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Peter Young,arrested?

I heard that Peter Young, who has been underground for the past 7 or so years has been captured and charged with animal enterprise terrorism for his alleged participation in mink releases.
Does anyone have any more details??
Fugitive and accused ALF activist Peter Young Arrested 25.Mar.2005 12:58

News Reader

Fugitive and accused ALF activist Peter Young Arrested!

Thursday, March 24 2005 @ 12:50 PM PST

Anarchists in TroubleWe've just received word that on March 21st Peter Young was captured and is currently being held in San Jose, California. For those of you unfamiliar with his case, Peter has been a "fugitive from justice" since 1998 after being indicted on charges of violating the "Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act"--stemming from a series of 1997 mink liberations in Wisconsin.

For more info: nik@nocompromise.org until a formal support network is established.

We've just received word that on March 21st Peter Young was captured and is currently being held in San Jose, California. For those of you unfamiliar with his case, Peter has been a "fugitive from justice" since 1998 after being indicted on charges of violating the "Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act"--stemming from a series of 1997 mink liberations in Wisconsin.

Peter desperately needs our support at this crucial time. Peter has been isolated from friends, family, and the movement since his disappearance years ago. Now is the time to act!

The circumstances surrounding his recent arrest are unknown, but he faces several serious charges as a captured "fugitive."

Please take 5 minutes RIGHT NOW to sit down and write Peter a letter. He needs to know that there's a world of activists out here waiting to support him. Please refrain from going into too much personal detail in correspondence and refrain from writing anything that the feds might try to use against him. We have yet to communicate with Peter so there are many uncertainties at this time; keep this in mind.

Mail/ Correspondence should be addressed as: PETER YOUNG BOOKING #05015987, PFN #DVF828 C/O SANTA CLARA MAIN JAIL COMPLEX 885 NORTH SAN PEDRO STREET SAN JOSE, CA 95110

Make sure his name, Booking#, and PFN# are on the envelope and all pages of correspondence. Mail restrictions follow at the end of this alert.

We are waiting to distribute information on jail visits and sending books and funds for Peter's commissary until his specific desires are made known to us.

He is currently being housed at: Santa Clara Main Jail Complex 150 W. Hedding Street San Jose, CA 95110
BACKGROUND INFOMATION:

On October 28, 1997 Sheboygan County Sheriff's deputies in Wisconsin pulled over Justin Samuel and Peter Young, after fur farmers suspected they were watching their mink barns. Authorities found items that led to a six-count federal indictment against Samuel and Young 1998. The two were charged with violating the then named Animal Enterprise Protection Act with the alleged intent to coerce mink farms out of business by inflicting economic loss and damage. "The indictment reflects the determination of the law enforcement community and my office to address criminal activity designed to curtail or shutdown a lawful industry," said US Attorney Peggy Lautenschlager in Wisconsin's first case of "animal enterprise terrorism."

In October 1997, the A.L.F. took credit for raids on five fur farms in Wisconsin and surrounding states. Thousands of mink were released, and it is estimated over one million dollars of damage was caused.

Justin Samuel and Peter Young were pulled over by police in the vicinity of the farms after suspicious fur farmers contacted authorities. A vehicle search allegedly yielded animal rights literature, as well as other "suspicious" items. In September 1998, a federal grand jury indicted the duo on charges of animal enterprise terrorism and unlawful interference with interstate commerce. Both Samuel and Young went underground and nothing was heard from the two until September 4, 1999, when Samuel was arrested in Belgium and eventually extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges.

Despite an enormous outpouring of support from the activist community, on August 30, 2000, Samuel entered into a plea agreement with the U.S.

Attorney's office in which he implicated Peter Young (his co-defendant) and promised to "make a full, complete, truthful statement regarding his involvement in violations of federal criminal statutes charged in the original Indictment, as well as the involvement of all other individuals known to him regarding the crimes charged in that Indictment. And the defendant agrees to testify fully and truthfully at any trials or hearings."

Samuel eventually served two years in prison and is now free and living in San Diego, California. Despite his repeated efforts to reintegrate himself into the animal rights movement, most activists and organizations have shunned him as an untrustworthy individual and a snitch.

While bad timing and dumb luck led to the initial indictment of the two, Samuel's fear and lack of moral fortitude is responsible both for his own prison time and for the likelihood that Peter Young (if apprehended) may be found guilty and sentenced to a lengthy imprisonment. Like so many others under police pressure, Samuel clearly fell for the oldest tricks in the book of law enforcement: To this day, he claims he did not tell his inquisitors anything they did not already know. Unfortunately, it is not Justin who will pay the price for his fears, but Peter Young-- and any other activists Justin chooses to name to protect himself.

Excerpts from: http://www.nocompromise.org/issues/25hallofshame.html http://www.earthfirstjournal.org/efj/feature.cfm?ID=21&issue=v19n7
MAIL RESTRICTIONS:

Mail for DOC Inmates Books must be mailed directly from the publisher and must be sent via United States Postal Service (no UPS, FedEx, etc). No hardback books allowed. Sending books from Amazon.com (via USPS) is easiest.

