Four American Eco-Terrorists Indicted in Oregon, by Tom Randall

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 11.

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

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