Keith's View

At War With The People

Last week in the UK the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit, the government’s gang of agents whose remit is to destroy the animal rights movement, announced that they were happy with the number of activists now in prison or heading there. At the same time we were informed that the role of those issuing the warning remains indispensable because of the emerging threat from the group Earth First! Apparently, warned the detectives of NETCU, environmental activists might be about to start a war on humanity with a view to taking out 80% of the human population! Remember, read what those who represent all that is bad in our society say and turn it on its head. Now you’re getting close to the truth! What is increasingly clear is that there is an agenda taking shape across the planet manipulated by those who control human affairs to reduce the human population massively. Not so? Look around the world it’s happening on a massive scale. Aids, War on Terror, environment destruction, junk food, CJD, malnutrition, cancer, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, Codex Alimentarius… The list goes on and on and on and it’s not happening by accident or because we’re stupid. People are dying in the millions but it’s not those of us trying to make this world better that are responsible for any of it, not a single death! If the monsters that oversee this madness tell you more vaccinations are the answer will you continue to believe them?

In recent years a raft of new laws have been created that make any kind of protest activist

either illegal or dangerous or both and consequently we now have decent people languishing in prisons for running websites, for running lawful campaigns, for being near to exposing animal cruelty… In Austria, where a broad, seemingly random group of activists was recently rounded up and imprisoned for their views the situation has continued to deteriorate as the Supreme Court ruled this week that if a demo is "only" 5m away from the entrance of a shop, it hinders customers and therefore infringes on the right of free trade. Using this ruling, the police have now banned Kleider Bauer anti fur demos in 3 cities in Austria. Further, to hinder the country’s big anti-fur march this week, only 15 participants were allowed to walk near the Kleider Bauer shop and the whole demo banned from marching through town and instead forced to remain stationary for 3 hours and then disperse!

In London another half dozen protesters were arrested yesterday for standing outside a fur shop, same thing happened last weekend and the week before in fact every time they turn up month in month out the police arrive en masse with various powers and proceed to harass, assault and arrest those present, even legal observers who are documenting the event are being targeted by these roaming, lawless gangs. That such extreme harassment is deemed necessary clearly indicates that wild police claims of the AR Movement in disarray and its effectiveness halted is more nonsense. And anyway since when was it the role of the police to seek to attack community groups? Is not their job to deal with crime? For ongoing London anti fur campaign details contact <>

This week the Queen, an immigrant with evil intent, announced once again that ‘her’ government was set to create yet more laws to deal with animal rights activists! She said, /"Legislation will be introduced to establish the Serious Organised Crime Agency, and the powers the police and others have to fight crime will be strengthened. In particular, the bill will introduce new measures to deal with harassment by animal rights extremists”./

The whole lot is here:$1252673.htm

There can surely be no laws left to invent to stop people protesting unless the intent is to stop people speaking out at all! Perhaps the thinking about staging a protest will be their next point of focus? Whatever it is it won’t be used only for those currently rocking the boat here on this island of drone workers and shoppers. AR activists are labelled extremists and their rights trampled on today but tomorrow anyone brave enough to speak out about the wrongs they do will be treated the same.

* Police Warn of Growing Threat From Eco-Terrorists*

* Fear of Deadly Attack by Lone Maverick as Officers Alert Major*

* Firms to Danger of Green Extremism*

* Mark Townsend and Nick Denning *, Sunday November 9 2008 00.01 GMT * The Observer, Sunday November 9 2008 * Article history

*Claimed attack by the Earth Liberation Front*

The aftermath of a claimed attack by the Earth Liberation Front on a 4x4 car dealership in California. Photograph: Sarah Reingewirtz / AP

Police have warned of the growing threat of eco-terrorism after revealing they are investigating a group which has supporters who believe that reducing the Earth's population by four-fifths will help to protect the planet.

Officers from a specialist unit dedicated to tackling domestic terrorism are monitoring an eco-movement called Earth First! which has advocates who state that cutting the Earth's population by 80 per cent will ease pressure on other species. Officers are concerned a 'lone maverick' eco-extremist may attempt a terrorist attack aimed at killing large numbers of Britons.

The National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit, which collates intelligence and advice to police forces, has revealed that eco-activists are researching a list of target companies which they believe are major polluters or are exacerbating the threat of climate change.

The unit is currently monitoring blogs and internet traffic connected to a network of UK climate camps and radical environmental movements under the umbrella of Earth First!, which has claimed responsibility for a series of criminal acts in recent months.

A senior source at the unit said it had growing evidence of a threat from eco-activists. 'We have found statements that four-fifths of the human population has to die for other species in the world to survive.

'There are a number of very dedicated individuals out there and they could be dangerous to other people.'

Earth First! says its mission is 'about direct action to halt the destruction of the Earth' and advocates 'civil disobedience and monkeywrenching', tactics that include sabotage and disruptive behaviour. The movement has links to US environmental extremists which have waged a campaign of violence in America, including the firebombing of a string of 4x4 car dealerships in California in 2003 and alleged arson attacks on other property.

