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Feds target Earth/Animal Activists across county

The FBI and Homeland Security agents have stepped up their campaign against anarchists and animal rights and environmental activists. Raids in Arizona, NYC, arrests in NYC, AZ, grand jury subpeonas in OR.
U.S - The FBI and Homeland Security agents have stepped up their campaign against anarchists and animal rights and environmental activists. On Wednesday, in New York City, a 30 year old member of the Friends of Jeffrey Luers prisoner support group was arrested while at school. His apartment was also raided and computer and person affects seized. His arrest may be in connection with a May 2001 Earth Liberation Front arson at Jefferson Poplar Farms near Portland Oregon. The arraignment will be at 11:00 am Thursday morning on the second floor of the Federal Court Building, which is located at at 225 Cadman Plaza East in Brooklyn.

Portland activists, Frank Winbigler and Shannon (Nonny) Urick were approached in a cafe by three FBI agents, one agent from Homeland Security, and an Oregon Sheriff. They were served with papers ordering them to be witnesses in a federal Grand Jury investigation, and were also advised that they are both targets of the same investigation. The Grand Jury is scheduled for March 16th of next year in Eugene, Oregon.

Later in the day more than a dozen FBI agents, along with Joint Terrorism Task Force and local police officers raided The Catalyst Infoshop in Prescott, Arizona. Environmental publications were seized and one of the groups founding members was arrested. The arraignment is scheduled for 10:00 am Thursday morning in Flagstaff where the federal courthouse is. Police in Arizona consider anarchists to be a terrorist threat. A second person has been reported arrested in Flagstaff according to www.arizona.indymedia.org

Earlier in the week federal agents were asking around Boston for Daniel Andreas San Diego, who they allege is responsible for placing an explosive pipe bomb at Chiron Corp in Emeryville, California on August 28, 2003. The Chiron Corp, a biotechnology company, was a target of the animal rights campaign to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences, a company that performs cruel experiments on animals.

This most recent attack on the earth and animal liberation movements was obviously well coordinated and planned far in advance. Activists across the country have been doing what they can to protect themselves by sharing information about how to avoid dealing with authorities a developing a better security culture.


At least 2 additional people served with subpoenas.

I (Jennifer Adrian) was also served a subpeona today, December 7, 2005.

I was approached at my workplace by two FBI agents, and was told that many arrests had been made across the country today for animal rights actions. I was also told that many other people were talking, and was pressured to "come clean" for my own good. When I insisted on talking to an attorney, I was issued a subpeona for a Grand Jury set for the same date as the one listed for the other people mentioned here.

I was told I would see all kinds of arrests on the news tonight, but I didn't see anything, so I was looking on the Internet for information and found your site.

Before dawn, this morning, two FBI agents from the Eugene office and several state police officers came to Southern Oregon to subpoena Suzanne Savoie, to appear before a federal grand jury on February 16, 2005 in Eugene.

Savoie believes she was under surveillance for a couple days prior to the visit. Agents claimed they were going to visit people all over the country today, trying to intimidate and scare people into talking. They are claiming that Savoie took part in three arsons that took place years ago, the Jefferson Poplar farm on the OR coast, the Superior Lumber Company in Glendale, OR, and Romania car dealership in Eugene.

They told Savoie that if she didn't start giving them information she would take the fall for all the men they said were involved. They said women usually take the fall for men and that she shouldn't let that happen. They showed Savoie four named photos of men who they said were the "bombmakers" and that they wanted her to give information about them. The FBI also used the usual tactics of threatening 60 years in jail to intimidate Savoie.

Most recently Savoie has been doing local community organizing in the Applegate Valley, fighting to stop the Bald Lick timber sale and a long term campaign to preserve Black Mountain on the Siskiyou Crest.

Usually a private person, Savoie nonetheless believes that this is a time for people who have been targeted to tell their stories.

I personally believe that it is important for all who know those targeted to offer the utmost support for them at this time.

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www.nyc.indymedia.org
www.arizona.indymedia.org
www.portland.indymedia.org
 http://bombsandshields.blogspot.com/

. 08.Dec.2005 13:28

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Six face charges in ecoterror attacks

By GENE JOHNSON
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

SEATTLE -- Six people have been arrested in connection with ecoterrorism attacks in Oregon and Washington dating back to 1998, including the destruction of a Bonneville Power Administration tower near Bend, Ore., on the eve of the millennium, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

The arrests were made Wednesday in New York, Virginia, Oregon and Arizona, and each of the defendants has been indicted in Oregon or Washington. Besides the tower's destruction, the attacks included three arsons in Oregon and one in Olympia.

