- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 13, 2002

A former spokesman for an environmental group that has carried out 600 attacks since 1996 took the Fifth Amendment more than 50 times during questioning before a House panel yesterday.
The efforts by the House subcommittee on forests and forest health to shed light on the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and its companion, the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), were frustrated when Craig Rosebraugh repeatedly refused to answer questions from members of Congress.
"I'll take the Fifth Amendment," Mr. Rosebraugh said more than 50 times to questions including whether he worked on an ELF training film and who paid for his lawyer.
Mr. Rosebraugh was subpoenaed to testify at the request of Rep. Scott McInnis, Colorado Republican and the panel's chairman.
Mr. Rosebraugh has said he relayed anonymous messages on ELF's behalf from 1997 until he quit in September, but had no firsthand knowledge of any attacks.
FBI specialist James F. Jarboe said that since 1996, the ALF and ELF have caused $43 million in damage in more than 600 attacks, including spray-painting buildings; breaking windows; and firebombing fur farms, research centers and a ski resort.
Nobody has died yet in an ELF or ALF attack, but Mr. McInnis said it is wrong to think of the eco-terrorists as "nature-loving hippies."
"These are hardened criminals," he said.
"They are dangerous, they are well-funded, they are savvy, sophisticated and stealthy it is only a matter of time before their parade of terror results in a lost human life."

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