DATE: August 16, 2002
BACKGROUND: A four-count indictment against four American
alleged fire bombers was handed down August 14, 2002 in U.S. District
Court in Portland, Oregon. The four -- Jacob Sherman, Angela Cesarion,
Jeremy Rosenbloom and Michael Scarpetti - are accused of fire
bombing three trucks belonging to Schoppert Logging, Inc. near
Estacada Oregon, according to a report by Bryan Denson in the
September 15 issue of the Portland Oregonian.
U.S. Attorney Mike Mosman said investigators found similarities
between this bombing and a string of bombings by the ecoterrorist
group, Earth Liberation Front, beginning in 1996 and continuing
even now, after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the
World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
TEN SECOND RESPONSE: Ecoterrorists are exactly the same
kind of cowardly extremists who attacked America on September
THIRTY SECOND RESPONSE: Members of the Earth Liberation
Front and all those who follow ELF's exhortations to bomb, burn
and put American lives at risk, supposedly in the name of protecting
the environment, are no different than those who attacked us on
September 11. Congress should impose the strongest penalties for
such crimes and the FBI and U.S. Attorneys should enhance efforts
to apprehend these cowards. Everything necessary to aid in this
effort must be put at the disposal of law enforcement.
DISCUSSION: Rep. George Nethercutt (R-WA) has repeatedly
introduced a bill to provide stiffer penalties for ecoterrorism
acts, including the death penalty for attacks in which someone
is killed. So far, the bill has not been granted a vote in either
the House or Senate.
More evidence of the extreme nature of the Earth Liberation
Front easily can be found in their own words and pictures on their
website at http://www.earthliberationfront.com.
by Tom Randall, Director
John P. McGovern, MD Center for Environmental and Regulatory Affairs
The National Center for Public Policy Research
Contact the author at: (773) 857-5086 or [email protected]
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