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Feds indict 11 for eco-sabotage in Oregon and the West
Oregonlive ^ | January 20, 2006 | BRYAN DENSON

Posted on 01/20/2006 7:04:05 PM PST by crazyhorse691

Federal authorities in Oregon announced this morning they have charged 11 suspected eco-saboteurs with a series of arsons that began with firebombings at two ranger stations in the Willamette National Forest in 1996 and included the $12 million conflagration at a Vail, Colo., ski resort two years later.

A consipracy charge filed in U.S. District Court in Portland says that certain of the 11 suspects called themselves “The Family” as they planned and carried out arsons across the West.

The Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front, groups the FBI classifies as the nation’s leading domestic terrorist threat, claimed responsibility for many of the dozen fires that plagued Oregon.

Indicted were two luminaries of the radical environmental movement, including Jonathan Paul, an Applegate Valley resident who gave interviews to The Oregonian in 1999, and Darren Thurston, a convicted eco-saboteur from Canada.

Eight of the 11 suspects are already in custody after an unprecedented coast to coast roundup last month, the largest bust of accused eco-saboteurs in history. Three others remain at large and are believed to be abroad, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told a news conference in Washington, D.C.

Gonzales was joined at the news conference by FBI Director Robert Mueller and Carl Truscott, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

“The message to any group contemplating such actions should be this — we will be relentless in finding you and bringing you to justice,” said Truscott.

The arsons began in October 1996, when the Earth Liberation Front torched a pickup at the Detroit ranger station in the Willamette National Forest and left a plastic jug rigged as an incendiary on the rooftop.

Spray-painted graffiti read, “Leave the forests alone, and no one gets hurt.”

A few days later, saboteurs left no such calling card when they torched the Oakridge ranger station on the other end of the national forest, southeast of Eugene, a loss calculated at up to $9 million.

The Colorado arson was the coup de main of the Earth Liberation Front. The conflagration stood for nearly five years as the most destructive act of eco-sabotage in U.S. history.

Multiple fires broke out early in Vail on the morning of Oct. 19, 1998, destroying ski lifts and an immense lodge under construction on the slopes of the resort. The Earth Liberation Front soon claimed responsibility for the blaze.

“For your safety and convenience,” the ELF wrote in a claim of responsibility, “we strongly advise skiers to choose other destinations until Vail cancels its inexcusable plans for expansion.”

Photos of the Vail arson, including the Two Elks lodge fully aflame, became an icon of the underground Earth Liberation Front, which used the image on its Web site.

The ELF and ALF have claimed responsiblity or otherwise been implicated in more than $100 million in damages in the past decade. The groups have sought to punish the enterprises they accused of harming the planet and its creatures for a profit.

Some of their most frequent targets have been logging operations, luxury homes under construction, SUV dealerships, biomedical labs and mink farms.

The Vail arson was dwarfed in the summer of 2003, when the ELF struck a massive apartment complex under construction in San Diego. The fire was one of many in California that season, which came to be known as the Summer of Fire.

A series of attacks followed in the months and years after the Vail arson, including massive fires at U.S. Forest Industries in Medford, Superior Lumber Co. in Glendale, Jefferson Poplar Farm near Clatskanie, and three in Eugene: Joe Romania Chevrolet, Childers Meat Co. and a Eugene police substation.

The recent arrests have not stopped eco-saboteurs.

Federal investigators said Thursday night that a fire that destroyed a mansion under construction at the north end of Camano Island, Wash. apparently was an act of ecoterrorism. A pink bedsheet draped over the gate leading to the 9,600-square-foot house overlooking Skagit Bay was spray-painted with a threatening message and bore the signature of someone claiming to be associated with the Earth Liberation Front, FBI agents said Thursday night.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimated the loss at about $2 million. There were no injuries.

“A message left at the scene claiming responsibility appears to have been written by an environmental extremist group, but at this time we are not ruling out any motive for the arson,” said Laura Laughlin, FBI special agent in charge.

The FBI, which investigates potential cases of ecoterrorism, has found banner bedsheets at other fires started by people claiming to be associated with the ELF, agent Roberta A. Burroughs said.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: alf; arson; ecoterrorism; elf; envirowhackos; ratcrime; ratviolence
Fifth article in the link. Some of the freakazoid sites had some information(really, just gossip) about this. This is the first published report I have come across. There is still a grand jury scheduled for Feb 18, so I expect more arrests.
1 posted on 01/20/2006 7:04:08 PM PST by crazyhorse691
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To: crazyhorse691

They have the story of their members being arrested on their home page !!!

http://www.earthliberationfront.com/


2 posted on 01/20/2006 7:09:24 PM PST by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: crazyhorse691

I certainly hope you're correct about there being more arrests to come. I think the ones already in custody are in for a long stretch of free room and board.


