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CBS's 60 Minutes Expose on Animal Rights Groups TONIGHT

November 13th, 2005, 12:13 PM
CBS's 60 Minutes Expose on Animal Rights Groups TONIGHT

Eco-Terror's Growing Threat

Nov. 10, 2005
(CBS) Despite racking up over $100 million in damages using arson and sabotage, environmental and animal rights extremists still haven’t stopped Americans from driving gas-guzzling SUVs, developing pristine land or conducting animal research.

Now, some of the extremists say it’s time to start killing people to make their point. 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley reports on extremist groups collectively known as eco-terrorists, which the FBI says are now the biggest domestic terror threat, this Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

A spokesman for extreme animal rights groups believes killing humans is justified. “I think people who torture innocent beings should be stopped,” says Dr. Jerry Vlasak, a California trauma surgeon. “If they won’t stop when you ask them nicely, they don’t stop when you demonstrate to them what they’re doing is wrong, then they should be stopped using whatever means are necessary.”

Though Vlasak wouldn’t kill any researchers himself, he hopes others will use "whatever means necessary" to stop the use of animals in experiments.

The FBI thinks that scenario is possible. “There have been multiple statements made regarding assassinations and or killing of individuals involved in…biomedical research and that kind of thing,” says John E. Lewis, deputy assistant director for counter terrorism at the FBI.

The bureau is actively investigating more than 150 crimes claimed by groups like the Animal Liberation Front or its spin-off, the Earth Liberation Front.

Individuals claiming to represent these groups have incinerated SUVS, fire-bombed buildings and released lab animals, destroying decades of invaluable research over the last 15 years. In its largest act, the ELF burned down a nearly-completed $23 million apartment complex near San Diego to protest urban sprawl.

The question of violence is causing a rift in the movement. ALF and ELF members who use arson claim to be non-violent, saying they are simply destroying property. Rod Coronado, a former ALF cell leader who served jail time for arson, says, “For every arson that I’ve carried out, there’s probably three or four not carried out for that fear of injuring someone.” Dr. Valsak disagrees, saying the use of arson while espousing a no-harm-to-humans rule is “disingenuous.” “We have to look at what works,” he tells Bradley.

The FBI is afraid that a “lone wolf” member of these loosely-organized groups will do something to up the ante.

They have identified one suspect who may be just such a threat. Daniel Andreas San Diego, a 27-year-old fugitive from San Rafael, Calif., is suspected of planting three bombs late at night near two companies targeted by animal rights groups. In the first case, a second bomb was deliberately set to go off an hour after the first – a method used to kill or injure first responders like police, firemen and medics. The third bomb, detonated a few weeks later, was strapped with nails.

Asks the FBI’s Lewis, “Why does someone build an improvised explosive device with shrapnel if they are not intending to cause someone grievous harm, if not worse?”

November 13th, 2005, 02:52 PM
its sad they have destroyed and totally changed the meaning of ecoterrorist.

before the word terrorist becamet he governments favourite scary word, eco terrorism was not hurting ppl, it was action such as stopping logging trucks and such. for example a traditional acto f ecoterrorism was to go into logging areas at night and find tools, the tools are then set in concrete, thus slowing down the loggers. this was donr to a) stop the logging directly, and b) to slow down the processes so more affirmative action thtrough courts and such could be made, that is giving more time.

i am proud to say that i fully support such ecoterrorism, but now we must change the words, due to stupid governments andt he fact taht everyone thought sadam was an eco terrorist, no he killed the environment for his own doing, ecoteroism in the traditional sense meant the protection of the environment at all cost..

now im calling it affirmative non violent eco actions, sad really to become stupidly PC.

but why kill humans, as far as i can see the environment wil lstart doing that for us, problem solved. as i tell my nephew, if you dont look after the land, it wont look after you, sadly most humans dont get that, and will therefore bring about thier own demise. lets jsut let the humans do it, save us all alot of trouble and greif.

but then deliberatly hurting someone does nothing for a cause, jsut like the ppl in brittian that are bombing the ppl who do testing on animals, not noce but still no reason to hurt someone.

i think its time we all jsut realised humans are their own worst enemies.....

im annoyed of the poor use of the word ecoterrorism, it does nothing for environmental conservation, sad really but thats the world moving on into scary crap..... humans, bah humbug....

ok word rant over:D