Skip to comments.Environmentalist fights U.S. extradition
Posted on 06/27/2005 7:56:25 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - A radical environmentalist who is one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives told an extradition hearing Monday he was being unfairly targeted by the U.S. government and should be allowed to remain in Canada.
Tre Arrow, born Michael Scarpitti, is accused of taking part in the 2001 firebombings of logging and cement trucks in Oregon. The FBI also claims he is associated with the Earth Liberation Front, a group that has claimed responsibility for dozens of acts of destruction over the past few years.
"I am being targeted by the U.S. government and the FBI, not because I am guilty but because I have chosen to challenge the status quo," Arrow, and a Green Party candidate for Congress in 2000, said at his extradition hearing.
In order for an extradition to be ordered, the judge must find there is sufficient evidence to convict the accused on the same charges in Canada.
Prosecutor Rosellina Patillo said evidence from the federal prosecutor in Oregon indicates Arrow was among four conspirators involved in the bombings of a gravel company and a logging company between April and June of 2001. The evidence comes from statements of Arrow's three coconspirators who have pleaded guilty.
The suspects intended to firebomb a U.S. Forest Service office, but abandoned the idea after they found the security system was too tight, Patillo said.
Arrow is seeking refugee status in Canada, his lawyer said.
The 30-year-old Arrow - who says the trees told him to change his name - contends he would not get a fair trial in the United States because of the FBI's assertion that his alleged crimes are acts of terrorism.
He faces federal charges in Oregon of using fire to commit a felony, destroying vehicles used in interstate commerce and using incendiary devices in a crime of violence. He faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.
So do you think his cell mate in a federal prison will call him Tre or will they give him a new name?
Tre sounds gay. I wonder why he didn't call himself Tree.
The 30-year-old Arrow - who says the trees told him to change his name...
and do ya still be seeing little GReen men following ya around then, too?
He's exactly what I think of when one says "child of the 90s". Or "alternative music".
That generation is sad. (I am technically a part of it.)
Headline should read "Terrorist Afraid of U.S. Prisons". He is not an environmentalist. He is a domestic terrorist.
Hey. It's Pauly Shore from MTV.
Will the trees be offended, if I offer up to buy a new rope?
Come to daddy, little nutball.
We have a nice cell waiting, just for you.
Too bad he didn't flee to Aruba. Apparently it doesn't take much "proof" to get arrested there.
I wonder if he got this nuts from grade school, or high school. Probably excelled in environmental class.
I thought it was Daniel Stern.
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Holy cow, it would make me feel better to see that freak off the streets.
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