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Under Scrutiny - Members of the collective report several encounters with the FBI
OU Daily ^ | November 6, 2005 | by Brianna Bailey

Posted on 11/07/2005 9:05:05 AM PST by LibertyRocks

Two former OU students accused of breaking into OU’s underground tunnel network are members of a local activist group that claims it has been harassed by the FBI.

Group members said they were questioned by FBI agents about Joel Henry Hinrichs III and the books they own.

Christopher Boyce, 24, and James Kent Eldridge, 21, who are both charged with second-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary, belonged to the Greenbriar Collective, a group that practices organic gardening and operates a lending library out of a house in east Norman.

According to the Cleveland County District Attorney’s office, Boyce and Eldridge broke into the Richards Hall zoology building in the early hours of Oct. 20 via an underground tunnel and entered a room marked “biohazard.” A sealed glass vial was confiscated from one of the suspects after they were apprehended by police.

Members of the Greenbriar Collective said the group was not involved with the break-in.

“We don’t know why they did it,” Jacki Sellens, former OU student and Greenbriar member, said. “We only know that we know that they would never do anything to hurt anyone.”

The group has been visited by the FBI twice in the past two months, the member said.

The first visit, which took place on Sept. 21, upset Greenbriar members, who said they have done nothing illegal.

Members of the Greenbriar Collective said they are a peaceful group focused on helping people. The group hosts weekly vegetarian potlucks, and two members of the group traveled to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to help feed displaced storm survivors, said Mike Risley, OU alumnus and Greenbriar member.

The group is also fixing discarded computers to donate to charity, Risley said.

Norman resident John Rushton, who lives at the Greenbriar house at 823 N. Findlay Ave., said two clean-cut men in business casual attire arrived at the house in an unmarked car at about 10 a.m. Sept. 21. The men identified themselves as FBI agents and seemed to have information about the residents of the house and other members of the Greenbriar group, Rushton said.

“They said ‘You’re John Rushton,’” Rushton said. “‘What do you know about Ruckus Society?’ they asked me.”

Ruckus Society is an activist group that provides civil disobedience training for environmental, human rights and social justice organizations, according to the Ruckus Society’s Web site. Rushton had previously hosted Ruckus Society workshops at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Rushton said.

The men also knew the names of other members of the Greenbriar Collective, and they wanted to know what kind of books the group had in the house, Rushton said.

“They wanted to know if we had a copy of ‘The Anarchist’s Cookbook,’ which we don’t,” Rushton said.

“The Anarchist’s Cookbook” details how to make homemade explosives such as pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails.

Rushton said he refused to let the men inside the house.

“They said ‘If something happens in Norman, President George W. Bush will call and say ‘Get me John Rushton,’” Rushton said.

Less than two weeks later, on Oct. 1, OU student Joel Henry Hinrichs III killed himself with a homemade explosive device while sitting on a bench outside George Lynn Cross Hall during the OU-Kansas State football game.

The FBI didn’t visit the house directly after the incident, Rushton said. The Greenbriar Collective did not associate with Hinrichs, members said.

FBI Special Agent Martin Maag said he could not comment on the Hinrichs investigation. The Greenbriar Collective has not been targeted for investigation, he said. Maag said he was not aware of the Sept. 21 FBI visit to the Greenbriar house, although he said other FBI agents or officers from another law enforcement agency may have questioned the group.

“As far as I know, we are not interested in that group for anything,” Maag said.

Maag was present the second time the group was questioned, on or around Oct. 21, he said. Shortly after Boyce and Eldridge were arrested on a complaint of burglary, two FBI agents visited the Greenbriar house after the bureau received a phone tip that “someone was moving boxes out of the house,” Maag said.

Isaiah McCaslin, linguistics sophomore and Greenbriar Collective member, said he was sitting on the porch of the Greenbriar house when he was approached by two FBI agents who asked him if he had seen Hinrichs moving boxes out of the house.

