The Earth Liberation Front is the same radical environmental group that, more than a decade ago, claimed responsibility for one of the costliest fires in San Diego history, torching a condominium project under construction in University City and leaving behind a banner that read, "if you build it, we will burn it" and was signed "the ELF's are mad." Go To Site

A North Vancouver woman who became one of the FBI’s most wanted after her alleged involvement in the largest case of “eco-terrorism” in United States history, will plead guilty to some but not all of the charges against her, according to her lawyer. Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, 39, is now being held at Federal Detention Center Sea-Tac, about 20 kilometres south of Seattle, Wash., awaiting transport to Eugene, Oregon to face charges of federal arson, use of a destructive device and conspiracy spanning Oregon, Colorado and California. Go To Site

It was founded in Portland, Oregon, "to work to explain the importance and necessity of clandestine guerrilla action in a revolutionary movement to liberate the Earth from the stranglehold of the system." Go To Site

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Court documents filed in San Diego Superior Court reveal that prosecutors allege two UCSD students set two separate fires on campus as an act of eco-terrorism to try to prevent a Starbucks from opening on campus... Prosecutors allege that the two undergrads, who were captured on surveillance video entering the Price Center on the UCSD campus shortly before the fires were set in two separate restrooms, were part of the 'Earth Liberation Front'...

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Last week it was reported that militant ecologists destroyed parts of a ski lift and an artificial snow production station at the Wurmberg in the Harz region of Germany, declaring themselves to be members of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF). This marks the first reported action of an ELF cell in German-speaking countries. According to initial police estimates, the damage amounts to around 100,000 euros, primarily by cutting numerous electrical lines.

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A woman who turned herself in after a decade as a fugitive in the nation’s largest ecoterrorism investigation is scheduled to enter guilty pleas on Oct. 10. Court records show 39-year-old Rebecca Rubin will change her not-guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy and arson in U.S. District in Portland. A federal indictment accuses Rubin of being a member of cells of the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front known as The Family. Investigators blame the group based in Eugene for 20 fires across the West from 1996 to 2001 that did $40 million in damage.

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One of the three remaining fugitives in a string of ecoterrorism fires set in Oregon, Colorado and California has surrendered to authorities. The U.S. attorney's office in Portland, Ore., said Thursday that 39-year-old Rebecca Jeanette Rubin turned herself in to the FBI at the Canadian border in Blaine, Wash. Rubin has been sought as part of a group based in Eugene, Ore., known as The Family, on charges she took part in setting fires at the Vail ski resort in Colorado, a timber company office in Oregon, and wild horse corrals in Oregon and Northern California.

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TACOMA, Wash. — Thirty-two-year old Justin Solondz has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the 2001 arson at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture. The Seattle Times reports ( ) Solondz pleaded guilty in December to arson and conspiracy. Prosecutors say he built firebombs that started the 2001 fire at the university's Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle. Members of the Earth Liberation Front mistakenly thought a researcher was genetically altering poplar trees. The fire caused $6 million damaged and destroyed the work of several UW researchers.

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An underground group of environmentalists has claimed responsibility for a fire in December at the U.S. Forest Industries headquarters in Medford. In a fax sent to The Associated Press late Saturday, the group, the Earth Liberation Front, said the fire, on Dec. 26, was ''in retribution for all the wild forests and animals lost to feed the wallets of greedy'' corporations.

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A radical environmentalist group that has claimed responsibility for a series of arsons, including fires last year that caused $12 million in damage to a ski resort in Vail, Colo., said it was also responsible for the Dec. 25 arson that destroyed the Oregon offices of the Boise Cascade Corporation, a paper manufacturer.

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Four people with ties to an ecoterrorism network have been indicted on charges connected to a 1999 fire at genetic-engineering research offices and the burning a day later of logging equipment elsewhere, federal authorities said Tuesday. The Earth Liberation Front -- an underground organization that has been listed among the FBI's top domestic terrorism targets -- claimed responsibility for the fire at Michigan State University shortly after it was set, saying it targeted the school because it was conducting genetic engineering research on crops.

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The fires that torched three nearly completed houses were all ignited by birthday candles that had been attached to the handles of plastic jugs filled with gasoline. And the messages spray-painted on another house in the subdivision that snowy, Dec. 30 morning did not seem particularly auspicious either: ''ELF'' ''Stop Urban Sprawl.'' ''If You Build It We Will Burn It.'' And, finally, ''Burn the Rich.''

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Radical environmentalists are claiming responsibility for toppling two radio-transmission towers south of Snohomish early Friday, but the general manager of Everett's KRKO 1380 says his family will rebuild the damaged towers and accelerate plans to construct additional towers.

"America will not tolerate terrorists," said Daniel R. Dzwilewski, special agent in charge of the San Diego division of the FBI. "Whether you were born here or abroad, we will not stand back and allow you to terrorize our communities under the guise of free speech." Go To Site

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The torching of five large, newly constructed homes on the rural fringe of the Seattle metropolitan area, and an apparent claim of responsibility for the arsons by the eco-terrorism group ELF, has drawn predictable concern from local and federal authorities — and also a notable lack of sympathy for the fate of the homes themselves.

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Four bottles containing a flammable liquid were found inside a water pumping station for the Ice Mountain Spring Water Company, and the radical environmental group Earth Liberation Front said it was responsible.

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A radical environmentalist who was a fugitive for two years has been arrested by federal officials on charges of setting fire to logging trucks in 2001, the F.B.I. announced. The man, Michael Scarpitti, is among four people charged with setting the trucks on fire to protest a timber sale on the slopes of Mount Hood... Officials said Mr. Scarpitti was connected with the Earth Liberation Front, which the F.B.I. has classified as a terrorist group.