The following items will NOT be accepted through the mail service: Cardboard Plastics, or anything laminated Anything GANG related (Photos, colors, writing, symbols) Drugs Two-ply cards will be separated (they are discouraged) Cards larger than 5x7 Blank paper, cards, envelopes, stamps Magazines, books and newspapers not from the publisher Staples and paper clips Items having suspicious stains or markings Letters or envelopes having stickers on them Hard bound books Padded envelopes Artwork done with wax, water colors or heavy crayons Flowers Envelopes or items with tape Instant camera photos (i.e. Polaroid) Photographs larger than 4x6 Food items Packages Photographs with graphic nudity

Inmates may receive newspapers, magazines, periodicals and books through the US Postal Service if they are mailed directly from the publisher. They will not be accepted if sent by a bookstore or any other person. You may arrange with Friends Outside for some materials to be delivered.
MONEY/ COMMISSARY FUNDS:

Money Orders ($300 maximum) for Peter's commissary can be mailed to: Santa Clara Main Jail Complex 885 North San Pedro Street San Jose, CA 95110

Money Orders must be made out to: "Santa Clara County Dept. of Corrections" and must have "Peter Young, Booking # 05015987, PFN # DVF828" printed in the lower left of the Money Order.
No personal checks are accepted.



latest update on Peter Young 25.Mar.2005 14:02

friend

Jailed activist Peter Young needs your support NOW!

Peter has been able to make a couple of calls out, and received his first visitor today BUT he has now been told that he had forfeited "all his rights" and his phone privileges have been revoked because he refused to take a non-vegan TB test. As a result he is now being held in high security isolation - unable to make phone calls or trade for food. Since being jailed the only thing Peter has been given that he can actually eat is a small amount of lettuce. Peter desperately needs our help so that he can remain in touch with his supporters and start getting food he can eat.

PLEASE CALL THE JAIL NOW!
(408) 299-8770

POLITELY point out that Peter is an ethical vegan and
* should be allowed to make phone calls to his supporters
* can be given an alternate form of TB test (a chest x-ray)
* should be given vegetarian/vegan food

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CASE BACKGROUND:
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Peter Young was arrested on March 21st in San Jose, CA. He has been "WANTED" since 1998 after being indicted on charges of violating the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act by releasing mink from a Wisconsin fur farm.

A support website is being setup and will be online soon ( http://www.SupportPeter.com) with more background on the case, and additional information on how we can all help Peter. In the meantime please send Peter a letter so he knows he's not alone. Until his phone privileges are restored letters and visits will be his only contact with the outside world.
******************
LETTERS FOR PETER:
******************
Peter Young
Booking #05015987, PFN #DVF828
C/O Santa Clara Main Jail Complex
885 North San Pedro Street
San Jose, CA 95110
**************
SENDING BOOKS:
**************
To get books to Peter you have to go to a book store and have them send paperback books (no more than 5) to Friends Outside, 551 Stokton Ave., San Jose, CA 95126. With Peter's info on it: Peter Young, Booking# 05015987 PFN# DVF828

Friends Outside is the only way to get books into Santa Clara County Jail, so please don't use Amazon.
***********************
MONEY/COMMISSARY FUNDS:
***********************
Money Orders ($300 maximum) for Peter's commissary can be
mailed to:

Santa Clara Main Jail Complex
885 North San Pedro Street
San Jose, CA 95110

Money Orders must be made out to:
"Santa Clara County Dept. of Corrections" and must have
"Peter Young, Booking #05015987, PFN #DVF828" printed in
the lower left of the Money Order.
No personal checks are accepted.
=============
Background:
 http://www.earthfirstjournal.org/efj/feature.cfm?ID=21&issue=v19n7
 http://www.animalrights.net/archives/year/2000/000094.html
 http://www.nocompromise.org/issues/21snitch.html
 http://www.nocompromise.org/issues/25hallofshame.html
 http://www.earthfirstjournal.org/efj/feature.cfm?ID=199&issue=v23n4

On October 28, 1997 Sheboygan County Sheriff's deputies in
Wisconsin pulled over Justin Samuel and Peter Young, after
fur farmers suspected they were watching their mink
barns. Authorities found items that led to a six-count
federal indictment against Samuel and Young 1998. The two
were charged with violating the then named Animal
Enterprise Protection Act with the alleged intent to
coerce mink farms out of business by inflicting economic
loss and
damage. "The indictment reflects the determination of the
law enforcement community and my office to address
criminal activity designed to curtail or shutdown a
lawful industry," said US Attorney Peggy Lautenschlager in
Wisconsin's first case of "animal enterprise terrorism."

In October 1997, the A.L.F. took credit for raids on five
fur farms in Wisconsin and surrounding states. Thousands
of mink were released, and it is estimated over one
million dollars of damage was caused.

Justin Samuel and Peter Young were pulled over by police
in the vicinity of the farms after suspicious fur farmers
contacted authorities. A vehicle search allegedly yielded
animal rights literature, as well as other
"suspicious" items. In September 1998, a federal grand
jury indicted the duo on charges of animal enterprise
terrorism and unlawful interference with interstate
commerce. Both Samuel and Young went underground and
nothing
was heard from the two until September 4, 1999, when Samuel
was arrested in Belgium and eventually extradited to the
U.S. to face criminal charges.

