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  • #16
    Wednesday 5/28 Update

    By TAREK EL-TABLAWY
    Associated Press Writer
    DETROIT (AP) - Builders in the Ann Arbor area say they are
    evaluating how to upgrade security measures in the wake of two
    arson fires believed to have been started by domestic
    eco-terrorists.
    The fires on March 21 destroyed two homes under construction in
    the Mystic Forest subdivision in Washtenaw County's Superior
    Township, which is located about 35 miles west of Detroit.
    The garage door of the house next to one that was burned bore
    one of the group's trademark spray-painted signatures, "Elf, no
    sprawl."
    The slogan brought back memories of a 1999 torching of Michigan
    State University's Agriculture Hall.
    Responsibility for that attack was claimed by the Earth
    Liberation Front, a group the FBI has said it considers one of the
    nation's most prolific domestic terrorist organizations.
    "Our focus, now, is how can we help protect the community and
    what should we be doing to prevent this type of thing from
    happening again," Bill Collins, president of the Washtenaw County
    Builders Association, said Tuesday.
    "We're not out to catch anybody. We're more interested in
    having this not happen again," he said.
    Collins says the association plans on meeting with security
    companies to discuss various options, including installing security
    cameras that would photograph license plates of vehicles entering
    the area.
    Collins says it also wants to approach insurance companies to
    donate to the costs of the cameras, noting that "spending $25,000
    on security equipment is better than paying out $400,000 to
    $500,000 in claims."
    "This has potential in rural areas like Mystic Forest, because
    there are few people living there now," he said, adding that the
    subdivision, with its proximity to the highway, makes it an easy
    target.
    The homes torched in the Superior Township subdivision were to
    be featured in a June 14-22 showcase of new homes. Upon completion,
    they would have been valued at $500,000 each.
    Those attacks came after two other homes in that area burned
    last summer. The FBI and police have yet to make headway in any of
    the four arson fires.
    In part, the problem is linked to the relative lack of
    information about the Earth Liberation Front.
    An April 1 release posted on the group's Web site indicates that
    its activists were involved, but shied away from assuming direct
    responsibility.
    The release said that the ELF press office "has been made aware
    of two ELF actions in the month of March" through media reports.
    "Although the ELF Press Office has received no communications
    about these actions, spray-painted signatures at both action scenes
    indicate claims of responsibility by ELF activists," the release
    said.
    FBI officials doubt that the March 21 fires were a generic arson
    attack.
    The signature is "characteristic of ELF," said FBI Special
    Agent Greg Stejskal, who heads the bureau's Ann Arbor office.
    "Because of the nature of the fire, we know ... accelerants
    were used and some kind of time-delay fuse was used," he said,
    adding that "this indicates some measure of sophistication."
    Posted on the group's Web site are instructions on how to build
    such devices.
    Stejskal says that the houses were completely burned, "leaving
    little to no physical evidence to collect."
    "Generally, the ELF opposes the development of luxury homes for
    the same reasons it opposes other forms of development - that is
    the destruction of the earth and animal habitats for the private
    gain of a few wealthy people," the group's press office said
    Tuesday in response to an e-mail request for comment.
    "The ELF is not opposed to housing developments that fill a
    need in communities," the message said. But it said luxury
    projects "are accelerating the destruction of forested areas,
    wetlands and other areas of environmental concern across North
    America.
    In the past six years, ELF has claimed responsibility for a
    number of antigrowth and ecologically linked attacks. It says that
    it, in conjunction with the another extremist group, the Animal
    Liberation Front, is responsible for $45 million in damage in North
    America since 1997.
    Among the more well-known arsons was in 1999 at Michigan State
    in which the school's agriculture building was destroyed.
    The main target was the Agricultural Biotechnology Support
    Project, a federally supported program that helps countries like
    Kenya, Indonesia and Egypt improve agriculture through the use of
    genetically engineered crops.
    Then, in November 2001, two unexploded bombs were found outside
    buildings on the campus of Michigan Technological University. While
    the incident wasn't linked directly to the ELF, it came just months
    after the group sent out a nationwide Earth Day e-mail warning
    against genetic engineering research.
    The ELF also claimed responsibility for a January 2003 attack on
    a northwestern Pennsylvania Ford truck dealership.
    Early on New Year's Day, someone sneaked onto the lot and
    ignited jugs full of gasoline under several vehicles. The fire
    damaged or destroyed a couple of Ford trucks and two sport utility
    vehicles.
    The latest attacks underscore how difficult that mission is.
    "It's hard to tell if there's an upward trend or if this is an
    isolated incident," said the FBI's Stejskal. "The other two fires
    ... weren't attributed to ELF, but they were in close proximity to
    these."
    "Does that indicate an upsurge in activity? I can't answer
    that."