One of the fires caused more than $500,000 in damage, and the other three caused more than $1 million, investigators said. The Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility for most of the acts.

Chelsea Dawn Gerlach, 28, of Portland, Ore., was charged with conspiring to destroy an energy facility and destruction of an energy facility in the attack on the transmission tower. She faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Two of the defendants - Stanislas Gregory Meyerhoff, 28, and Daniel Gerard McGowan, 31 - face up to life in prison if convicted of setting fires Jan. 2, 2001, at the Superior Lumber Co. in Glendale, Ore., and May 21, 2001, at the Jefferson Poplar Farm in Clatskanie, Ore. Damage from each fire exceeded $1 million.

Meyerhoff was arrested in Charlottesville, Va., where he was attending Piedmont Community College. McGowan was arrested in New York City.

Kevin M. Tubbs, 36, and William C. Rodgers, 40, face up to 20 years each if convicted of a June 21, 1998, arson at the Animal and Plant and Health Inspection Services facility in Olympia, which caused $1.2 million in damage. Tubbs was arrested in Springfield, Ore., and Rodgers was arrested in Prescott, Ariz.

Sarah Kendall Harvey, a 28-year-old student at Northern Arizona University, was arrested in Flagstaff after being charged with a Dec. 27, 1998, fire at U.S. Forest Industries in Medford, Ore. That fire caused an estimated $500,000 in damage.

The defendants were scheduled to make initial appearances in federal court in the districts where they were arrested.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Seattle said the investigation is continuing.

US Attorney's Office Press Release 08.Dec.2005 13:33

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December 8, 2005


SIX ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH NORTHWEST ECO-TERROR ATTACKS
Defendants allegedly tied to fires in Washington and Oregon dating back to 1998


Six people were arrested yesterday in a coordinated law enforcement effort that spanned five states and is the culmination of nine years of investigation. All six people have been indicted by federal grand juries in Oregon or Washington. The charges relate to four separate arsons in the Northwest dating back to 1998, and the destruction of a Bonneville Power Administration tower at the Millennium.

STANISLAS GREGORY MEYERHOFF, 28, was arrested in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he was attending Piedmont Community College. DANIEL GERARD MCGOWAN, 31, was arrested in New York, NY. MEYERHOFF and MCGOWAN were indicted in Oregon, for the January 2, 2001 arson at the Superior Lumber Company, in Glendale, Oregon, and the May 21, 2001, arson at the Jefferson Poplar Farm in Clatskanie, Oregon. The damages in each of those fires exceeded $1 million. MEYERHOFF and MCGOWAN face maximum penalties of life imprisonment if convicted.

KEVIN M. TUBBS, 36, was arrested in Springfield, Oregon, and WILLIAM C. RODGERS, 40, was arrested in Prescott, Arizona. Both men are indicted in the Western District of Washington for the June 21, 1998 arson at the Animal and Plant and Heath Inspection Services (APHIS) facility in Olympia, WA. Damage from this arson was estimated at $1.2 million. Both TUBBS and RODGERS face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison if convicted.

SARAH KENDALL HARVEY, 28, was arrested in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she was a student at Northern Arizona University. HARVEY is indicted in Oregon for the December 27, 1998 arson at U.S. Forest Industries in Medford, Oregon. That fire caused an estimated $500,000 in damage. HARVEY faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

CHELSEA DAWN GERLACH, 28, of Portland, Oregon, is charged with two counts related to the December 30, 1999 destruction of a Bonneville Power Administration power transmission tower near Bend, Oregon. GERLACH faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of Destruction of an Energy Facility (Conspiracy) and Destruction of an Energy Facility.

These indictments and arrests were the result of a nine year investigation of numerous arsons in the Northwest and other states. In many of the fires the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility. Participating in the extensive investigation were the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), the Eugene Police Department, the Portland Police Bureau, the Oregon State Police, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Department of Justice and the Lane County Sheriff's Office. The investigation is continuing.

An indictment contains allegations that have not yet been proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The defendants are having their initial appearances in the districts where they were arrested. Government prosecutors will ask that they be brought to the districts where the charges are filed for arraignment.

The Western Washington indictments are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Friedman. For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington, at (206) 553-4110.

For further information on the Oregon indictments please contact Oregon Criminal Division Chief Kent Robinson at (503) 727-1019.

