ELF Threat Impels FBI to Issue Warning
March 14, 2001, 09:45 AM
From AP Staff
PORTLAND -- The FBI was expected to issue a
warning to all of its offices and other federal buildings
after spokesmen for an eco-terrorist group called for
demonstrations and other "militant direct action" on
The Earth Liberation Front issued an e-mail alert
Tuesday from its Portland press offices, targeting
those offices for "direct action" on the same day an
accused ELF saboteur is scheduled to appear in an
Frank Ambrose was charged in January with spiking
trees to thwart logging of a state forest in
Bloomington, Ind. Ambrose, the first person charged
with committing a crime on behalf of the ELF in North
America, has maintained his innocence.
"It is up to us to resist this repression by any means
necessary," wrote the group's press officers, Craig
Rosebraugh and Leslie Pickering.
The spokesmen say they do not know the identities of
ELF members, and receive anonymous claims of
responsibility from the culprits that they relay to news
The group has claimed responsibility for 19 arsons
and four other significant crimes from Oregon to New
York since 1996, including the arson of a Colorado
ski resort that caused $12 million in damages.
The ELF targets enterprises -- typically logging,
homebuilding and road construction -- that it
accuses of profiting from destruction of the natural
The FBI calls the ELF a domestic terrorist
Supervisory Special Agent Kevin Favreau, who
heads the Portland bureau's domestic terrorism unit,
said he hoped the protests would mirror last year's
peaceful gatherings to protest the FBI's
investigations of the ELF and its sister organization,
the Animal Liberation Front.
But he said it's only a matter of time before some
extremist acting on beliefs held by the group commits
a disastrous crime, such as a bombing.
"What's dangerous about this is the fact that
someone might take militant direct action to mean
something outside the ELF guidelines," he said.
Rosebraugh and Pickering said they hoped their
public call for action would prompt militant
demonstrations -- and perhaps more -- against
"If they're angry, they ought to do more than just hold
a sign," Pickering said.