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|Author:||dori [ Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:51 am ]|
|Post subject:||Environmental Terrorists???|
[url=http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/06/11/142258]Exclusive: Facing Seven Years in Jail, Environmental Activist Daniel McGowan Speaks Out About the Earth Liberation Front, the Green Scare and the Government's Treatment of Activists as "Terrorists"
Last week, a federal court sentenced environmental activist Daniel McGowan to seven years in prison for his role in two acts of arson in Oregon in 2001. The judge ruled that one of the fires was an act of terrorism. McGowan was one of six environmental activists arrested in December 2005 in coordinated multi-state raids dubbed “Operation backfire.”
A month later, they were indicted together with five others by a grand jury on charges of property destruction, arson, and conspiracy relating to actions going back nearly a decade which were attributed to the underground Earth Liberation Front. No one was hurt in any of the actions.
The eleven activists were threatened with life sentences if they refused to cooperate with the government and serve as informants. After months of negotiation, in November of last year, McGowan and three others pled guilty to some of the charges on the condition that they would remain non-cooperative with the state. As a result, the government has sought a “terrorism enhancement” for their sentences. The National Lawyers Guild called the terrorism sentencing enhancement issued to Daniel McGowan an unnecessary and excessive government tactic to discourage the exercise of free speech.
Transcript of conversation between Amy Goodman and Daniel McGowan at link.
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