December 30, 2015 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Environmental Extremism

PORTLAND, [OR]--On December 7, 2005, FBI agents and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs) in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Virginia, and New York initiated the takedown of the most prolific domestic terrorism cell of the time: The Family. The case—Operation Backfire—was considered a “major case” by the FBI, meaning the investigators were able to draw on additional resources from across the country as they identified, charged, and arrested those responsible. Although the FBI’s Portland Division managed the case, agents from Seattle, Denver, and Sacramento all played significant roles. FBI agents tied "The Family", as the members called themselves, to more than 40 crimin  

September 27, 2014 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Environmental Extremism

MALTBY, [WA]--A bulldozer was stolen early Wednesday morning from a work site near Highway 522 and driven into the base of a power-line tower, damaging it but not bringing it down. The FBI has taken over the investigation. Anti-capitalism and radical environmentalist graffiti was spray-painted at the scene and on nearby structures, according to the Bonneville Power Administration, which operates the transmission line. Service was not affected by the incident, said Mike Hansen, a BPA spokesman. Snohomish County sheriff's deputies secured the site after it was reported late Wednesday morning. The case was handed over to the FBI because an important part of the regional energy grid was intentio  

March 4, 2014 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Environmental Extremism

AUKLAND, [NZ]—Japanese whalers and Sea Shepherd activists are continuing to clash in the Southern Ocean, with the Japanese accusing the environmental group of acts of sabotage. Japan's Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) says crew from the Sea Shepherd's ship Bob Barker (BB) tried to sever a steel warning wire the Yushin Maru (YS1) and Yushin Maru No 3 (YS3) were towing. The institute also claims the Bob Barker came "dangerously close" to its two vessels, forcing them to broadcast warning messages and spray a water pump to try and keep the activists away. Sea Shepherd has in turn interpreted the towing of steel wire as an offensive by the Japanese. On Sunday, the group's spokesman Adam   

March 4, 2014 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Environmental Extremism

SAN DIEGO, [CA]—Court documents filed in San Diego Superior Court reveal that prosecutors allege two UCSD students set two separate fires on campus as an act of eco-terrorism to try to prevent a Starbucks from opening on campus. Twenty-two year old Holly Nguyen and 21-year-old Maya Land have pleaded not guilty to charges of arson in the December incident. Prosecutors allege that the two undergrads, who were captured on surveillance video entering the Price Center on the UCSD campus shortly before the fires were set in two separate restrooms, were part of the 'Earth Liberation Front' or ELF, the collective name for individuals or factions that resort to "eco-terrorism" to stop, in their vie  

August 22, 2013 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Environmental Extremism

PORTLAND, [OR]—A woman who surrendered after a decade as a fugitive in the nation's largest eco-terrorism case is expected to enter guilty pleas on Oct. 10, court records show. Rebecca Rubin, 39, was accused in a federal indictment of being a member of cells of the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front known as "The Family." Investigators blame the Eugene group for 20 fires across the West from 1996 to 2001 that did $40 million in damage. Rubin has been in custody since surrendering in November 2012 to the FBI at the Canadian border with Washington state. At the time, her lawyer said she wanted to get the case behind her. Rubin was charged with helping set fire to buildings  

July 24, 2013 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Environmental Extremism

STOCKBRIDGE, [MI]—Four people were arrested Monday at the site of a pipeline protest northwest of Stockbridge have been charged with a felony. Vickie Rose Hamlin, 59, of Michigan City; Lisa Michelle Leggio, 35, of Holland; Barbara Ellen Carter, 22, of Detroit; and William Michael Lawrence, 22, of East Lansing are charged with restricting or obstructing police (a felony) and trespassing (a misdemeanor). Seven others were arrested, charged with trespassing and released on bond. There were 20 to 30 demonstrators gathered early Monday, July 22, at the site of an Enbridge gas pipeline construction project in the area of Grimes Road and Dexter Trail. the individuals arrested are part of the M  

July 14, 2013 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Environmental Extremism

UNITED STATES, [US]—Fueled by a recent onslaught of disinformation and fear-mongering about plant bio-technology - or perhaps by its continuing successes - extremists engaged in acts of eco-terrorism are back after a ten year hiatus. We are seeing a return to criminal acts of vandalism, which the FBI calls economic sabotage, against research field trials of genetically engineered (also known as genetically modified, or GM) crop plants. Over two nights in June, unknown criminals destroyed two separate research field trials in Oregon of genetically engineered sugar beets that are resistant to the effects of herbicide glyphosate. The term "economic sabotage", which was first coined and is p  

June 27, 2013 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Environmental Extremism

BUFFALO, [NY]—Leslie James Pickering knows the FBI is watching him. He wants to know how, when it will end and whether others are targeted. Pickering, a former spokesman for the press office of the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group, has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Buffalo to learn the answers. Pickering's ties to the Earth Liberation Front, or ELF, are well known. He was a founder and spokesman for its press office, but he claims he was never involved in their illegal activities. View More>>  

January 11, 2013 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Environmental Extremism

GRANTS PASS, [OR]—A woman who spent a decade as a fugitive from the largest ecoterrorism investigation in U.S. history is due in federal court in Oregon to face conspiracy and arson charges. Rebecca Rubin, a 39-year-old Canadian citizen, was to be arraigned Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Eugene. Rubin turned herself in at the Canadian border with Washington last November. A federal indictment accuses her of being a member of an ecoterrorism group known as "The Family" based in Eugene, which investigators blame for 20 fires across the West from 1996 to 2001 that did $40 million damage. Among the group's targets were a ski resort in Colorado, wild horse corrals in Oregon and N  

January 9, 2013 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Environmental Extremism

UNITED STATES, [US]—To comply with the ruling of the United States 9th District Court and to keep Operation Zero Tolerance on track, Capt. Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), makes some surprising moves. In a press release yesterday, Watson announced that he would be stepping down as the President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the United States and as President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Australia. Watson added that he has also resigned his position of Executive Director of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA and would cede captaincy of the SSS Steve Irwin to Captain Siddharth Chakravarty for the extent of the campaign. The move cam