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
    Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
    Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

    *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
    On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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    • #17
      a merger of terror organziations

      Rumor has it the at the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front are merging to form one organization to be called
      "ALFELFA"..the Animal Liveration Front/Earth Liberation Front Association. Undercover agents have gotten a photo of the "ALFELFA" heirarchy... the reputed leader of the organization is at the far right of the photo...
      Attached Files

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      • #18
        What is this world coming to now? We are all in trouble!

        Osama bin Buckwheat
        IACOJ Military Division
        NM Office
        ------------------------------------
        "There are three kinds of men: The ones who learn by reading, the few who learn by observation, and the rest of them who have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."

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        • #19
          I was unaware of just how active they have been in Northwestern PA...thank you for bringing this to our attention.
          May we never forget our fallen, worldwide.

          I.A.C.O.J. Safety/Traffic Control Officer

          E6511

          "Who's Who Among American Teachers" - 2005, 2006 Honoree

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          • #20
            I couldn't be more engraged...I had to seek some sort of vengeance. So, I went to their website, found a contact email address, and signed them up for HUNDREDS of spam email newsletters (you know, Christian daily inspirational, find true love now, etc). As petty as this seems, I feel surprisingly better thinking of all the crap that will be flooding their inbox or the next months. Here's the address, in case you too feel the need for similar relief:[email protected] Here's the picture you get as their website loads...pretty sick.
            -Julia
            Attached Files

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            • #21
              And they claim to be "In defense of all life" - what about ours?

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              • #22
                Suffolk County had some teens involved with ELF a couple of years ago. They burned some condos and some construction equipment. The problem was they were just kids following the crap they put out. They were nice enough to move the propane bottles from one building so the firefighters wouldn't get hurt. On the other hand they damaged the trusses in the same condo. The buildings were too far-gone on arrival to save anyway. PD arrested two kids. I don't know what came of them.

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                • #23
                  I never knew of these groups before until now. Cant the Government shut down their website for the thinks they have on it?

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                  • #24
                    Sorry, Quigger, that pesky "First Amendment" gets in the way.

                    If you haven't seen their website, and had a look at their arson handbook, you should do so. You may find it to be pretty educational. For instance, they present a method of using multiple incendiary devices placed throughout a structure. What happens if one fails to ignite, and firefighters unknowingly pass a 5 gallon bucket of flammable liquid on their way to attack the fire? What happens if it ignites, leaving the firefighters trapped? A long shot, I know, but stranger things have happened. After reading the information on their website, someone who's never struck a match before could burn down just about anything.

