Eco-Terrorism Specifically Examining the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front: Hearing Before the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, May 18, 2005 [open pdf - 8MB]
From the opening statement of James M. Inhofe: "Today, we will hear from Federal law enforcement agencies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, who will discuss the problem of ELF and ALF and law enforcement's reaction to their dangerous and destructive tactics. It is these tactics, particularly the widespread use of arson, which makes ELF and ALF the No. 1 domestic terror concern over the likes of white supremacists, militias, and anti-abortion groups. […]. As with any other criminal enterprise, we cannot allow individuals and organizations to, in effect, aid and abet criminal behavior or provide comfort and support to them after the fact, just as we cannot allow the individuals and organizations to surf in between the laws of permissible free speech and speech that incites violence, when we know the goal is to inspire people to commit crimes of violence. This hearing will begin the process of scrutinizing criminally based activism, as well as call into question the essential support received from mainstream individuals and organizations." Materials, statements, and letters submitted for the record include those of the following: James M. Inhofe, James M. Jeffords, Frank Lautenberg, Barack Obama, David Vitter, Bradley Campbell, Carson Carroll, John Lewis, David Martosko, Monty McIntyre, David Skorton, Bennie G. Thompson, Jeffrey S. Kerr, Mindy Kursban.
S. Hrg. 109-947; Senate Hearing 109-947
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