Monday, February 27, 2006

Why is Eco-terrorism dangerous?

"A contractor walked in August 2003 through Clippinger Chevrolet in West Covina, Calif., where Earth Liberation Front members allegedly vandalized more than 120 sport utility vehicles. (AP File Photo)" -

Over the past twenty years, eco-terrorists have committed various violent crimes in order to attempt to spread their message through such methods as bombings, various arsons, and different types of harassment and vandalism that have so far caused as much as one hundred million dollars in damage. Among those targets of these acts of terror are car dealerships, housing developments, fast food restaurants that have been “firebombed” as well as the targeting of people that are employed at companies that these eco-terrorists view as a threat to the environment. The danger of eco terrorism is that it installs violent and harmful practices in order to attempt to get its point across, along with vandalizing or destroying private property and causing potential physical harm to human beings as well.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

What are the origins of Eco-terrorism?

In the United States, since the nineteen seventies to be exact, various groups have lobbied for tight legal protection for the environment. However, change in favor of the protection of the environment has been slow to evolve, and thus certain prominent environmentally radical individuals have become frustrated by the lack of change and in turn have become violent, and created various eco terrorist organizations in order to stop those acts it views as abusive to the environment.

Eco terrorists most often carry out their actions through independent “cells” that are operated in various locations all around the country and thus are extremely difficult to uncover or curtail.

What is Eco-terrorism?

“The FBI defines eco-terrorism as the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against innocent victims or property by an environmentally-oriented, subnational group for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature.”

James F. Jarboe, Domestic Terrorism Section Chief, Counterterrorism Division, FBI;, Feb. 12, 2002

The acts that are committed by these extreme nature saving organizations are undeniably acts of violence and terror in order to intimidate and coerce those that they carry out their acts on. Those that support these groups would wish to lead individuals to believe that because these eco terror organizations have not violently acted upon any living being, there acts are just vandalism and not terror, but their use of pipe bombs and arson is evidence to the contrary.