Winds of Change Newsletter,
December 2005 See sidebar for table of contents
Ecoterrorism Tops the Charts
(excerpted) by Renae Bonnett
A May 19 FBI report directs the US
government's antiterrorism efforts toward defenders of nature. FBI head
John Lewis suggests that the potential for terror from environmental
groups outweighs any other in America today. The report clarifies the
government's definition of "ecoterrorism," but the article fails to
explain where the term originated.
Ron Arnold, vice president of The Center for the Defense of Free
Enterprise- a group advocating the industrialization and capitalization
of natural resources-wrote "Eco Terrorism," which appeared in a1983
edition of Reason Magazine. Arnold is the credited father of the Wise
Use Movement manifesto.
The CDFE website boasts Ron Arnold's efforts to bring the group's idea
of ecoterrorism to high levels of concern--providing testimony to
Congress linking environmentalism to terrorism. Arnold's testimony drew
a correlation between all environmentally-minded groups and used
examples of a few radical incidents to make a connection to terrorism.
Arnold's group worked to paint environmentalism as a dangerous social
movement, while blessing the sidewalk sale of natural resources as an
American right and testament to a true capitalist system.
If any lingering doubts remain about the serious efforts of the CDFE and
champions for the Wise Use Movement, consider that from the
cdfe.org site, you are only an anonymous mouse click away from reporting
shady treehuggers in your own backyard.
Environmentally-minded people share a vastly different perspective on
eco-terror than the one promoted by the likes of Arnold. Forest
clear-cutting, mountain leveling, the filling of air and water with
toxins--risking the health of humans and the environment well into the
futurethese are acts of ecological terror. After all, these activities
pose a threat to human health and the planet's very ability to sustain
life; defenders for the common cause may even acquire designations like
"hero" and "patriot." Nevertheless, Arnold and the Center for the
Defense of Free Enterprise built a gob pile of rhetoric, fixing
suspicion upon those working to act in defense of America's air, water,