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Eco-Terrorists in America

November 28, 2001

Since September 11, attacks by a home-grown eco-terrorist group known as the Earth Liberation Front have grown more destructive and brazen, says the Wall Street Journal.

  • ELF first surfaced when it blew up that source of all modern evil, an automobile, in Oregon's Willamette National Forest in 1996.
  • The group and its parent, Animal Liberation Front, have since taken credit for scores of crimes, their favorite being arson; in 1998 they firebombed a Vail ski resort, destroying $12 million in property and endangering dozens of firefighters.
  • The Portland Oregonian credits ELF with 33 major crimes in just five years and property losses of $26 million.

The group has continued its attacks in the weeks following Sept. 11.

  • Just nine days after the World Trade Center fell, ALF members torched a New Mexico primate lab.
  • On Oct. 15 they firebombed a federal corral for wild horses near Litchfield, Calif.
  • In November, two homemade bombs were discovered near a Michigan Tech University lab that conducts research for the forestry industry -- ELF is a prime suspect.

On their Web site are how-to primers on "The politics and practicalities of arson" and "What to do if a federal agent tries to question you." Or check out: "Setting Fires With Electrical Timers -- An Earth Liberation Front Guide."

No humans have yet been killed in an ELF or ALF attack, though law enforcement agencies say it's only a matter of time.

Source: Editorial, "Green Terror," Wall Street Journal, November 23, 2001.

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