3 posted on 01/20/2006 7:11:42 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: crazyhorse691
This is one of the few times - recently - I'd raise a beer to the Federal Government.
4 posted on 01/20/2006 7:13:01 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Libertarians are Anarchists who bathe.)
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To: crazyhorse691

Darren Thurston...such a "sweet" man...thank you AG Gonzalez.

http://freedarren.org/


5 posted on 01/20/2006 7:14:11 PM PST by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: crazyhorse691
Excellent. Being formerly of Oregon I love it whenever these snotty little pukes get caught, because terrorists they are, and no doubt.
6 posted on 01/20/2006 7:15:05 PM PST by starbase (Understanding Written Propaganda (click "starbase" to learn 22 manipulating tricks!!))
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To: Popman
From their home page The Earth Liberation Front "ELF" is an underground movement with no leadership, membership or official spokesperson.

Then how can they have a formal web page with this disclaimer? Who made the decision to write that? Who pays for it? I am so confused.

7 posted on 01/20/2006 7:15:22 PM PST by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: Popman
Thanks for the link. I haven't been to their site today. Portlandindymedia is all of a sudden kinda quiet about this and have removed a couple of previous posts. They seemed to be scared of snitches which in their paranoid world is a Big scare.
8 posted on 01/20/2006 7:17:30 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Diplomacy doesn't work when seagulls rain on your parade. A shotgun and umbrella does.)
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To: crazyhorse691

They are lucky that in the middle of a terrorist/Liberal atack the owner did not show up with a 12 gauge loaded with 31/2"Magnum shells and did everyone a 'Favor"


9 posted on 01/20/2006 7:18:48 PM PST by Steveone (Liberalism is a brain tumor!)
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To: crazyhorse691

Saw the newsy conference on the tube, the LMSM went right to NSA and UBL, they were not concerned with domestic terr perps of their own ilk.


10 posted on 01/20/2006 9:31:17 PM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: crazyhorse691; oregon; abcraghead; aimhigh; Archie Bunker on steroids; bicycle thug; blackie; ...

Oregon Ping

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Oregon Ping List.

11 posted on 01/20/2006 9:31:41 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: crazyhorse691; SierraWasp; Grampa Dave

I saw Gonzalez (AJ) and Moulder (FBI) on CSPAN making some statements...must have been about this.


12 posted on 01/21/2006 5:18:45 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: crazyhorse691

"coup de main"

Nice $10.00 word there, I had to look it up!


13 posted on 01/21/2006 6:28:40 AM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; tubebender; george76; Shermy; NormsRevenge; Carry_Okie

Thanks for the ping. The Bay area channel 5 had a long and very fair balanced story on the eco thugs arrested in Sacramento and with tie ins to other groups. The local ABC station apparently had a good 5 minute section on this.


14 posted on 01/21/2006 6:53:53 AM PST by Grampa Dave (The NY Slimes has been committing treason and sedition for decades.)
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To: w1andsodidwe
Whois address

Administrative Contact

emailmachine
Andrew S Reigle
PO Box 1412
Los Gatos
US
95031
7073181953
info@emailmachine.net

But check this out. Very interesting

On January, 2005 after being shut down for a period, an apparently fake website representing the ELF was registered to Andrew S Reigle at eMailmachine in California under the old domain. Current statements on the website indicate that there is no longer a spokesperson for the group. In addition to viagra ads and other questionable advertising on the website, there are now articles which discredit the organization itself. There are some suspicions that FBI shut down the original site and has created this one to lure and capture other would be eco-terrorists; however, it is currently unclear what has happened to the former spokespeople for the organization, and why the original website was shut down.

Link

15 posted on 01/21/2006 6:58:46 AM PST by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: crazyhorse691
See Post #15
16 posted on 01/21/2006 7:01:54 AM PST by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: crazyhorse691
Links of interest from Michelle Malkin Blog :

CRACKING DOWN ON ECOTERRORISM
January 20, 2006 12:50 PM

17 posted on 01/21/2006 7:13:31 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: Grampa Dave

See link at #17 for link to indictment detail.


