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Her main focus since 2010 has been to liberate an estimated 10,000 animals that are imprisoned and tortured inside UF for approximately $400 million in tax dollars annually. She discovered that a UF vivisector was receiving millions in federal annuities to perform barbaric brain mapping experiments in monkeys. When it emerged that the money was going to UF and the experiments were being performed in New York, she immediately filed a state-level open records request to find out what was happening to the monkeys.
LAWSUITS AND ARRESTS
UF remained in noncompliance with her request for 14 months until she won her first lawsuit, Camille Marino v. The University of Florida (December 30, 2011). Within five weeks of this legal victory, UF vivisector Raymond J. Bergeron filed a malicious and false complaint against Marino that alleging that she threatened to burn down his house with “me and my wife in it.” Her home would be raided several months later based on this outrageous lie.
After beginning to publish the records documenting decades of horrific torture and murder the monkeys had endured, Camille began to become an obvious threat when the community began to rally behind the initiative. Within weeks, UF had her arrested at the next demo on Feb. 4, 2012. Marino was arrested on the criminal contempt charge out of Michigan, held for 31 days, and extradited to Detroit.
To get a campaign out in Detroit off the ground and to protest her own repression, Marino taped her mouth and chained herself to a library at Wayne State University during a protest against the dog murderer. She was arrested and charged with trespassing and her judge continued her bond. She was then re-arrested by Wayne State police and held for five days in grueling conditions while vivisectors around the country and prosecutors figured out how to stop her. She was ultimately hit with two felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison:
Aggravated Stalking: 5 years
Posting a Message (for allowing Dr. Steve Best’s threats against the dog murderer to be published on NIO): 5 years
While she was in jail, Camille’s close friend, Dr. Steve Best, cut off all contact with her and refused to defend her or his own words in open court. When she was released on bond, he took out a slanderous personal protection order against her, ran to the state defending the vivisectors that were prosecuting her, and swore under oath that Camille was a “terrorist.” He then turned state’s evidence and begged the state to put her in prison.
With her defense in tatters, she could not go to trial. She took a plea and served six months for publishing Steve Best’s work. When the issue of Best’s words against her and his praise for the vivisectors was raised at her sentencing, Camille is quoted as saying “it appears the only thing the state, the vivisectors and I agree on is that Steve Best is ‘pathetic.’”
Disregarding her lawyer’s advice and refusing to stoop to his level, Camille would not implicate Best or anyone else in open court and took the full weight of the state’s wrath upon herself.
ANOTHER WIN AGAINST UF, ANOTHER ARREST FOR CAMILLE
While she was serving her sentence in early 2013, Camille won her second ground-breaking case against UF. The courts ruled that the location of the labs was public information and the university had to disclose this information. After she finished serving her six month sentence in Detroit, she returned home to Florida and took possession of the records she had just won from UF. UF immediately had her re-arrested again and extradited back out to Detroit where they attempted to violate her probation over a video of vivisectors that remained online for 14 months. They wanted to put her in prison for five years and shut her down for good.
When they were unsuccessful in proving Camille’s alleged infraction, the dog murderer jumped up at her hearing and intervened. He was successful at having the judge ordering her offline for the duration of her probation and taking down the Negotiation Is Over website as well.
The vivisectors had temporarily silenced Camille and NIO. But after 6 arrests, 2 grueling extraditions, 1 raid on her home, 3 months on house arrest, 8 months in jail, and 7 months banned from the internet, her probation was finally terminated two years early on January 17, 2014.
While she was on a state-enforced vacation, the UF campaign evolved and emerged as Eleventh Hour for Animals.
We are at war! And until the monkeys and other prisoners inside UF are released to sanctuaries, we’ve only just begun to fight!
Her first book, “Danger to Society: Journey of a Political Prisoner,” will be released by NAALPO shortly. Its release was delayed until her probation expired.
Animal Liberation will be achieved when the detriments of animal abuse outweigh the benefits.