Skip to comments.Accused eco-saboteur Rebecca Rubin surrenders at Canadian border
Posted on 11/29/2012 1:27:16 PM PST by jazusamo
Rebecca Rubin A 39-year-old woman accused of eco-sabotage in three Western states turned herself in to U.S. authorities at the Canadian border on Thursday morning.
Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, a Canadian, had been on the run for a decade before surrendering in Blaine, Wash. She is accused of multiple counts of arson as part of a conspiracy with 12 other people from 1996 to 2001 in five Western states.
The charges against Rubin include a Nov. 30, 1997, arson at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Facility in Harney county near Burns and the Dec. 22, 1998, attempted arson at the offices of the U.S. Forest Industries, Inc., in Medford. She's also accused of involvement in the Oct. 19, 1998, arson attack that destroyed the Two Elk Lodge and other buildings at the Vail ski resort in Eagle County, Colorado.
Rubin faces federal charges in California as well in the attack Oct. 15, 2001, of the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Corrals near Susanville, Calif.
Federal authorities say Rubin was part of the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front, both underground movements that the government has labeled terrorist organizations. She was indicted on federal charges in Oregon along with 12 others in January 2006 in connection with a coordinated campaign that caused an estimated $23 million in damage between 1996 and 2001 in Oregon, California, Washington, Wyoming and Colorado.
When the indictment was issued eight had already been arrested in a nationwide sweep in the most extensive bust of suspected eco-saboteurs in U.S. history.
The group took oaths of secrecy and called itself "The Family." They built firebombs, scouted their targets, took dry runs then dressed in black, donned masks and carried two-way radios during attacks.
Rubin shares a name with an 18-inch American Girl doll, produced by a Middleton, Wis., company which was released in 2009. The FBI hoped publicity from the doll would help bring Rubin to justice, according to a story in The New York Times.
Any publicity that gets the word out that our Rebecca Rubin is wanted on various charges is certainly beneficial, said Beth Anne Steele, a spokeswoman for the F.B.I. in Oregon.
In August 2007, 10 other defendants were sentenced to prison terms from about three to 13 years after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in Eugene to conspiracy and multiple counts of arson. Two defendants -- Joseph Mahmoud Dibee and Josephine Sunshine Overaker -- are still at large.
Rubin will make an initial court appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle and then will be transferred to Oregon to face trial.
Any relation to Jerry Rubin of 1960’s radical infamy?
Rubin turns herself in, Ping. Two to go.
Guilty beyond a doubt.
Nice Manstash, I sure it will very popular in prison.
I’ve never seen the two connected in the articles I’ve read.
That’s a man baby
Wow, she’s a dead ringer for one of my male coworkers.
Come to think of it, I’ve never seen them both at the same time. Hmm...
She is soooooo ugly that she would make a train take a dirt road!
LOL! I have to agree.
Incredible similarity between the American Doll version.
There should be a pool on how many days it’s been since she last bathed.
Wonder if this eco-terrorist got a pre-arranged plea deal to surrender?
I guess that’s a possibility and it wouldn’t surprise me.
Sounds like she’ll be going to federal court in Eugene, Oregon. Wonder if Judge Ann Aiken will be the judge like in the other trials there.
Interesting that they used the phrase eco-saboteur : not terrorist?
I thought that strange too. They never used that term with the rest of them and the leftists were raising heck about labeling them as terrorists.
I wonder if the Holder/Obama criminal alliance has anything to do with that?
At least she could have shaved or something for her mugshot.
Isn’t it the truth? :-)
Not people you’d want to take home to introduce to Mom and some were from well to do families.
Yeah, chick has a mustache like a Mexican bandit.
From well to do families, like Che and Bin Laden.....
She’ll probably get a Ambassador post in the Oh’Bummer administration. It’s been so long that I have forgotten the names of the FReepers who were following this...
Ping to post #29.
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.
My pleasure, FRiend.
The Federal Judge may not have signed onto the plea bargain terms ?
Sure that’s not a man?
I’m not at all sure what its gender is. :-)