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ELF strikes again

E.L.F. says it burned SUVs
Radical environmentalists claim involvement in fire

People who claim affiliation with the radical environmental group Earth Liberation Front say they torched four vehicles at a Girard car dealership....A communique released by E.L.F.'s press office Friday morning stated the group "attacked" several SUVs at the dealership at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, destroying four vehicles and damaging several others. The attacks caused an estimated $90,000 in damage, according to the communique.

From the ELF website:

[T]he E.L.F. will continue to fight to remove the profit motive from the killing of the natural environment, and to draw public attention to that which is deliberately concealed from them by the forces that control our lives and destroy our home.

We urge our sisters and brothers - let us strive to become the revolutionary force we've always spoken of being, and begin to take the control of our lives out of the hands of those who would destroy us. NO COMPROMISE.

Happy New Year Bob Ferrando!

The same group of people who march for freedom, peace and liberties; the same people want claim to be out protesting the stripping down of your personal freedoms, have once again proven their self-centered ignorance.

Destruction is obviously the only way these cretins know how to make themselves known. One only needs to look at this image which graces the front of their website to realize that the mission of organizations such as ELF, ALF and PETA is fought with violence and apathy towards other human beings. I call this sort of activism destructivism.

Look on the sidebar of the ELF website and you'll see Setting Fires With Electrical Timers: An Earth Liberation Front Guide.

Under the FAQ, you see this statement:

The ELF realizes the profit motive caused and reinforced by the capitalist society is destroying all life on this planet. The only way, at this point in time, to stop that continued destruction of life is to by any means necessary take the profit motive out of killing.

Arson as a means to an end? Illegal activities, destruction of personal property, destruction of someone's business, of homes in order to get your point across? How do they expect anyone to take them seriously as anything but thugs?

The ELF seems to hold a special place in the hearts for my homeland of Long Island. Many of their actions have taken place here:

December 19, 2000. Miller Place, Long Island, NY, USA
The ELF burn down a home under construction. The communique sent stated "There are over 6 billion people on this planet of which almost a third are either starving or living in poverty. Building homes for the wealthy should not even be a priority." $50,000+ damages

Guess what, guys? If someone has worked their entire life to build up a small fortune, they do not owe it to anyone else to live a stripped-down life because people are starving in other countries. I am not one of those people who will sit down to a lavish dinner - one that I earned the money to purchase - and think about how many people are starving in North Korea. Take it up with the leader of that country.

On the same note, if I want to build a ten bedroom house and I worked hard for the money to buy that house, I am not going to feel guilty because there are some people in the world sleeping in cardboard boxes. Why should I feel responsible for the rest of humanity when I have been working my ass off to have the money to make a comfortable life possible for me and my family? What good will it do if I decide to live in a trailer in a campground instead of a two story house? Do you really think anyone in Somolia is going to give a shit?

This is a capitalist society, folks. Get over it. If you want to live in a country where there are no SUVs and no sprawling houses and no malls, I have a few suggestions for you. But in those countries, you wouldn't be free to hold up signs protesting your government.

You know, when I was in high school, I thought that "from each according to their abilities to each according to his needs" was a brilliant idea. And then I grew up.

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Comments

Ayn Rand should be required reading in school,along side of or ahead of Shakespeare.
Especially "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead"(great movie w/ Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal). Wonder why you never see it on the old movie channels anymore?

Thank you for that. This happened about 20 miles from my apartment - I saw the damage, and let me just say that the photos don't do it justice. This isn't being reported in the news, but two of the car dealers about a quarter of a mile from me (Cadillac and Toyota) have pulled the SUVs from the lots at sundown in light of this.

You're right, Gary. There's definitely a socialist element behind the antics of ELF and ALF. Unforntutately, there doesn't apear to be any logic. Burning SUV's to protect the environment? What about the particulates, toxins, and CO emmitted from the fires they are setting? Remember, these are the same folks who spike trees on logging sites. Apparently the people injured by the shards of metal that shoot out when the spiked trees are cut are less important than saving a tree. The environmental movement seems to have become more about emotion and less about logic.

In an article called ‘From Tree-Hugger to Terrorist’, the NY Times interviewed Craig ‘Critter’ Marshall. Critter was in jail for firebombing a chevy dealership, a crime that followed the usual ‘Earth Liberation Front’ pattern.

During the course of the interview, Critter offered this solution to our environmental problems – “..there is no easy solution..for life to survive as we know it, millions of people are going to have to die. It's sad to say that, but it's true. Millions of people are already dying - it's just gonna have to start happening here.”

