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Flames of Dissent

The local spark that ignited an eco-sabotage boom and bust
Flames of Dissent
The local spark that ignited an eco-sabotage boom and bust
STORY BY KERA ABRAHAM. PHOTOS BY KURT JENSEN.

In a high-profile sweep that began on Dec. 7, 2005 and continues into the present, the federal government indicted 18 people for a spate of environmentally motivated sabotage crimes committed in the West between 1996 and 2001. No one was physically hurt in the actions, mainly arsons against corporate and government targets perceived to be destroying the planet. Yet the FBI is calling the defendants "eco-terrorists" and seeking particularly stiff sentences for the five remaining non-cooperators, whose trials are pending. Eight defendants have pled guilty, four are fugitives and one committed suicide in jail.

Segments of the American public have glanced at the mug shots inked into newspapers and seen dangerous eco-fanatics who belong behind bars. But here in Eugene, where most of the alleged saboteurs have lived, those faces are familiar to hundreds and dear to many. In recent months, EW spoke with more than a dozen local people who described the accused as compassionate, Earth-loving people, influenced by a time that also shaped Eugene.

Five years after the last act of arson, the so-called Operation Backfire arrests have sparked the national media's curiosity. That attention, beaming like a headlight through a fog of paranoia, tends to obscure the other regrowth that sprouted from the ashes of Eugene's eco-radical era.

This five-part series attempts to tell that story.

Part 1: In Defense of Cascadia: The Warner Creek campaign
 http://www.eugeneweekly.com/2006/11/02/coverstory.html

Part II: Eco-Anarchy Rising
 http://www.eugeneweekly.com/2006/11/09/news1.html

Part. III: Eco-Anarchy Imploding
 http://www.eugeneweekly.com/2006/11/22/coverstory.html

PT. IV: THE BUST
 http://www.eugeneweekly.com/2006/12/07/news1.html

Part V: The Ashes
 http://www.eugeneweekly.com/2006/12/21/news1.html

Thanks 24.Jan.2009 21:15

Ben Waiting

interesting ...glad I could read this

Part One - Power Point File 25.Jan.2009 13:56

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not sure if PIMC can accept a Power Point file

I made one from Part One from the original post

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Power Point - Part One
Power Point - Part One

Power Point Part Two 25.Jan.2009 15:36

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Power Point seemed to work

So here is part 2

(you can) click anywhere on the page to go to next one rather than wait for the 14 sec auto page

(you can) press Esc to stop the program

I will post parts 3 - 5 as soon as they are finished (might take a while)

I would be interested in any comments as to the accuracy of this article
Flames of Dissent - Power Point - Part Two
Flames of Dissent - Power Point - Part Two

Part Three 25.Jan.2009 17:01

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Flames of Dissent - Power Point - Part Three
Flames of Dissent - Power Point - Part Three

Part Four 25.Jan.2009 18:30

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Flames of Dissent - Power Point - Part Four
Flames of Dissent - Power Point - Part Four

Number 5 Power Point File 25.Jan.2009 19:00

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this story is now easy for one to burn a cd and share by hard copy
Flames of Dissent - Power Point - Part Five
Flames of Dissent - Power Point - Part Five

Final version has all 5 on one file 25.Jan.2009 19:32

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easy to put onto one cd with this full version

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Flames of Dissent - All Five on One File
Flames of Dissent - All Five on One File