Skip to comments.Environmentalist fights U.S. extradition
Posted on 06/27/2005 7:56:25 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - A radical environmentalist who is one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives told an extradition hearing Monday he was being unfairly targeted by the U.S. government and should be allowed to remain in Canada.
Tre Arrow, born Michael Scarpitti, is accused of taking part in the 2001 firebombings of logging and cement trucks in Oregon. The FBI also claims he is associated with the Earth Liberation Front, a group that has claimed responsibility for dozens of acts of destruction over the past few years.
"I am being targeted by the U.S. government and the FBI, not because I am guilty but because I have chosen to challenge the status quo," Arrow, and a Green Party candidate for Congress in 2000, said at his extradition hearing.
In order for an extradition to be ordered, the judge must find there is sufficient evidence to convict the accused on the same charges in Canada.
Prosecutor Rosellina Patillo said evidence from the federal prosecutor in Oregon indicates Arrow was among four conspirators involved in the bombings of a gravel company and a logging company between April and June of 2001. The evidence comes from statements of Arrow's three coconspirators who have pleaded guilty.
The suspects intended to firebomb a U.S. Forest Service office, but abandoned the idea after they found the security system was too tight, Patillo said.
Arrow is seeking refugee status in Canada, his lawyer said.
The 30-year-old Arrow - who says the trees told him to change his name - contends he would not get a fair trial in the United States because of the FBI's assertion that his alleged crimes are acts of terrorism.
He faces federal charges in Oregon of using fire to commit a felony, destroying vehicles used in interstate commerce and using incendiary devices in a crime of violence. He faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.
I have no sympathy for eco-morons who destroy property. Don't drop the soap in the shower Tre-e ....
Nutball Michael Scarpitti FYI PING
Hey Mike Scar Pit, what kind of drugs you on? Tell me so I'll avoid them at all costs. ....I used to live down the street from a fellow who was involved in the Seattle riots a few years ago. He complained to me he was tear-gassed and sent to jail for a week where he only got bologna sandwiches to eat. He complained, "I'm a vegetarian, I don't eat bologna, I don't believe in killing animals. I had to throw out the meat and just eat the bread."
He looks more like a retarded Michael Scarpitti than he does a retarded Tre Arrow.
Wow. He really cleared things up there.
Another fine failure of the union controlled educational system to teach to the pride and dignity of American traditions.
Do you mean you haven't met Grandmother Moon and Grandfather Sun?! Shame on you! lol!
How long has Canada had this Green Jihadist Terrorist?
He kind of looks like Serial Killer Ted Bundy!
I'm thinking O'Neal from the Movie Platoon.
You may recall him getting picked up for shoplifting at Canadian Tire a while back. That was March 15, 2004, and we're still waiting.
I knew that he was arrested last year. I didn't remember that it was in March.
Good let the Canadians keep him. He can't start fires and organize them in Canada. Also, the pro jihadist Canadian government will have the expenses of holding him.
Unfortunately, I rather doubt that the Canadians are holding him in custody.