Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Eco-Terrorist Finally Getting The Attention They Crave

The Eco-Terrorist have been performing acts of destruction to get attention, well they are now getting all attention they can handle from the FBI.
WASHINGTON -- Environmental and animal rights activists who have turned to arson and explosives are the nation's top domestic terrorism threat, an FBI official told a Senate committee on Wednesday.

Groups such as the Animal Liberation Front, the Earth Liberation Front and Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty are "way out in front" in terms of damage and number of crimes, said John Lewis, the FBI's deputy assistant director for counterterrorism.

"There is nothing else going on in this country over the last several years that is racking up the high number of violent crimes and terrorist actions," Lewis said.

ALF says on its Web site that its small, autonomous groups of people take "direct action" against animal abuse by rescuing animals and causing financial loss to animal exploiters, usually through damage and destruction of property. ELF is an underground movement with no public leadership, membership or spokesperson.

The British-based SHAC describes itself as a worldwide campaign since 1999 to rescue animals tortured in research labs and shut down the businesses that rely on their use. It says it "does not encourage or incite illegal activity."

Lewis said the FBI reached its conclusion after analyzing all types of cases and comparing the groups with "right-wing extremists, KKK, anti-abortion groups and the like." He said most animal rights and eco-extremists so far have refrained from violence targeting human life.

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., the panel's chairman, said he hoped to examine more closely how the groups might be getting assistance in fund-raising and communications from tax-exempt organizations' "mainstream activists" not directly blamed for the violence.

"Just like al-Qaida or any other terrorist organization, ELF and ALF cannot accomplish their goals without money, membership and the media," Inhofe said.

The FBI said 35 of its offices have 150 open investigations, with activists claiming credit for 1,200 crimes between 1990 and mid-2004.

Investigators cite examples of people using arson, bombings, theft, animal releases, vandalism, harassing phone calls, letters rigged with razor blades, and office takeovers.

It's about time these domestic terrorist slimeballs get the attention of the FBI. And it's about time that that someone pays attention to their funding (can you say Sierra Club, Donk politicians and Liberal Foundations?). I say we treat anyone found funding them as we would Islamic groups funding Islamic Terrorists, cut them off at the knees and shut them down. Terrorism is Terrorism, whether it is an Islamic Nutcase or a Birkenstock wearing, animal groping, Hippie Nutcase, they either need to be shot or jailed, to be stopped. I am glad that the Gov't is on their tail, maybe they will think twice (I doubt it) before destroying other people's property and taking lives.

Mr Minority