Examples of unreliable police informant testimony 09.Dec.2005 15:03

luna moth

This comment is off-subject example of the unreliablility of police informants who snitch on other inmates to obtain reduced sentences. Pertains to Stanley "Tookie" Williams on death row based on police informant testimony.

Obviously there is a difference in ALL these examples, from organized crime Mafia Gambino family underboss Sammy "the RAT" Gravano, LA crips member/founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams and ELF/ALF activists. The ELF/ALF politically motivated actions aren't comparable to organized crime/gang activity based on poverty, classism and racism. Add to this the torture and illegal detention in Guantanamo/Abu-Graib/CIA black sites of Arab-americans based on presumed connections to Al-Queda or other terrorist groups based upon their religion/ethnicity, we realize the police are grabbing at straws and are in reality clueless, enter the police informant. Despite the ethical/philosophical differences in ELF?ALF, mafia, street gangs, Al-Queda, etc..

However, the tactic used by police to obtain information from informant testimony is remarkably similar. Often inmates facing long sentences are used to infiltrate and/or snitch on peers, resulting in reduced sentences. Police infiltrators are intelligent and often networked with police informants. While undercover, they walk the walk and also talk the talk to appear as members of the group. Some snitches may in fact be unaware of their role as informant (personality trait of bragging), others just crack under pressure upon arrest and sell out their friends. Either way police informant testimony is NOT RELIABLE AS EVIDENCE despite the DA's eagerness to depend on informant testimony without any other substantial evidence, the conviction makes the DA/police look good, though no justice has been served..

According to No Compromise animal lib magazine, individual "lone wolf" style actions are encouraged to avoid the problems of snitching that have many comrades locked away. If individual actions are impossible, it may be wise to assume EVERYONE as an informant and don't give out more info than needed. This may create a climate of tension by sacrificing friendly camraderie within the group, though this may be needed to maintain security culture..

The following is about Tookie & other problems with police informant testimony, subjects unrelated to ELF/ALF besides unreliable info from police informants..

This is to dispell the rumors circulated by right wing propaganda (sdimc) that claims Tookie is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and Tookie's supporters are mostly fellow crip gangsters who wear blue..

Many supporters of Tookie are not gang related, though many people in the rival gang "bloods" wear red and also support Tookie specifically for his work to promote peaceful truce talks between bloods and crips and an end to the violence and killing between rival gangs. Gangs can be thought of as extended families of support and without the violence and toxic crack cocaine distribution (influenced and encouraged by CIA), gangs could be thought of as tribes. People could express their rivalry with a game of soccer instead of guns imported by the CIA, contributing to genocide of lower income/people of color. Some Tookie supporters are former members of the crips who renounce the violence yet continue to wear blue out of respect and solidarity with their comrades still stuck in the gang lifestyle. Other people are fashion conscious and just like wearing matching outfits and may prefer certain colors..

Either way a great many people around the world NOT involved in gangs are demanding that Arnold the Nazi Actor grant Tookie clemency because of his work and effort for peace and reasonable doubts about his guilt in the charges..

To address the murder of the four individuals that Tookie is accused of;

An often ignored fact is the willingness of the police to extract a supposed confession by bribing a fellow inmate with a reduced sentence if said inmates provides police/DA with evidence. If a information file just happens to enter the cell of the informant the night before, the confession can appear to be real. However good it may sound to the DA, the confession is not valid and cannot be used as evidence. Since our justice system is far from perfect, these sort of mishaps occur often, though police look good by completing the arrest of suspect with guilty conviction and sentence..

In Tookie's conviction a police informant was used as evidence and this informant recieved a reduced sentence for claiming Tookie confessed to the murder from his neighboring cell. Asking the police to be honest about providing said informant with extra relevent info required to obtain conviction is as difficult as breaking the blue wall of silence, police fraternal code of "omerta"..

All this snitching by police informants for reduced sentences can become quite confusing for discovering reality and real justice. Here's an example of another high profile case where Gambino mob rat Sammy "the Bull" Gravano snitched on former Gambino don John Gotti is now himself being snitched upon by two other snitches. Snitches snitching on a snitch! Talk about poetic justice for Sammy "the RAT" Gravano, and complete jibberish of information for ANYONE trying to discover the truth of WHO actually committed the murders?