Despite an enormous outpouring of support from the
activist community, on August 30, 2000, Samuel entered
into a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's office in
which he implicated Peter Young (his co-defendant) and
promised to "make a full, complete, truthful statement
regarding his involvement in violations of federal
criminal statutes charged in the original Indictment, as
well as the involvement of all other individuals known to
him regarding the crimes charged in that Indictment. And
the defendant agrees to testify fully and truthfully at
any trials or
hearings."

Samuel eventually served two years in prison and is now
free and living in San Diego, California. Despite his
repeated efforts to reintegrate himself into the animal
rights movement, most activists and organizations have
shunned him as an untrustworthy individual and a snitch.
While bad timing and dumb luck led to the initial
indictment of the two, Samuel's fear and lack of moral
fortitude is responsible both for his own
prison time and for the likelihood that Peter Young (if
apprehended) may be found guilty and sentenced to a
lengthy imprisonment. Like so many others under police
pressure, Samuel clearly fell for the oldest tricks in the
book of law enforcement: To this day, he claims he did not
tell his inquisitors anything they did not already know.
Unfortunately, it is not Justin who will pay the price
for his fears, but Peter Young-- and any other activists
Justin chooses to name to protect himself.

Picked up for shoplifting 25.Mar.2005 14:48

twopintscreamer


"Terrorism" 26.Mar.2005 12:09

Matilda

Terrorism my fucking ass. See how they use that word? See what they're doing? THIS is what that dolt Jordan from the FBI meant the other day when he said Terrorism is our "greatest threat." He meant THEIR greatest threat. He meant the greatest threat there is to the status quo. He meant anyone who effectively makes them stop hurting, using and exploiting other living beings is damaging commerce, the economy, the right of the privileged few to make a profit from killing others.

Be suspicious every fucking time you EVER, ever hear ANYONE use the word "terrorism" ever again. Look who the only people they keep arresting are! Animal rights activists, forest activists, and brown people trying to defend their part of the world. I'm not scared of them, are you? These are not terrifying people. When the FBI starts going after the greedy CEOs who are killing us all for profit, then I will start listening when they talk about "terrorists." Until then, FUCK them.

support website is up 27.Mar.2005 18:37

friends

the Peter Young support website is at  http://www.supportpeter.com

calls needed 29.Mar.2005 16:22

Georgia

This is a comment from one of Peter's supporters in San Jose who called the jail today to encourage them to provide him with something he can eat. As far as I know, calls are still needed!

PLEASE CALL THE JAIL NOW! (408) 299-8770

Interesting conversation I had with a guy at the jail. He was clueless about
how to deal with the public. When I said I'd seen an article in the Mercury (local paper), he
replied that he personally wouldn't believe a thing he read there. But we went
on to have a good conversation, I think, and he gave me the phone number of the
dietician who has been charged with the problem of the prisoner's diet.
Unfortunately when I called her, she was very suspicious, asking who at the jail
gave me her number, and saying she'd have their PIO (public information officer,
I suppose) call me back. Which hadn't happened yet, last time I checked. If
the next hearing is at a time I can attend, I will. According to the jail guy,
"they" (Young's supporters, including his girlfriend) have been very vocal.
"It's the first time we've ever had a vegan," he told me, after explaining how
they're always dealing with religious diets.

PLEASE CALL THE JAIL NOW! (408) 299-8770

In reference to Santa Clara County Jail 25.Apr.2005 03:25

Daria Vyaersi youcansave@wildmail.com

Greetings everyone,

I came across the article concerning Peter randomly. I have already written him a letter and am planning on visiting him for certain within a week and a half. I am actually a vegan animal rights activist who recently served 8 months at Santa Clara County Jail, I was released a week ago. The best you can do there is get a Religious Vegetarian Diet, so one will certainly become malnourished, I certainly did since I did not stray from my ethical diet. It's terrible because the doctors are also are not technically allowed to provide anyone with supplements, even cases as bad as inmates infected with AIDes have a difficult time getting across to them. I was only given them a month before my release because they had finally realized I had severe lacerations from gunshot wounds. I'll talk to him when I see him, when he released into the general population he'll be able to trade for foods and it will be easier for him. I am not certain what level he is, but I came in as a double red and level four which is the highest security one can get, I was in isolation at the main jail numerous times, but if I was able to downclass, though they told me it was impossible, he may be capable of it as well. I heard of a case recently where an incarcerated vegan took their case of lack of appropriate nourishment to the Supreme Court and won, however that may have been someone serving a prison sentence. I am familiar with the Internal Affaird, Board of Corrections, etcetera, perhaps with enough pressure he could be given a medical diet that is vegan, but as far as actually contacting any of the previously mentioned, I had no success, concerning diet modification and ongoing abuse by officers. If anyone would like to contact me to see how else I can offer my assistance, I am more than willing. I have some strange history, I think I may have met Peter Young a couple of years ago in another state, and I had always wondered of him on and off.

Thank you for your time,
Daria Vyaersi