“I didn’t really answer any of their questions because I was too busy making fun of them for asking if a dead guy was moving boxes around the house,” McCaslin said. “I went inside, and they said really creepily, ‘We’ll be back.’”

Maag said the group was questioned as part of a routine canvassing of the neighborhood after the FBI received an anonymous tip.

“I actually thought it was strange that they wouldn’t talk to me,” Maag said. “We are required to follow up on any leads we get.”

No information related to any ongoing investigations was obtained because of the anonymous phone tip, Maag said.

“We’re fairly sure [the FBI] will be back,” said Maka Laughingwolf, Norman resident and Greenbriar member. “But we’re not worried about it, because we’re not doing anything wrong.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: chrisboyce; christopherboyce; greenbriarcollective; hinrichs; jameseldridge; normanbombing; ou; oubombing
More information regarding the Boyce/Eldridge case and the FBI questioning people about Hinrichs and the OUBombing.
1 posted on 11/07/2005 9:05:06 AM PST by LibertyRocks
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To: hoosiermama; hispanarepublicana; PhiKapMom; indcons; mplsconservative; investigateworld; ...

Ping to new article... Discusses FBI questioning of the "Greenbriar Collective" - group that runs the 3rd Space lending library co-founded by Chris Boyce.


2 posted on 11/07/2005 9:06:19 AM PST by LibertyRocks (Updated Info on "Stoppered Vial" Case & OU Bombing... http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: LibertyRocks
a local activist group that claims it has been harassed by the FBI.

Two visits where questions were asked is harasment? These people need to get some perspective (along with some more protein in their diets).

3 posted on 11/07/2005 9:08:40 AM PST by rhombus
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To: LibertyRocks

A member of the collective then added, "Resistence is futile; you will be assimilated."

What a stupid name for a group.


4 posted on 11/07/2005 9:09:10 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: LibertyRocks
“We don’t know why they did it,” Jacki Sellens, former OU student and Greenbriar member, said. “We only know that we know that they would never do anything to hurt anyone.”


How very reassuring.


I doubt that they could were they to be in a federal lock-up for a time.



5 posted on 11/07/2005 9:15:28 AM PST by G.Mason (The greatest enemy of these United States is the Democrat Party ... the 2nd is government)
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To: LibertyRocks

Man how times have changed.

When we "broke into the tunnels" at college it was a totally different time and attitude..

Cop: OK, what fraternity are you with?

Me: We're just scouting locations to play dungeons and dragons

cop: Fine, don't tell me but you better not be having any orgies down there.

Me: No sir, girls won't go down there.

Cop: Yeah well they have better sense. Now, get out of here.


It's a different world... the modern world is so wonderful and so terrible all at the same time.


6 posted on 11/07/2005 9:21:27 AM PST by gondramB
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To: LibertyRocks

So, the FBI paid these "peace-loving" anarchists a visit or two, just weeks prior to Hinrichs blowing himself up. And, they have visited them prior as well. The public face that Boren and others have put forth, that this is "an isolated incident," a "lone suicide," would seem to be completely shot down by these FBI visits. What prompted them to drop in on these guys? The other OU student with the pipe bomb, attempting to board a plane? Internet "chatter?" There's a connecting thread somewhere. The Triangle frat?

And, whatever happened to Hinrich's car, when was it removed from the apartment parking lot?

Regardless, it is quite plain now, that the FBI and Boren were lying.


7 posted on 11/07/2005 9:21:59 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: LibertyRocks
Christopher Boyce, 24....charged with second-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary...

The Falcon! But where's the Snowman?

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8 posted on 11/07/2005 9:23:01 AM PST by Antioch (Benedikt Gott Geschickt)
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To: LibertyRocks
Ruckus Society is an activist terrorist group that provides civil disobedience training for environmental, human rights and social justice organizations, according to the Ruckus Society’s Web site.

There.

Fixed it.

