'ECO-TERROR' PRIORITIZED OVER CRIME
After a small group of radicals began damaging property in the name of the environment, the Bush administration's FBI labeled them "terrorists" and made pursuing them a top priority.
In late 2002, the FBI assigned 30 agents to a Eugene task force investigating the string of arsons, a federal prosecutor told the Village Voice.
But prioritizing the prosecution of environmentally motivated property destruction appears to have left more serious crimes unpunished.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported last month that the Bush administration's focus on "terrorism" investigations has left thousands of white-collar criminals, hatemongers, and civil rights abusers unprosecuted, "leaving a trail of frustrated victims and potentially billions of dollars in fraud and theft losses." White collar and civil rights investigations have dropped by two-thirds as 2,400 FBI agents were transferred to "counterterrorism" squads such as the one in Eugene, the Seattle P-I investigation found.
The Seattle paper estimated that 2,000 white collar criminals got away due to the drop in prosecution. Many of the swindlers' victims were the poor and elderly, the paper noted. Civil Rights investigations of police brutality by the FBI have also dropped, according to the Seattle P-I.
Eugene police also made the environmental sabotage a top priority, although the department has refused to say how much time and money were spent on the investigation. At a time the EPD was ignoring complaints from women about a police officer later sentenced for a sex crime spree and complaining it lacked resources to investigate burglaries, domestic violence and car and bike thefts, the EPD sent an officer to New York to investigate environmental radicals. — Alan Pittman
Upcoming Dates in the Oregon Green Scare case:
· May 15 - Oral arguments for Terrorism Enhancement. We need attendance at this hearing. There will be a rally held by the Civil Rights Outreach Committee at noon in front of the courthouse.
· May 22 - Cooperating Defendant Stanislas Meyerhoff's sentencing. 9 am
· May 24 - Cooperating Defendant Kevin Tubbs's sentencing. 9 am
· May 25 - Cooperating Defendant Chelsea Gerlach's sentencing. 9 am
· May 29 - Cooperating Defendant Darren Thurston's sentencing. 9 am
· May 31 - Cooperating Defendant Suzanne Savoie's sentencing. 9 am
· May 31 - Cooperating Defendant Kendall Tankersley's sentencing. 1 pm
· June 1 - Non-cooperating Defendant Joyanna Zacher and Nathan Block's sentencing. 9 am
· June 4 - Non-cooperating Daniel McGowan's sentencing. 9 am
· June 5 - Non-cooperating Jonathan Paul's sentencing. 9 am