"Guilt-or-innocense will always be debatable in criminal cases but if Sammy Gravano is actually innocent of Peter Calabro' murder this confessed hitman should qualify to win the nomination as the most wrongfully accused criminals to ever walk the planet. (well, not quite)

Consider the following scenarios:

(1) law enforcement officers familiar with the murder investigation of Peter Calabro disputed Kuklinski's story that Gravano hired him to kill the officer. They know the names of the real suspects. Read published book titled: Murder Machine written by Jerry Capeci.

(2) Molinelli's predecessor, D.A. William Schmidt and a team of detectives had previously investigated Kuklinski's story that Gravano hired him to kill the officer and found no solid evidence to corroborate his confession.

(3) Kuklinski solicited Gravano's lawyer, Anthony Ricco, for $200.000.00, to recant the statement he made to police that Gravano hired him to commit the murder.

(4) When Detectives from other agencies questioned Kuklinski about murders he committed and boasted about on the HBO documentary he switched horses and rode down a trail of half-denials and in some cases he suffered from amnesia---unable to recall exact details about murders committed."

 http://www.americanmafia.com/Feature_Articles_323.html

Other than the inaccuracy of relying on police informants hungry for reduced sentences (snitches are liable to say anything), the two cases (Tookie & Gravano) don't have much else in common and was used as example to illustrate how unreliable police informants really are. Definitely NOT RELIABLE EVIDENCE in irreversible death sentence..

Murder and violence is an unfortunate reality for a great many families in LA and other poverty stricken communities, though the state's role in contributing to this tragedy is ignored by individuals misled into believing the death penalty can provide victims with closure. No loved one can ever be replaced, and a great many families of victims realize this and also oppose the death penalty..

"Vindication for victims and closure for victims' families are often held out as primary reasons for supporting the death penalty. However, many people in this community believe that another killing would not bring closure and that the death penalty is a disservice to victims."

 http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/article.php?did=573&scid=62

Arrestan a seis personas 11.Dec.2005 10:03

translator

This is a translation of the above posted press release

Arrestan a seis personas en relación a ataques "eco-terroristas" en la costa noroeste de los EstadosUnidos

Los demandados están ligados, alegadamente, a unos incendios ocurridos en el año 1998 en el estado de Washington y de Oregón. Seis personas fueron arrestadas ayer en un esfuerzo coordinado por las autoridades que recorrió cinco estados y es el punto culminante de una investigación de nueve años. Las seis personas han sido encausadas
por el jurado federal en los estados de Washington y de Oregón. Los cargos se relacionan a cuatro distintos incendios premeditados ocurridos en el año 1998 en la costa noroeste y a la destrucción de una torre de la Planta de Energía Boneville ocurrida en la víspera del milenio.

Stanislas Gregory Meyerhoff de 28 años de edad fue arrestado en Charlottesville, Virginia donde asistía al Colegio Universitario de la Comunidad Piedmont. Daniel Gerard McGowan de 31 años fue arrestado en Nueva York. Meyerhoff y Mcgowan fueron encausados en Oregón
por el incendio premeditado ocurrido el 2 de enero de 2001 en la compañía Superior Lumber en Glendale, Oregón y por el incendio premeditado ocurrido el 21 de mayo de 2001 en la granja Jefferson Poplar en Clatskanie, Oregón. Los daños causados en cada uno de estos incendios se excedieron de un millón de dólares. De ser encontrados
culpables tanto Meyerhoff como Mcgowan se enfrentarían a una máxima sentencia de cadena perpetua.

Kevin M. Tobbs de 36 años fue arrestado en Springfield, Oregón y William C. Rodgers de 40 años en Prescott, Arizona. Ambos han sido encausados en el Distrito Occidental de Washington por el incendio ocurrido el 21 de junio del 1998 en las facilidades del Servicio de Inspección de Animales, Plantas y Salud de Olympia, Washington (APHIS, por sus siglas en inglés). El daño causado por este incendio fue estimado en 1.2 millones de dólares. Si ambos son convictos se
enfrentarían a un cargo máximo de 20 años en prisión.

Sarah Kendall Harvey de 28 años fue arrestada en Flagstaff, Arizona donde era estudiante en la Universidad del Norte de Arizona. Ella ha sido encausada por el incendio premeditado ocurrido el 27 de diciembre del 1998 en las Industrias de Bosques de EE.UU. en Medford, Oregón. Se
estimó que el fuego causó 500,000 dólares en daños. De ser encontrada culpable, Harvey se podría enfrentar a un cargo de 20 años en prisión.