9 posted on 11/07/2005 9:24:21 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

"peace-loving" anarchists - oxymoron...emphasis on the moron.

What were these guys up to and what is the connection to the bomber.

Yes, it is clear that Boren and the FBI are lying...


10 posted on 11/07/2005 9:33:40 AM PST by milford421
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To: LibertyRocks

Thanks for the ping...this is getting more and more curious...


11 posted on 11/07/2005 9:34:28 AM PST by milford421
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To: RegulatorCountry

What I find rather interesting is this comment,

“I didn’t really answer any of their questions because I was too busy making fun of them for asking if a dead guy was moving boxes around the house,” McCaslin said. “I went inside, and they said really creepily, ‘We’ll be back.’”

Just keeping in mind that they have not released the results of the autopsy/DNA testing yet - to my knowledge at least.

I have no reason to think that Hinrichs was NOT the one who died in the bombing on Oct. 1. I just find it rather intriguing given that the guy obviously assumed they were questioning him regarding an incident that happened after the 1st. It is not stated if the incident called in was before or after the 1st though.


12 posted on 11/07/2005 9:39:02 AM PST by LibertyRocks (Updated Info on "Stoppered Vial" Case & OU Bombing... http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: milford421; RegulatorCountry; All

According to a poster here at FR - Christopher Boyce's roommate was a member of the Triangle Fraternity. The same fraternity that Joel Hinrichs was a member of. The same fraternity that was apparently used as a "safe house" for Pakistani/Muslim students just after 9/11 when they were feeling at risk due to the association of Islamic Terrorists and Atta's connection with the mosque in Norman.


13 posted on 11/07/2005 9:41:57 AM PST by LibertyRocks (Updated Info on "Stoppered Vial" Case & OU Bombing... http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: MeanWestTexan
A member of the collective then added, "Resistence is futile; you will be assimilated." What a stupid name for a group.

Eureka! That's it! I've always wondered how the BORG got their name and now it's been revealed. It was a corruption down through time of the word Gorp (a blend of fruit and nuts eaten by the handful by generations of members of the Greenbriar Collective.)

14 posted on 11/07/2005 9:44:28 AM PST by higgmeister (In the shadow of the Big Chicken.)
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To: LibertyRocks
a group that practices organic gardening and operates a lending library p>Sounds fairly tame however there's a segment of the organic crowd that are extremely political a good idea of how extreme can be found in the magazine ACRESusa.
15 posted on 11/07/2005 9:46:23 AM PST by fella (Political Correctness = Stuck On Stupid)
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To: LibertyRocks
"...the Greenbriar Collective, a group that practices organic gardening and operates a lending library out of a house in east Norman. "

Rushton said he refused to let the men inside the house.

“They said ‘If something happens in Norman, President George W. Bush will call and say ‘Get me John Rushton,’” Rushton said.

Oh my, aren't we important. Faced down those nasty FBI agents all by ourselves, did we?

John Rushton sounds like a real pantload. Somehow I picture Mr. Rushton as a young John Kerry wannabe, a wet-behind-the-ears spoiled college student blowhard, totally full of himself and out to get anybody in the establishment while painting himself as a victim of it.

16 posted on 11/07/2005 9:51:41 AM PST by JustaCowgirl (Father, we pray that lies will destroy the liars and the truth will lift up the truthful.)
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To: LibertyRocks

Interesting- I'm not sure I have anything specific to the Ruckus Society, but I have run across them & their members while looking for info on others- they are a nasty little group of nihilists.


17 posted on 11/07/2005 10:46:44 AM PST by backhoe (The Silence of the Tom's ( Tired Old Media... ))
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To: LibertyRocks

Only a fool "talks" to the FBI. Our modern day Gestapo.


18 posted on 11/07/2005 10:50:08 AM PST by cynicom
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To: LibertyRocks
Two former OU students accused of breaking into OU’s underground tunnel network are members of a local activist group that claims it has been harassed by the FBI.

