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Eco-terrorists are known to have launched at least 33 major acts of
terrorism, with damage estimated to be in excess of $28 million, in the last
four years. Instead of launching a national offensive against these known
terrorists, the FBI chose to denigrate Christians and opponents of global
governance, in its infamous “Project Megiddo” report. Instead of profiling
law-abiding citizens to label as “potential” terrorists, perhaps the FBI
would better serve the country by profiling the idiots who get their kicks
by blowing up other people’s property.

The Earth Liberation Front proudly claimed responsibility for burning
Boise Cascade’s regional headquarters in Monmouth, Ore., on Christmas day.
Their press release announced: “Early Christmas morning, elves left coal in
Boise Cascade’s stocking. Four buckets of diesel gas with kitchen timer
delay, destroyed their regional headquarters.”

It’s been more than a year since ELF claimed responsibility for
destroying part of the Vail, Colo., ski resort, causing $12 million in
damage. No arrests!

The Animal Liberation Front has left a long trail of break-ins and
destruction at animal testing labs across the country. Letters containing
razor blades were sent to 83 scientists involved in animal research. Edward
Walsh of the Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, received a fax
that said: “I’m coming to Omaha to see the three of you (wife & 5-year old
son) very soon. We’ll have so much fun together. I’m glad you like
experiments. I have a few of my own to perform. And I hope that you die and
your death will come soon.”

Where is the FBI?

David Tubbs is a former national chief of counterterrorism for the FBI.
He says, “Attempting to open a case against ALF is like trying to grab
Jell-O.”

What about profiling? The FBI was not at all reluctant to issue a report
identifying the characteristics of so-called “potential” terrorists who
believe in Christianity or national sovereignty. Why is there not a similar
report identifying the characteristics of potential eco-terrorists?

Those characteristics are widely known. Begin with Edward Abbey’s novel,
“The Monkeywrench Gang,” made more famous by Earth First! founder Dave
Foreman’s “Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching.” Dave Foreman, and
colleague Reed F. Noss are the fathers of the prized “Wildlands Project,”
which Bill Clinton is implementing by presidential decree in his 40-million
acre land lock-up. The FBI could hardly identify someone like that as a
potential terrorist, now could they? Reed Noss was employed by Clinton’s
Department of Interior. It could be quite embarrassing to identify the
characteristics of potential eco-terrorists.

What are the characteristics of an eco-terrorist? We don’t have to look
too far. The Unabomber is a classic example. Is it reasonable to consider
his philosophy, as expressed in his widely publicized “Manifesto,” and
compare his philosophy to statements made by others. Should others who share
the Unabomber’s philosophy be labeled as potential terrorists, as the FBI
has labeled Christians and patriots?

If the same tactics employed by the FBI against Christians and advocates
of national sovereignty are applied to potential eco-terrorists, then most
of the Clinton administration would turn up on the list. Al Gore would
probably be at the top of the list. Even a casual read of Gore’s “Earth in
the Balance” and the Unabomber’s “Manifesto” reveal striking similarities of
thought.

In his book, Ecoterror: The Violent Agenda to Save Nature, author
Ron Arnold carefully compares Gore’s statements with statements made by the
Unabomber (pp. 57-59). The statements come from two people of the same
mind.

No one wants to believe that eco-terrorism is rampant and on the rise
because the Clinton/Gore administration is in agreement with their goals.
But it is hard to justify how the FBI and the ATF can get so hot and
bothered about the “potential” acts of the guy in Ruby Ridge, or the poor
folks at Waco, while apparently ignoring the very real deeds of
eco-terrorists.

Somehow, it just doesn’t wash to hear the FBI excuse its ineffectiveness
by saying the ALF is like Jell-O. FBI chief, Louis Freeh, told a Senate
Committee last February that “the most recognizable single-issue terrorists
at the present time are those involved in the violent animal-rights … and
environmental protection movements.”

Why, then, did the FBI’s November Megiddo report target Christians
instead of eco-extremists who fit the eco-terrorist profile?

Every time there is a shooting somewhere, the president and most of
Congress race to a television camera to call for stricter gun-control
legislation. There was no press conference calling for stricter control of
eco-terrorists after the Boise Cascade office was torched, or after any of
the other acts of terror committed by those who share the Unabomber’s
worldview.

The only conclusion that can be reached is that there is, indeed, a
double standard for eco-terrorists.

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