Undercover informant used in ecoterrorism investigation
"An undercover informant helped investigators tape a conversation with one of the seven alleged radical environmentalists accused in a series of arson attacks and other crimes in the Pacific Northwest between 1998 and 2001. Existence of the informant was disclosed last week by an investigator in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., during a bail hearing for Daniel McGowan, 31, who faces indictments that he and another man firebombed the office of a wood products mill in Glendale and the office and truck shop of a tree farm in Clatskanie in 2001."
"The Earth Liberation Front, an underground group that advocates economic sabotage to stop environmental destruction, took credit for the two fires. The FBI describes the group as one of the nation's leading domestic terrorist organizations. "
I will continue to assert my belief that the Earth Liberation Front does not exist. ELF is simply a slogan spraypainted by individuals. ELF is a concept that has been growing, it has no centralized organizational structure, it has no leaders. My belief is that the appearance of an organized and violent pro-environment movement has been created by the media after these 7 recent arrests in conjunction with those seeking the reauthorization of the Patriot Act. Nowhere have I seen proof that anyone of any organization took credit for these acts of arson. It's simply not true. Where is the proof of this? There hasn't been a single advocate for monkey-wrenching or economic sabotage since Ed Abbey passed away. If you can find proof that ELF exists, please send it to me.
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