Thursday, May 24, 2007

Ecoterrorism?

On Monday, May 21st Judge Ann Aiken ruled that a "terrorism enhancement" may be applied in the sentencing of environmental activists recently arrested for arson and other property damage in the Pacific Northwest. The full text of Judge Aiken's decision is posted on the Portland Indymedia webpage.

The crimes being prosecuted in these cases all date back over five years. That does not make them justified, although it does cast doubt upon the threat which these individuals may have posed to public safety when they were arrested. One of those arrested, Bill Rogers, committed suicide in jail. His lady friend, Katie Rose Nelson, is still running The Catalyst Infoshop bookstore which he created in Prescott, Arizona.

According to the right wing blog Target of Opportunity, the first individual to be sentenced, Stanislas Meyerhoff, coauthored a manual on incendiary devices with Rogers. The terrorism enhancement does not appear to have added any time to his sentence, 13 years, but may rather cause him to be remanded to a higher security prison with other serious offenders. Mr. Meyerhoff has apparently served as an informant against the other defendants and suspects, and it is unclear how long he has been cooperating with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

Many defendants or suspects have blogs or webpages seeking public support for fair trials and humane punishment: Chelsea Gerlach, Kevin Tubbs, Daniel McGowan, Jeffrey Luers, Lacey Philabaum, Brianna Waters, Eric McDavid, Craig Rosabaugh, and Rod Coronado came up as possible "Earth Liberation" activists either through Google or blogs. There is a collective called the Earth Liberation Prisoner's Support Network, which appears to be based in England. Animal rights activists are also being subjected to the same treatment as terrorists, particularly the members of Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty (SHAC): Jake Conroy, Darius Fulmer, Lauren Gazzola, Josh Harper, Kevin Kjonaas, and Andy Stepanian.

The blog GreenIsTheNewRed has recently been created by the young journalist Will Potter as a clearinghouse for discussion and analysis of the current effort by United States law enforcement to target environmental activists and classify environmental "monkey wrench" activity as a form of domestic terrorism.


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2 Comments:

At 1:36 PM , Blogger sushil yadav said...

Don Thieme,
this is in response to your post - Ecoterrorism?

Who is the real terrorist? - Environmentalists or Industrial Society?

The human race has been destroying/ killing animals, trees, air, water, land and people from the very beginning of civilization. Science and Technology has increased this destructive capacity millions of times.

Every man is a serial-killer. The per-capita destruction of Environment - per-capita destruction of Animals, Trees, Air, Water and Land in Industrial Society is thousands of times greater than what it was 1000 years ago - 500 years ago - 200 years ago.

The Military Industrial Complex has killed millions of people in War/ Violence. It has decimated all plant and animal species. It has destroyed all ecosystems. It has polluted and poisioned the Sky, Land and Oceans. It has raped and plundered "Mother Earth" in the name of Progress and Development.

The crimes of "Military Industrial Complex" are millions of times greater than the crimes of Environmentalists.
Comparing the crimes of Environmentalists with the crimes of "Military Industrial Complex" is like comparing the Lamp with the Sun.

In this context I want to post a part from my article which examines the impact of Speed, Overstimulation, Consumerism and Industrialization on our Minds and environment. Please read.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.


A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.

Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.

Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.

A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.

A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.


To read the complete article please follow any of these links :

PlanetSave

FreeInfoSociety

ePhilosopher

Corrupt

sushil_yadav

 
At 6:45 PM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race. They have greatly increased the life-expectancy of those of us who live in "advanced" countries, but they have destabilized society, have made life unfulfilling, have subjected human beings to indignities, have led to widespread psychological suffering (in the Third World to physical suffering as well) and have inflicted severe damage on the natural world. The continued development of technology will worsen the situation. It will certainly subject human beings to greater indignities and inflict greater damage on the natural world, it will probably lead to greater social disruption and psychological suffering, and it may lead to increased physical suffering even in "advanced" countries.... Read more here!

 

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