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                    • #25
                      By BREE FOWLER
                      Associated Press Writer
                      WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - To many people, the
                      subdivision of luxurious new homes straddling spacious lots would
                      be an ideal place to live.
                      But for others, the neighborhood, built on what once was rural
                      land, represents everything that is wrong with urban sprawl.
                      Federal and state officials on Wednesday were investigating the
                      possibility that the Earth Liberation Front, an anti-sprawl
                      terrorist group, was involved in early morning fires that destroyed
                      two homes under construction in this Macomb County community north
                      of Detroit.
                      The nearly completed homes, with a combined value of about
                      $700,000, were destroyed and graffiti reading "Elf" and "stop
                      sprawl" was spraypainted on nearby construction equipment.
                      An anonymous spokesperson for ELF, contacted via e-mail, said
                      the group had heard no claim of responsibility for the Macomb
                      County fires from its membership.
                      Suburban sprawl and land use have become controversial issues in
                      Michigan in recent years. Earlier this year, Gov. Jennifer Granholm
                      created a task force to look into how to curb urban sprawl and
                      regulate land development in the state.
                      The issue is particularly contentious in Macomb County, where
                      some of its formerly rural communities are experiencing some of the
                      highest Population growth in the state.
                      Macomb Township grew from about 23,000 people in 1990, to about
                      50,000 in 2000. And Shelby Township grew from about 49,000 in 1990
                      to about 65,000 in 2000, according to 2000 census data.
                      However, some radical groups have used acts of arson to protest
                      suburban growth.
                      Fires in Washtenaw County's Superior Township near Ann Arbor on
                      March 21 destroyed a pair of homes under construction. In that
                      case, the garage door of the house next to one that was burned bore
                      spraypainting, reading, "Elf, no sprawl."
                      That attack may have involved the Earth Liberation Front. The
                      FBI considers ELF one of the nation's most prolific domestic
                      terrorist organizations.
                      The homes torched in Superior Township were to be featured in a
                      June 14-22 showcase of new homes. Upon completion, they would have
                      been valued at $500,000 each.
                      Relatively little is known about the Earth Liberation Front. An
                      April 1 release posted on the group's Web site indicates that its
                      activists were involved, but shied away from assuming direct
                      responsibility.
                      Vera Fedorak, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
                      Firearms and Explosives, said the federal agency, the FBI and the
                      Michigan State Police fire marshal division were investigating. The
                      Macomb County Sheriff Department also was expected to join the
                      case, she said.
                      "We are continuing to investigate the origin and cause of the
                      fire, which is suspicious," she said.
                      Fedorak would not speculate whether extremist groups, such as
                      the ELF, were involved or if the Macomb County fires were linked
                      with the Washtenaw County fires in March.
                      "Obviously with the graffiti, that's an issue. We'll be looking
                      at it to help determine if the ELF was involved."
                      In the past six years, ELF has claimed responsibility for a
                      number of antigrowth and ecologically linked attacks.
                      Among the more well-known arsons was in 1999 at Michigan State
                      University in which the school's agriculture building was
                      destroyed.
                      The ELF also claimed responsibility for a January 2003 attack on
                      a northwestern Pennsylvania Ford truck dealership.


                      (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
                      Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
                      Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

                      *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
                      On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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                      • #26
                        Certainly seem to be an "interesting bunch." As long as thier are idiots out there like this there is certainly job security....
                        09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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                        IACOJ Minister of Southern Comfort
                        "Purple Hydrant" Recipient (3 Times)
                        BMI Investigator
                        ------------------------------
                        The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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                        • #27
                          This is beyond "civil disobedience...this is very dangerous and stupid. By putting the lives of people at risk needlessly, they more than nullify any point they are trying to make, in my opinion.
                          Member IACOJ

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                          • #28
                            Previous post on these knuckleheads

                            The below listed prior post was more about a University paper publishing information from the ALF specifically providing targeting information of University professors, including their local addresses. Check out the thread and posts as well as some of the information on their web sites. What is really interesting is the number of knucklehead celebrities who support these organizations.

                            http://cms.firehouse.com/forums2/sho...threadid=16852

                            Amazing, simply amazing. Some people need to get a life.

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                            • #29
                              Be cautious - - ELF has been known to leave "surprises" for the FFs that show up to their party.
                              Stay Safe ~ The Dragon Still Bites!

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                              • #30
                                I'm in complete awe. I had never heard of this group until now. Thank you for bringing this up. With this group publically admitting to setting these fires, can't SOMETHING be done?!?!? What the heck is going on in this country? Is the judicial system too busy punishing the innocent to put their collective foot up the tail-pipe of this organization?

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