People who whine they're being harrassed are usually trying to shift the focus away from their own activities. Seems the Greenbriar Collective and Norman Islamists have that much in common, at least. I suspect they have more in common than that.

19 posted on 11/07/2005 10:51:51 AM PST by laz (They can bus 'em to the polls, but they can't bus 'em out of the path of a Cat 5 hurricane.)
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To: LibertyRocks

Leftwing domestic terrorists.


20 posted on 11/07/2005 10:53:55 AM PST by TASMANIANRED (Conservatives are from earth. Liberals are from Uranus.)
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To: LibertyRocks; backhoe; Calpernia

Ruckus Society, under news, says itis funded by NGO's and on the Web link, shows Turner funded them, therefore, I assume that Soros is involved.

http://news.google.com/news?client=googlet&q=Ruckus+Society&tab=wn&ie=ISO-8859-1&sa=N&start=10


21 posted on 11/07/2005 11:55:08 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (WAKE UP AMERICA !!!!)
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To: LibertyRocks

"The same fraternity that Joel Hinrichs was a member o of ..."

How about Charles Dreyling, the OU student with the pipe bomb, who tried to board a plane? Triangle? Anybody know of a connection?


22 posted on 11/07/2005 12:54:51 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

Only that the other kid arrested in the "stoppered vial case"- James Kent Eldridge - is the son of Kent Eldridge, P.C. who is Dreyling's lawyer...


23 posted on 11/07/2005 1:12:30 PM PST by LibertyRocks (Updated Info on "Stoppered Vial" Case & OU Bombing... http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: LibertyRocks

" Kent Eldridge, P.C. who is Dreyling's lawyer ..."

I wonder about radical affiliations there, too. ACLU, SPLC, immigration?


24 posted on 11/07/2005 1:16:28 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: LibertyRocks
We’re fairly sure [the FBI] will be back,” said Maka Laughingwolf, Norman resident and Greenbriar member. “But we’re not worried about it, because we’re not doing anything wrong.”....
....anymore.

Maka Laughingwolf just bought himself and his buddies a lengthy term of "observation".
25 posted on 11/07/2005 1:21:33 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

On his website it states that he represents the local teacher's union...

http://www.kenteldridge.com/

Representative Clients:
American Federation of Teachers AFL - CIO - Local #2309

References:
Ed Allen, President of American Federation of Teachers


26 posted on 11/07/2005 1:22:56 PM PST by LibertyRocks (Updated Info on "Stoppered Vial" Case & OU Bombing... http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: LibertyRocks

Eldridge taught this course, which might indicate more than just a little bit of a leftist bent:

Travel to Cuba - Myth or Reality, Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, December 17, 2003


27 posted on 11/07/2005 1:30:13 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Liberty Valance

Whoa. Google Mara Laughingwolf and check out her bio: "Maka Laughingwolf is a single polyamorous bi-dyke, crunchy hippie, healer. Maka lives in Norman, Oklahoma with her two beautiful children, who she supports with a variety of creative work choices."

Oh, those poor kids. Mommie's an unapologetically promiscuous, bisexual, pagan hippie.

http://www.ingalagringa.com/womanifestos/maka.html


28 posted on 11/07/2005 1:34:39 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: LibertyRocks

Thanks for the pings. With what is happening in Europe, it pays to stay alert.


29 posted on 11/07/2005 1:38:36 PM PST by Yellow Rose of Texas (Separation of Church and State is a MYTH, read the First Amendment)
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To: LibertyRocks

“They said ‘If something happens in Norman, President George W. Bush will call and say ‘Get me John Rushton,’” Rushton said.

Now that's just ridiculous. Everybody knows it's Karl Rove that makes those phone calls.

30 posted on 11/07/2005 2:00:41 PM PST by armymarinedad (Never let a peacenik go unchallenged.)
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To: LibertyRocks

So they've already moved from 813 College to 823 N. Findlay, just in the week since the other story about "biohazard" ran?