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Oil exploration equipment was vandalized outside Moab and a postcard left near the site claimed that the Earth Liberation Front, an underground environmental group, was involved.

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Three young men pleaded guilty to vandalizing more than 25 sport utility vehicles, construction equipment and building sites on behalf of a radical environmental group. The three, who were in high school at the time of the attacks in the Richmond suburbs in 2002, face up to five years in prison at sentencing in April... They were affiliated with the group Earth Liberation Front.

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THE Victorian power plant boss threatened by Earth Liberation Front (ELF) activists should consider himself lucky to have received a warning, a North American ELF spokesman says Head of the Hazelwood power plant in Victoria's east, Graeme York, received a hand-delivered ELF notice threatening his Melbourne home.

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A radical environmental group that has been spreading its message throughout the country in recent weeks by burning luxury homes has now claimed responsibility for a fire at a logging company in Oregon. The group, the Earth Liberation Front, is a loose-knit underground network that for a few years has periodically been using arson as a weapon against additional targets as well.

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SEATTLE (AP) — Two radio station towers near Seattle that have generated intense local opposition were toppled Friday in an act of sabotage that appeared to be linked to the radical Earth Liberation Front.

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It was founded in Portland, Oregon, "to work to explain the importance and necessity of clandestine guerrilla action in a revolutionary movement to liberate the Earth from the stranglehold of the system."

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More ominous, though, was the message someone left on the bridge. In red marker, someone printed, “Next time fire.” On another part of the bridge, someone had printed, “Your house is known.” In another spot in small letters was printed “ELF.” ELF is an abbreviation for Earth Liberation Front, an organization that in the last 15 years has been involved in more than 600 acts that are classified as domestic terrorism, according to the FBI.

Daniel McGowan, a 38-year-old environmental activist from Queens, was released yesterday from prison in Terra Haute, Indiana. He served seven years in the prison's Communications Management Unit, largely cut off from society, after attempting to burn down two Oregon lumber companies, Superior Lumber and Jefferson Poplar Farms, in 2001... McGowan was chiefly affiliated with the Earth Liberation Front, a sprawling, leaderless group of guerrilla fighters active in 17 countries around the world... From Indiana, McGowan flew back to New York, where he was greeted by a small group of friends and family before continuing to his halfway house in New York, his home for the next six months as he works in the city. After that, he'll be under supervised released for the next three years. "Welcome back, Daniel!" the Anarchist Black Cross wrote. "We love you!" Go To Site

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A Detroit-area man has been charged with damaging logging equipment as part of an environmental protest more than 10 years ago in northern Michigan. Federal prosecutors in Grand Rapids recently unsealed an indictment against 30-year-old Jesse Waters of St. Clair Shores, who is accused of setting fire to logging equipment and a flatbed trailer near Mesick (ME'-sick) in Wexford County in late 1999 or early 2000.

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Rodney Coronado, 39, of Tucson was indicted in San Diego on charges of demonstrating how to make a destructive device with the intent that the information be used to commit arson.

Coronado is a national leader for the Earth Liberation Front, said Daniel Dzwilewski, special agent in charge of the FBI's San Diego office.

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He pleaded guilty in January to conspiring with another member of the environmental extremist movement Earth Liberation Front to burn down the multimillion-dollar condos with a juice bottle containing gasoline in 2006.

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An environmental extremist group has claimed responsibility for toppling two towers near Snohomish owned by a sports radio station.
The Earth Liberation Front group took responsibility for the act on its Web site Friday.
FBI said it estimates that ELF has committed more than 600 criminal acts in the U.S. since 1996

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The charges include conspiracy to commit arson; arson; attempted arson; use and possession of a destructive device; and destruction of an energy facility.

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Jared McIntyre of Coram was sentenced on Tuesday to three and a half years in prison for his part in arsons committed in the name of an extremist environmental group at three new homes being built in Suffolk in December 2000.

At the time of the fires Mr. McIntyre was 17 and a member of the Earth Liberation Front, an organization that aims to ''inflict economic damage on those profiting from the destruction and exploitation of the natural environment,'' its Web site ( says.

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WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Environment & Public Works Committee, today applauded the 65-count indictment handed down by a Federal grand jury in Eugene, Ore. against 11 defendants accused of committing acts of domestic terrorism in Oregon, Wyoming, Washington, California, and Colorado from 1996 through 2001. According to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ), the indictment alleges that the defendants were acting on behalf of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).

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The following message was received by the Earth Liberation Front Press Office - it should be noted that this action was not claimed by any group - but the message stands for itself: Hundreds of metallic and non-metallic spikes have been placed in units 28 and 29 of the Kirk Timber Sale in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The spikes were placed at all levels of the trees.

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Blackwell and Linas used kerosene-soaked wicks to set fire to the fuel tanks of vehicles being used to construct a mall in Henrico. The three also vandalized 25 SUVs at an automobile dealership and targeted several other SUVs parked outside private homes. They also vandalized three fast-food restaurants by etching the glass.

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SAN DIEGO – A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday in San Diego charges a recognized national leader of the Earth Liberation Front with teaching others how to make a bomb with the intent that it be used to commit arson.

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Between December 8, 2003 and January 12, 2004, three members of an ELF cell in Richmond, Virginia entered guilty pleas to federal arson and conspiracy charges, following their arrests by the FBI Richmond Division and local authorities. Adam Blackwell, Aaron Linas and John Wade admitted to conducting a series of arson and property destruction attacks in 2002 and 2003 against sport utility vehicles, fast food restaurants, construction vehicles and construction sites in the Richmond area, which they later claimed were committed on behalf of the ELF.