The defendants are implicated in 17 attacks, including the $12 million arson of the Vail Ski Resort in Vail,
"Terrorism is terrorism, no matter what the motive," FBI Director Robert S. Mueller said during a press conference Friday at the Department of Justice. "There’s a clear difference between constitutionally protected advocacy—which is the right of all Americans—and violent criminal activity."
Terrorism, both international and domestic, is the FBI’s top investigative priority. In this case, the FBI’s
§ 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
§ Kevin M. Tubbs"Today’s indictment proves that we will not tolerate any group that terrorizes the American people, no matter its intentions or objectives," said Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzalez.
The defendants are accused of attacks on federal land and animal management sites, private meat packing plants, lumber facilities, and a car dealership with damages reaching $80 million. In 2004, the FBI estimated ELF, ALF and related extremist groups had committed more than 1,100 criminal acts since 1976 with damage estimates over $100 million.
Director Mueller called the indictments "a substantial blow" to domestic terror groups and said they should have a "dramatic impact on persons who contemplate these crimes."
"Persons who conduct this kind of activity are going to spend a long time in jail, regardless of their motive," he said.
Links:DOJ Press Release
Director Mueller’s Remarks
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