No wonder they were asked about somebody "moving boxes" -- apparently they do a whole lot of that.


31 posted on 11/07/2005 4:29:14 PM PST by Rte66
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To: armymarinedad

Yeah, but it's Dubya that has the steel-trap memory for all these little terror buds.

I was just worried that Dick might not have time to look up the change-of-address now that his several new assistants are just getting broken in. Training noobs leaves so little surfing time.


32 posted on 11/07/2005 4:41:05 PM PST by Rte66
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To: LibertyRocks
and James Kent Eldridge, 21

I know that guy. He was in my American Government class, also on a campus network file-sharing hub using the handle "aither". He and I were the most vocal participants in the class, though on totally different sides. It was fun. Didn't expect he'd be so freakin' stupid as to break into anything. Though this group was also responsible for a break-in in one of the Zoology buildings in which they decided to re-unite families of mice. Their ignorance of Biology was very apparent, because male mice kill the young.
33 posted on 11/07/2005 11:02:16 PM PST by Ain Soph Aur
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To: Ain Soph Aur

Thank you for your input. Do you remember when that other break-in happened? (I have to admit it's rather amusing to hear how these groups are so concerned about the animals, but have no clue as to their proper care...)


34 posted on 11/08/2005 8:07:01 AM PST by LibertyRocks (Info on OU Bombing, "Stoppered Vial" Case & Riots in France - http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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To: LibertyRocks

I think the other break-in happened sometime in the 2-3 days leading up to the tunnel incident. They might have even been at the same time.


35 posted on 11/08/2005 11:50:56 AM PST by Ain Soph Aur
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To: Ain Soph Aur

Were they bragging about this--the first break-in? Is that how you heard about it?


36 posted on 11/08/2005 6:05:54 PM PST by Rte66
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To: LibertyRocks

Well, James Eldridge got his prelim hearing conference postponed from today until 2 weeks from today, November 22, but his dad's case that was scheduled for the same time today in Norman (1PM) with his pot-possession defendant did happen as scheduled, I presume.

And Chris Boyce's prelim hearing conference was still shown on the docket for today at their original time (also 1PM). The website takes a day or so to update and I'll check back--although there may not be anything to report, since it's just a conference.


37 posted on 11/08/2005 8:12:18 PM PST by Rte66
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To: Rte66

I'm taking a Zoology class and our lab instructor was telling us about it.


38 posted on 11/08/2005 9:45:24 PM PST by Ain Soph Aur
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To: Ain Soph Aur

Is your Zool lab instructor a professor or is it a GA? IOW, was it laughed off or was it considered a serious offense? Do they know exactly who did it, or just this "collective" group?


39 posted on 11/08/2005 10:42:41 PM PST by Rte66
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To: Rte66

The lab instructor is a GA. The department is considering it a serious offense, but within our classroom we just laughed at the stupidity of animal rights idiots. In fact, there's a poster in the lab showing a pic of people protesting experiments on animals with the caption "Thanks to Animal Research, They'll Be Able to Protest 20.8 Years Longer." They're pretty sure it was the same group involved in the breakins, but not quite sure if it was the exact same people.


40 posted on 11/08/2005 11:56:14 PM PST by Ain Soph Aur
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To: Ain Soph Aur

Ha! That's funny--the poster idea. I'm glad to know someone has a sense of humor about it, because activists sure don't--about anything. Sure wish we knew what the "stoppered vial" was all about.


41 posted on 11/09/2005 11:21:22 AM PST by Rte66
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To: Rte66

Thanks for keeping tabs on the court case. I checked the OCIS website earlier today and it had not been updated yet. I'll keep checking and post here if I find anything. (o:


42 posted on 11/09/2005 12:58:24 PM PST by LibertyRocks (Info on OU Bombing, "Stoppered Vial" Case & Riots in France - http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com)
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