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Undercover informant used in ecoterrorism investigation
Associated Press...Arizona Daily Sun ^ | 12/13/2005 | AP

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 ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: California; US: New York; US: Oregon; US: Washington; War on Terror
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1 posted on 12/13/2005 6:24:52 PM PST by george76
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To: george76

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.


2 posted on 12/13/2005 6:31:41 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: george76

"Christ the King High School"?? He appears to have gone astray since those days.


3 posted on 12/13/2005 6:32:56 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: clee1
But we have to understand their FEELINGS. We need to know WHAT WE DID to make them HATE US SO MUCH. We have to ascertain the ROOT CAUSE of their behavior. </sarc>
4 posted on 12/13/2005 6:35:51 PM PST by Hawk1976 ("Vote for us, you backwards, slack-jawed, inbred, knuckle-dragging fascists!"-DU)
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"The Earth Liberation Front, an underground group that advocates economic sabotage to stop environmental destruction, took credit for the two fires."

",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.

5 posted on 12/13/2005 6:36:31 PM PST by Forte Runningrock
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6 posted on 12/13/2005 6:39:24 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: clee1

I agree.


7 posted on 12/13/2005 6:41:30 PM PST by nopardons
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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.

http://bombsandshields.blogspot.com/2005/12/unfolding-case-against-daniel.html


8 posted on 12/13/2005 6:43:10 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Hawk1976

The only terrorist "feeling" I need to understand, is the "feeling" of hot lead perforating their worthless hides.


9 posted on 12/13/2005 6:46:19 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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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..."

OPINION: Great!


10 posted on 12/13/2005 6:51:53 PM PST by Cindy
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To: george76

I assume after this, all bongs will be checked for wires.


11 posted on 12/13/2005 6:59:32 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: clee1

BTTT


12 posted on 12/13/2005 7:02:15 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: george76

I wonder if all the eco terrorist wipe their a$$ with plastic?


13 posted on 12/13/2005 7:15:41 PM PST by M-cubed (Why is "Greshams Law" a law?)
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To: george76

"an environmental group . . ."

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?


14 posted on 12/13/2005 7:16:21 PM PST by girlangler (I'd rather be fishing)
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Ping.


15 posted on 12/13/2005 7:20:29 PM PST by girlangler (I'd rather be fishing)
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Good. Fellow eco-Nazi Rodney Coronado of Earth First! also went down for the second time today. Prison sentence for interfering with the trapping of problem mountain lions. His first sentence was for torching a research lab at Michigan State University.

http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/breakingnews/121305_convicted

16 posted on 12/13/2005 7:22:24 PM PST by FlyVet
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>>>Later he lived in San Francisco, then Eugene...<<<

Eugene is an anarchist training camp. A couple of cruise missles would help....but it really needs a couple of squads of Stryker forces.

17 posted on 12/13/2005 7:23:09 PM PST by HardStarboard (Read Stephen Hayes "Spooked White House" - Weekly Standard. It explains a an awful lot.)
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"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.


18 posted on 12/13/2005 7:24:12 PM PST by billhilly (Demo cammo is yellow and white)
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To: billhilly

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?


19 posted on 12/13/2005 7:28:30 PM PST by girlangler (I'd rather be fishing)
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"Being an activist radical domestic terrorist doesn't mean you are a criminal," Lisa McGowan said. "My brother has his beliefs. We are proud of the things he fights for.

I'm sure Osama's wives are supportive of his cause as well. If people are hurt or killed, they're just 'casualties of the cause'.
20 posted on 12/13/2005 7:36:26 PM PST by proud_yank ("The government dole will rot your soul" --Stan Rogers, 'The Idiot')
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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.

Why not just give PETA or Greenpeace a ring?
21 posted on 12/13/2005 7:37:30 PM PST by proud_yank ("The government dole will rot your soul" --Stan Rogers, 'The Idiot')
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