- The Washington Times - Monday, March 25, 2002

America has a burning problem with domestic terrorism. Just ask the residents of Vail, Colo., Medford, Ore. or Seattle. They have had property torched by members of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF). Since 1996, ecoterrorists representing those organizations have committed more than 600 acts of arson and other mayhem and caused over $43 million worth of damage.
It's no wonder that while testifying this week before the Forests and Forest Health subcommittee of the House Resources Committee, James F. Jarbone, the FBI's domestic terrorism section chief, said that, "As far as activity, destruction, and danger to the public, I'd put ELF/ALF at the top of the list." At the top of the committee's list of witnesses was Craig Rosebraugh, the former press officer of the ELF, who appeared at the point of a subpoena. Although Rosebraugh was courageous enough to submit an incendiary manifesto calling for a violent revolution (that was not, incidentally, printed on recycled paper), he took the Fifth Amendment with conviction.
Hopefully, that won't be enough to save him or any of the other ecoterrorists from being jailed for any crimes which they may be convicted of. Some of those crimes can be read in a 47-page year-end report issued by the ELF and ALF, in which they took credit for 67 illegal actions in 2001. Instructions for igniting those actions of arson can be downloaded at ALF's website, which features the manual, "Arson-Around with Auntie ALF: Your guide to putting heat on animal abusers everywhere," and ELF's website, which has the manual "Setting Fires With Electrical Timers."
People have already been burned by their actions. One firefighter was injured while extinguishing the ELF-set fire at a lodge in Vail which caused $12 million worth of damage. ELF's 1998 firebombing of the headquarters of U.S. Forest Industries in Medford caused over $900,000 in damage and forced the company to move its corporate headquarters. Last May, ecoterrorists set fires that destroyed the University of Washington's Center for Urban Horticulture, causing over $5 million in damage, and destroying years of research. It's well past time to put the heat back on the ecoterrorists.


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