In the helpful ELF handbook, under the ‘four rules of arson’, there’s this quote: “The objective of every action should be assured destruction. The risks are too high for anything else.”

No mention of checking the building to be sure that a janitor isn’t sweeping the basement. So much for caring about the poor and underprivileged.

The organization that celebrates cop-killing, Indymedia, http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=37443&group=webcastindymedia has been asking its readers to send Critter letters of support while he’s in jail.

These people make it obvious that they don’t give a damn about the poor, or about human life in general - then they expect us to believe that they’re working for ‘peace’.

They don’t want peace, liberation or freedom. ELF says they want ‘guaranteed destruction’ Sounds like terrorism to me.

When I was in high school, we read Ayn Rand's Anthem. It's a short, succinct book, unlike her two more famous tomes, and therefore not as intimidating, and it basically contains the best part of her philosophy.

Not to mention that thousands of honest hard working folks make their living off of selling SUVs and building luxury homes.

I'd bet dollars to donuts that more people are enriched by building luxury homes than pre-fabricated sectionals any day.

What's a little arson between friends? NPR approves of it! This is a Morning Edition commentary from a few months before 9/11/01:
http://discover.npr.org/features/feature.jhtml?wfId=1123012

Their description:
Commentator Mary Sojourner says she has a new understanding of why a group of environmentalists would resort to burning down sprawling mansions in the Arizona desert after having one sprout up in her favorite meadow.

In response to some of the comments posted about the ELF.

RAVENWOOD posted:
"Not to mention that thousands of honest hard working folks make their living off of selling SUVs and building luxury homes."

-If someone is making money by changing your life and the world you live in for the worse, then it is your responsibility to prevent that from occurring, regardless of how "hard working" or "honest" they are. ELF actions have no sympathy for the people doing these jobs because they are bettering themselves by hurting others. The people taking these actions are standing up for their beliefs and even though they may not be doing it in a manner you can empathetically understand, I would hope that when your ideals and beliefs are challenged you will have the courage to stand up and do more than posting incindiary remarks on message boards.

MARY posted:
"No mention of checking the building to be sure that a janitor isn’t sweeping the basement. So much for caring about the poor and underprivileged."

-If you had done more research you may have found a document providing responses to the more common questions about the ELF. I believe it can be found at www.earthliberationfront.com/library/FAQ -if not, a search on google for "earth liberation front ELF FAQ" brings it up. One of the main points made within the FAQ is the definition of an ELF action, and I quote, "The guidelines for the ELF specifically require members to take all necessary precautions to ensure no one is physically injured. In the history of the ELF internationally no one has been injured from the group's actions and that is not a coincidence...If an action similar to one performed by the ELF occurred and resulted in an individual becoming physically injured or losing their life this would not be considered an ELF action. It may have been done for social and political reasons and even may have had the same motives as the ELF but since a life form was injured it would not be considered an actual ELF action."

I don't have the room to reply here, so you can read it here instead.

MOS - you said: “If someone is making money by changing your life and the world you live in for the worse, then it is your responsibility to prevent that from occurring, regardless of how "hard working" or "honest" they are. ELF actions have no sympathy for the people doing these jobs because they are bettering themselves by hurting others. The people taking these actions are standing up for their beliefs and even though they may not be doing it in a manner you can empathetically understand”

ELF may have no sympathy for the people that do certain jobs, but a large percentage of Americans do. You discuss empathy, but you don't seem to understand it. It’s a humane and sympathetic response to the injury and pain that is caused to any other person, a response that’s hard-wired into most of our nervous systems. The fact that terrorist organizations like ELF exist is proof that this response is not hardwired into everyone’s systems.

Terrorist acts do not generate sympathy for a cause in a liberal democracy like America. Those tactics have never worked here, and they never will. Empathy guarantees that a large percentage of people will despise ELF and their cause in response to arson, threats and bombings.

If ELF does not want to damage to people, could you explain the words of 'Critter' Marshall, an activist currently in jail for bombing a Chevy Dealership, who offers this solution to to our environmental problems:

"there is no easy solution..for life to survive as we know it, millions of people are going to have to die. It's sad to say that, but it's true. Millions of people are already dying - it's just gonna have to start happening here."

I haven't changed my mind, but thank you, Tom, for letting me know more about ELF. You said “I would hope that when your ideals and beliefs are challenged you will have the courage to stand up and do more than posting incindiary remarks on message boards.” Your message might be more effective if we knew more about you. When did you decide to become an animal rights activist? In your university? At your job? From work you’ve done for your town? Do you have a website?