May 19, 2005

And the FBI's coveted #1 terror group award goes to...

Apparently bombing abortion clinics and shooting doctors doesn't get you the #1 slot anymore.

To be #1 you have to do something really terrible.

Like vandalism?


Blogger The Laird of Madrona said...

Ewww, the Chicago Tribune wants my email address. Can you tell us which group it is?

May 19, 2005 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger The Sum of All Monkeys said...

FBI says eco-terror in U.S. is top threat

By John Heilprin
Associated Press
Published May 19, 2005

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.

Animal Liberation Front says on its Web site that 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. Earth Liberation Front is an underground movement with no public leadership, membership or spokesperson.

British-based Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty 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 activists and eco-extremists so far have refrained from violence targeting human life.

"The FBI has observed troubling signs that this is changing. We have seen an escalation in violent rhetoric and tactics," he told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "Attacks are also growing in frequency and size."

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

"Just like Al Qaeda 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 arson, bombings, theft, animal releases and vandalism.

May 19, 2005 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Undersecretary to the Deputy Commissariat said...

Laird, the next time a site wants your personal information go here first:

May 19, 2005 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger The Laird of Madrona said...

Cool. Whattadeal!

May 20, 2005 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger The Sum of All Monkeys said...

Keeping with the ancient and mystic tradition developed in the dark ages of the early internet I sign up to all sites like this with the username/password combo "cyberpunk/cyberpunk"

And since others out there are also indoctrinated into this ancient practice, I often find that I can get into a site I've never been to before by using the aforementioned username/password combo.

May 20, 2005 at 12:11 PM  

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