FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2001
FBI SUBPOENAS SECOND PORTLAND ACTIVIST TO TESTIFY AT CRIMINAL CONTEMPT TRIAL; PART OF NATIONAL GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION INTO THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT
PORTLAND, OR - Elaine Close, a veteran Portland activist and political organizer, was served a subpoena yesterday (Friday) to testify at Josh Harper's criminal contempt trial on February 6, 2001 in Portland. The trial stems from Mr. Harper's refusal to cooperate with a federal grand jury in Portland investigating the work of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and Earth Liberation Front (ELF).
F.B.I. Special Agent Daniel Feucht delivered the subpoena to Close on Friday as she waited for the bus outside her home. Close is the second individual to be subpoenaed to testify at Harper's trial. North American E.L.F. spokesperson, Craig Rosebraugh, also previously received a subpoena to testify on February 6th.
"This is a clear demonstration of harassment tactics by the F.B.I. and the newly formed Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force (PJTTF)," Close stated in response to receiving her subpoena. "It is clear that one of the main focuses of the PJTTF is to stop the courageous work of the E.L.F. Since they can't figure out who the group is they are going to try to harass and intimidate those people who support the successful underground direct action."
This latest move by the U.S. Attorney's office come at a time of heightened E.L.F. activity across the country. At least eleven major actions have occurred on Long Island, NY in the last few months mostly against urban sprawl and over-development. The E.L.F. also recently claimed responsibility for the January 2, 2001 fire that destroyed the offices of Superior Lumber in Glendale, OR.
Last Sunday the E.L.F. was featured in a 60 Minutes segment on CBS focusing on the F.B.I.'s attempt to stop the underground organization. Since the program aired the F.B.I. have raided a home on Long Island, NY, have been attempting to question individuals in Eugene, OR and have continually harassed and followed E.L.F. spokesperson Craig Rosebraugh in Portland.
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