Eco-Terrorism & Economic Sabotage Security
In reference to the video screen shot above, an unidentified person posted on Earth First! Newswire:
“...folks took the space over for about an hour. They jumped on trucks and the collection tank and threw pieces of equipment like pickaxes, fire extinguishers, and shovels down the hillside into the thick of the woods. Fences were knocked over and broken…
“We disappeared into the woods and were able to outwit and outrun sheriff deputies on ATVs because we know the terrain better than they do. We were able to inflict damages upon the company in the form of an entire day of labor costs through the disturbance and subsequent police reports that their workers had to spend their shift doing, as well as shatter their sense of security.”
Environmental Terrorists attempt to gain sympathy and justification for their ruthless actions by strategic use of media sources such as radio, television, newspapers and most of all the internet. They release a widespread misinformation campaign to relentlessly smear and criminalize the actions of legal corporations to justify their acts of terror and sabotage. Some of these radical Eco Terrorists have made it to the FBI’s Most Wanted List.
Mining sites. Farms. Research laboratories. Fields. These are the sites under attack in today’s highly politicized world of eco-terrorism and economic sabotage. Extremists are increasingly sophisticated, well-funded, and focused on destroying your ability to do business effectively. Your employees and equipment may be at risk. BPS has an antidote. Our expertly trained, experienced personnel knows the difference between a peaceful protestor and an economic saboteur. We respect people’s right to express an opinion, but we protect your staff from harassment. We are a calming force in a volatile situation. In fact, we have successfully provided security during some of the highest profile stand-offs between companies and causes. We develop custom operational plans, deliver state-of-the-art equipment and work in cooperation with local and federal authorities to provide world-class site security and monitoring to prevent attacks on your site.
Eco-terrorism is defined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as “the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against people or property by an environmentally oriented, sub national group for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature.”
The FBI has credited to eco-terrorism 300 million dollars in property damage from 2003 and 2008, and a majority of states within the USA have introduced laws aimed at these activities. In 2008 the Federal Bureau of Investigation said eco-terrorists represented “one of the most serious domestic terrorism threats in the U.S. today” citing the sheer volume of their crimes (over 2,000 since 1979); the huge economic impact (losses of more than $110 million since 1979); the wide range of victims (from international corporations to lumber companies to animal testing facilities to genetic research firms); and their increasingly violent rhetoric and tactics (one recent communiqué sent to a California product testing company said: “You might be able to protect your buildings, but can you protect the homes of every employee?”).
The preferred method of destruction seems to be arson, probably because it is relatively simple, causes significant destruction and gets a lot of attention. For example, the 1998 firebombing of Vail ski resort to protest further development received a great deal of publicity and caused $12 million in damage [source: Archibold].
Arson is not the only trick up eco-terrorists’ sleeves. They also employ other tactics designed to disrupt normal operations at target businesses and to discourage people from engaging in environmental destruction. Eco-terror activists spike roads, disable vehicles, vandalize homes and deliver sewage or dead animals to corporate offices. Since 1976, they have committed more than 1,100 terrorist acts, causing more than $110 million in damage [source: Philipkoski].
Despite all the instances of eco-terrorism, few people have been connected with any crimes. The last big arrest came in 2006 when the FBI shut down a group of people responsible for starting about 20 fires in five states that caused $40 million-plus in damage. This arrest only came about after an intense nine-year investigation called “Operation Backfire” [source: Fox News].