18 posted on 01/21/2006 7:15:44 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I love it when they get these jerks! I'd like it even better if we shoot a few in the comission of a crime. Maybe some of those who aren't as stupid, may consider that actions get reactions.


19 posted on 01/21/2006 7:18:31 AM PST by Issaquahking (Build nukes, Harvest timber, Drill ANWR, Because it's good earth use, not abuse!!!)
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To: crazyhorse691; george76; tubebender; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Shermy; Carry_Okie; blackie; ...

The local CBS tv station had an excellent report on these terrorists and some more in California last night. The link below will you to the link for the written story and the tv report can be seen by clicking its icon.

http://cbs5.com/topstories/local_story_020170724.html


20 posted on 01/21/2006 7:19:34 AM PST by Grampa Dave (The NY Slimes has been committing treason and sedition for decades.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks for the link.


21 posted on 01/21/2006 7:21:07 AM PST by Grampa Dave (The NY Slimes has been committing treason and sedition for decades.)
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To: Grampa Dave; sasquatch
These might be the same thugs who poisoned the fish in our local hatchery (manned by volunteers, btw, not DFG).
22 posted on 01/21/2006 7:27:51 AM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: crazyhorse691

About time !!!!


23 posted on 01/21/2006 7:33:14 AM PST by Dustbunny (As happy as a toad in the Lord's pocket.)
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To: Carry_Okie; Shermy; Ernest_at_the_Beach; tubebender

We are probably just scratching the surface of the damage done by these eco thugs on the West Coast and later damage by the Wanna Bees they left here.

Was it Santa Cruz University that had the bad fire in a Genetic Building section of the university a few years ago or the UC extension at old Fort Ord?

The powers to be refused to even consider that the fire might have been set by ALF/ELF.

The Nimbus Fish Hatchery on the American River, below Nimbus dam, was apparently one of the targets. Actions like the one you cited and the planned one at Nimbus are another part of their behavior against using genetics to produce better food and at a lower cost.


24 posted on 01/21/2006 7:40:21 AM PST by Grampa Dave (The NY Slimes has been committing treason and sedition for decades.)
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To: Grampa Dave
Was it Santa Cruz University that had the bad fire in a Genetic Building section of the university a few years ago or the UC extension at old Fort Ord?

Right you are. Good memory, Grampa Dave.

January 12, 2002, Fire guts UC labs, By JASON SCHULTZ, Sentinel staff writer

25 posted on 01/21/2006 7:45:34 AM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: Carry_Okie
These might be the same thugs who poisoned the fish in our local hatchery

I'll try to get some photos to BarbaraMC... She saw some seedy charactars hanging around shortly before the chlorine went in.
26 posted on 01/21/2006 8:21:29 AM PST by sasquatch
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To: Carry_Okie

gotta run...FYI
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/01/21/BAGKHGR1D91.DTL
The next-to-last para. is priceless.


27 posted on 01/21/2006 8:51:12 AM PST by sasquatch
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To: sasquatch
Racists. ;-)
28 posted on 01/21/2006 9:22:41 AM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: crazyhorse691; Grampa Dave; Salvation

Thanks for the post, the pings, and the link.

Doncha love the way they are being called "domestic terrorists"?

LOL


29 posted on 01/21/2006 11:07:03 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: sasquatch

LOL!

Speciesists... ;o)


30 posted on 01/21/2006 11:10:16 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: crazyhorse691

Well, I certainly do hope the NSA wasn't involved with wire taps on these American citizens, the democrat party is going to be angry enough about their indictments.


31 posted on 01/21/2006 11:12:25 AM PST by RushLake (The Democratic party--Mary Jo Kopechne is unavailable for comment.)
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To: starbase

I just wish they'd start arresting the snotty little pukes that work for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality another giant pack of stalinists.


32 posted on 01/21/2006 11:14:18 AM PST by RushLake (The Democratic party--Mary Jo Kopechne is unavailable for comment.)
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To: Salvation

Hang 'em High ~ Bump!


33 posted on 01/21/2006 12:09:13 PM PST by blackie
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To: Grampa Dave

Hang 'em High ~ Bump!


34 posted on 01/21/2006 12:33:46 PM PST by blackie
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To: crazyhorse691

More details.
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/113781571020420.xml&coll=7&thispage=1


35 posted on 01/21/2006 1:12:49 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Diplomacy doesn't work when seagulls rain on your parade. A shotgun and umbrella does.)
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