***updated…I’ve uploaded the indictment here ***
Because Islamist terrorists aren’t the only terrorist enemies within. Via Breitbart/AP:
Eleven people were indicted in a series of arsons, claimed by the radical groups Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front, in five Western states, the Justice Department said Friday.
The 65-count indictment said the suspects are responsible for 17 incidents in California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, including sabotaging a high-tension power line, in a conspiracy that dates back to 1996. The indictment was returned Thursday by a federal grand jury in Eugene, Ore., and unsealed Friday.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller were expected to talk about the indictment Friday at a news conference in Washington.
Eight defendants have been arrested. Three people remain at large, and are believed to be outside the United States, according to a statement from the Justice Department.
In Eugene, two defendants, Jonathan Christopher Mark Paul, 39, and Suzanne Nicole “India” Savoie, 28, were both ordered held without bail, pending further hearings.
A criminal complaint filed in federal court in Eugene accused Paul, a firefighter, of setting firebombs that burned down a horse slaughterhouse in 1997. The ALF claimed responsibility for that fire, which caused an estimated $1 million in damage.
Savoie, who works in a group home for the developmentally disabled, is accused of serving as a lookout for a fire in 2001 that destroyed offices of a lumber mill. The ELF claimed responsibility for that fire.
The other defendants are Joseph Dibee, Chelsea Dawn Gerlach, Sarah Kendall Harvey, Daniel McGowan, Stanislas Meyerhoff, Josephine Overaker, Rebecca Rubin, Darren Todd Thurston and Kevin Tubbs.
Dibee, Overaker and Rubin have not been arrested. The other six were arrested in December.
Using improvised incendiary devices made from milk jugs, petroleum products and homemade timers, they carried out attacks between 1996 and 2001, the indictment alleged. Targets included U.S. Forest Service ranger stations, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wild horse facilities, lumber companies, meat processing companies, a ski area and the power line, the indictment said.
Just obtained the docs and more info from the Justice Department:
According to the indictment, Joseph Dibee, Chelsea Dawn Gerlach, Sarah Kendall Harvey, Daniel Gerard McGowan, Stanislas Gregory Meyerhoff, Josephine Sunshine Overaker, Jonathan Mark Christopher Paul, Rebecca Rubin, Suzanne Savoie, Darren Todd Thurston, and Kevin M. Tubbs conspired to commit numerous acts of domestic terrorism as part of a group they called “the Family,” an alleged group of the extremist movements ALF and ELF.
The indictment follows a series of arrests on Dec. 7, 2005, in Oregon, Arizona, New York, and Virginia. Gerlach, Harvey, Meyerhoff, McGowan, Thurston, and Tubbs were arrested at that time for various charges, including the destruction of an energy facility. Paul was arrested on Jan. 17, 2006, on a criminal complaint charging him with one of the arsons mentioned in the indictment. Savoie was arrested on Jan. 19, 2006, on a criminal complaint. Dibee, Overaker and Rubin are believed to be outside of the United States.
The indictment refers to attacks on 17 sites:
*Oct. 28, 1996, at the U.S. Forest Service Detroit Ranger Station in Marion County, Ore.;
*Oct. 30, 1998, at the U.S. Forest Service Oakridge Ranger Station in Lane County, Ore.;
*July 21, 1997, at the Cavel West, Inc. meat packing company in Deschutes County, Ore.;
*Nov. 30, 1997, at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Facility in Harney County, Ore.;
*June 21, 1997, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Wildlife Facility in Olympia, Wash.;
*Oct. 11, 1998, at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse Holding Facility in Rock Springs, Wyo.;
*Oct. 19, 1998, at the Vail Ski Facility in Vail, Colo.;
*Dec. 27, 1998, at U.S. Forest Industries in Jackson County, Ore.;
*May 9, 1999, at Childers Meat Company in Lane County, Ore.;
*Dec. 25, 1999, at the Boise Cascade office in Polk County, Ore.;
*Dec. 30, 1999, at a Bonneville Power Administration high-tension power line tower near Bend, Ore.;
*Sept. 6, 2000, at the Eugene Police Department West University Public Safety Station in Eugene, Ore.;
*Jan. 2, 2001, at the Superior Lumber Company in Douglas County, Ore.;
*March 30, 2001, at Joe Romania Chevrolet Truck Center in Eugene, Ore.;
*May 21, 2001, at Jefferson Poplar Farms in Columbia County, Ore.;
*May 21, 2001, at the University of Washington Horticultural Center in Seattle;
*Oct. 15, 2001, at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse Facility in Litchfield, Calif.
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Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise: ELF chronology