Skip to comments.Undercover informant used in ecoterrorism investigation
Posted on 12/13/2005 6:24:51 PM PST by george76
An undercover informant helped investigators tape a conversation with one of the seven...radical environmentalists accused in a series of arson attacks and other crimes...
Existence of the informant was disclosed last week by an investigator in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., during a bail hearing for Daniel McGowan, 31, who faces indictments that he and another man firebombed the office of a wood products mill in Glendale and the office and truck shop of a tree farm in Clatskanie in 2001.
The Earth Liberation Front, an underground group that advocates economic sabotage to stop environmental destruction, took credit for the two fires.
The FBI describes the group as one of the nation's leading domestic terrorist organizations.
Though his family offered to put up their homes and stocks worth about $850,000, McGowan was ordered held without bail pending transport by U.S. Marshals to Oregon, said defense attorney Martin Stolar.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Peifer, who attended the hearing, said Eugene police Detective Greg Harvey testified he made the tape from a body wire worn by an informant who talked to McGowan at a convention in New York in April 2005.
On the tape, McGowan talks about going to British Columbia in 2001.
The tape was not played in court, but the judge listened to excerpts before deciding against granting bail.
Peifer characterized the trip as hiding out after the arsons, both of which occurred earlier that year.
McGowan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., but grew up in Rockaway Beach, Queens, N.Y., where he ran track at Christ the King High School...
He graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo... and traveled after college to Thailand. Later he lived in San Francisco, then Eugene, before moving back to New York City...the East Village.
(Excerpt) Read more at azdailysun.com ...
Terrorists are terrorists - whether Eco or Islamo - and they should both be dealt with in the same manner: shot down without mercy wherever they are found.
"Christ the King High School"?? He appears to have gone astray since those days.
",i>Hey! my fellow eco terrorist pals, lets go burn down all this harvested and processed forrest product, and save the planet!
Not thinking that they will only harvest even more raw timber to replace it. Smart. The liberal mind is even more decayed that the Muslim mind.
Daniel was represented by attorney Martin Stolar, president of the New York chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
The Assistant U.S. Attorney alleged that Daniel was a member of the Earth Liberation Front, an environmental group that commits acts of sabotage and property destruction.
He said that this group has "extensive networks throughout the world and has experience secreting people."
He went on to allege that Daniel had made use of these secret networks before in 2001 to "hide out" in Canada for six months.
The Assistant U.S. Attorney also weakly claimed Daniel could flee to Ireland, based on the fact that Daniel is Irish-American and has visited Ireland a couple of times.
Daniel went by a number of different names, including Jamie Moran, during the five year period following the crime.
The only terrorist "feeling" I need to understand, is the "feeling" of hot lead perforating their worthless hides.
Snippet: "An undercover informant helped investigators tape a conversation with one of the seven...radical environmentalists accused in a series of arson attacks and other crimes..."
I assume after this, all bongs will be checked for wires.
I wonder if all the eco terrorist wipe their a$$ with plastic?
"an environmental group . . ."
Where the heck has this reporter been? It's like calling terrorists insurgants, or freedom fighters!!!!
What the heck does ALF do for the environment?
Eugene is an anarchist training camp. A couple of cruise missles would help....but it really needs a couple of squads of Stryker forces.
"Later he lived in San Francisco, then Eugene, before moving back to New York City...the East Village."
Talk about being shaped by your environment.
His Mom and Dad can be proud of this product -- I think I read in (an above post) that they are willing to put up their life savings and home to bail him out.
Guess they created this monster. Says a lot about their intelligence huh?