A Chelsea Davon Gerlach de 28 años del estado de Oregón se le imputan dos cargos relacionados a la destrucción de una torre de transmisión de energía en la Planta de Energía Boneville en las cercanías de Bend, Oregón que ocurrió el 30 de diciembre del 1999. Si es convicta, Gerlach se enfrenta a una sentencia de 25 años en prisión por conspirar para destruir una facilidad de energía y por la destrucción de una
facilidad de energía.

Estas denuncias y arrestos fueron el resultado de una investigación de nueve años de diferentes incendios premeditados ocurridos en la
costa Noroeste y en otros estados de los EE.UU. En varios de estos incendios el Frente de Liberación de la Tierra (ELF, por sus siglas en inglés) y el Frente de Liberación Animal (ALF) reclamaron responsabilidad por dichos actos. Las agencies que han sido partícipes de esta investigación son el Negociado Federal de Investigaciones (FBI), el Negociado de Explosivos, Armas de Fuego, Tabaco y Alcohol
(ATF, por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Policía de Eugene, el Departamento de Policía de Pórtland, la Policía del Estado de Oregón, el Servicio Nacional de Bosques de los EE.UU., el Negociado de Manejo de Tierras de los EE.UU., el Departamento de Agricultura de los EE.UU., el Departamento de Justicia de Oregón y la Oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Lane. La investigación todavía sigue en pie.

Una denuncia contiene alegaciones que todavía no han sido probadas en juicio más allá de la duda razonable. Se presume que los demandados son inocentes hasta que se les pruebe lo contrario.

Actualmente, los demandados han hecho sus primeros actos de presencia en los distritos en donde fueron arrestados. Los fiscales del gobierno pedirán que los demandados sean llevados a los distritos en donde se presentaron los cargos para la citación.

Las denuncias hechas en la parte oeste de Washington están siendo
procesadas por el Asistente del Fiscal General de los EE.UU., Andrew Friedman. Para información general favor contactar a la Oficial de Asuntos Públicos para la Oficina del Fiscal General, Emily Langlie, Distrito oeste de Washington al (206)553-4110.

Para obtener más información sobre las denuncias de Oregón favor contactar al Jefe de la División Criminal, Kent Robinson al (503)727-1019.

"ALLEGED" 11.Dec.2005 13:29

an important word

PLEASE do not omit that important word "alleged"! For example,

"May 2001 Earth Liberation Front arson at Jefferson Poplar Farms near Portland Oregon"

SHOULD BE

"ALLEGED May 2001 Earth Liberation Front arson at Jefferson Poplar Farms near Portland Oregon"

OR EVEN

"May 2001 fire (ALLEGED arson) at Jefferson Poplar Farms near Portland Oregon, ALLEGEDLY involving Earth Liberation Front"

Otherwise, it's libel - unless there has been a trial and people found guilty AND you know that the crime was real and the trial was fair and the actual culprits were found guilty!

From the family of Chelsea Gerlach 12.Dec.2005 18:13

freechelseagerlach@hotmail.com freechelseagerlach@hotmail.com

As many of you may be aware, there will be a hearing tomorrow at the Federal Courthouse for Chelsea Gerlach. This will be a public hearing and all who have the best interests of Chelsea in mind are welcome to attend.
As her family, however, we would like to stress the importance and power of a silent presence. We, and more importantly the judge, will not tolerate anything but the strictest orderly conduct. This is not the time or place for political statements, but for quiet observation. Anything less will only harm Chelsea's chances of release.

Thank you for your ongoing support through these hard times.

Dyncorp Ecoterrorists Have Justice Dept Email Contract 12.Dec.2005 20:47

ARC

Dyncorp, the ecoterrorists spraying poison in S America..
(as well as running pedophile rings in Bosnia, selling arms to all sides
in the Sudan, etc.) have a contract for all Justice Dept email!

It is the ecoterrorists' pawns who are working against earth and animal
protectors.

God remove every violent person from government now.

PLEASE NOTE 14.Dec.2005 12:03

be smart

This is from a posting on NYC indymedia


UPDATE: Bail has been denied in the case of Daniel McGowan, and each of the other arrestees around the country. McGowan will be held pending his extradition to Eugene, Ore. and his arraignment.

According to spectators at Friday's hearing, prosecutors read through posts on the NYC Indymedia newswire (including this article) and mentioned them as part of the bail hearing. They made mention of other electronic communications on Thursday, and undoubtedly their attentions are ranging far and wide.

Please refrain from speculation and innuendo on Indymedia posts related to this case.