The anti-extremist unit has already alerted a number of major companies which have been accused of being carbon polluters with advice on how they can withstand being targeted by eco-terrorists. Companies are thought to include airport operator BAA, an international mining conglomerate BHP Billiton and firms connected to UK coal-fired power stations.

'They are doing research of possible targets, looking at shareholders and financiers. For example, they could research an airline and see how many of its aircraft are not environmentally friendly,' said the NETCU source.

Although green extremists have yet to embark on an orchestrated campaign of violence in the UK, officers warn that they may be about to launch a campaign of intimidation and fear aimed at disrupting businesses. 'For some people, if they can justify it in their minds, then it's a noble cause even if it's a criminal action. They haven't started yet, but we believe they will come up with a strategy and tactics,' said the source at the unit, who described the movement as well-funded and organised.

A spate of recent attacks, for which Earth First! supporters have claimed responsibility, has included vandalism of branches of seven German banks such as Deutsche Bank and Allianz AG. The actions were apparently because the banks hold shares in UK Coal, which plans to build new coal-fired power stations.

A statement on the Earth First! website explains the attacks by saying: 'Exploitation of the environment and people by the state and industry go hand in hand. They cannot be separated and both must be attacked. Social war, not climate chaos.'

Another attack hit a quarry in Staffordshire which belongs to Bardon Aggregates, a company hat also owns a controversial quarry at Glensanda on the north-west coast of Scotland. The Scottish quarry is accused of spoiling the Highlands environment. The Earth First! website states: 'We slashed tyres, stripped paint jobs, glued locks and trashed conveyor belts. All the earth movers were hit and many of the cement and aggregate trucks. This action cost us very little but should cost Bardon thousands.'

Among the network of groups under the Earth First! umbrella are various climate camps. Last August police found a stash of knives and weapons beside one such camp in Kent. Protesters, however, said they had nothing to do with the weapons and accused police of launching a 'smear campaign'.

A spokesman for Derby Earth First! said the movement was strictly non-violent, if not always law-abiding. He said: 'If someone does ecological damage we would perhaps break the law and protect the ecology, but the ecology also includes humans.

'We're all about communities. Capitalism is the problem and we want to return to a more sustainable time. But we are not about reducing the population, that is just scaremongering by the police.'

The rise of eco-extremism coincides with the fall of the animal rights activist movement. Police said the animal rights movement was in 'disarray' and that its ringleaders had either been prosecuted or were awaiting prosecution, adding that its 'critical mass' of hardcore extremists was sufficiently depleted to have halted its effectiveness. Last Thursday a prominent animal rights activist accused of planting petrol bombs at Oxford University was cleared of possessing an explosive substance with intent.

Reports on the Earth First! Journal website, which tells users how to send encrypted emails, reveals connections to the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) which has been linked to a series of violent attacks in the US. ELF was classified as the top domestic terrorism threat in the US by the FBI in March 2001.

The ELF was founded in 1992 in Brighton by members of the Earth First! movement who wanted to form a breakaway group that would use more extreme tactics.

The Readers' Editor on ... Anonymous Sources and Claims of Eco-Terrorism

The Observer, Sunday November 23 2008

You might think The Observer's concern for the environment arose only in the past 20 years as global warming became apparent, but it has actually been reading the signs since 1925. Waldorf Astor, then the paper's forward-thinking owner, took a keen interest in all things environmental and urged his editor, JL Garvin, to appoint a correspondent to cover ecology and agriculture. Step forward Sir William Beach Thomas, who became, in effect, the first environment correspondent.

Much later, The Observer was to investigate and reveal the 'greenhouse effect' and to warn of its possible consequences. Thousands of words have been devoted to the subject ever since, winning a loyal audience, particularly among those who are active in the environment movement. So there was understandable dismay at a recent story which told of a 'growing threat from eco-terrorists'.

Police were said to be investigating the eco-movement Earth First! which, they claimed, had supporters who believed that reducing the Earth's population by four-fifths would help protect the planet. The National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit was concerned that a lone maverick might attempt a terrorist attack. It had also warned several companies they were being targeted as major polluters by the group and had offered them advice on how to withstand attack.

It's perfectly legitimate to report police security concerns, but none of the statements were substantiated. No website links were offered, no names were mentioned, no companies identified and no police source would go on the record.

The article linked Earth First! to climate camps established last summer, including one at Kingsnorth power station, Kent, and at Heathrow.

While the paper had no intention of suggesting that every activist was a potential terrorist, several climate campers wrote to protest. 'If a journalist is told by a single anonymous source that a movement of people has among it individuals who would take the lives of men, women and children in a terror attack, what standard of evidence does that journalist require? In this case: no evidence whatsoever. The claim itself was the story.'

We've been here before. Other newspapers reported on a predicted 'summer of hate' at climate camps that never materialised and the Press Complaints Commission found against the Evening Standard at climate campers were planning attacks at Heathrow.

Environmentalist Keith Metcalf explained that Earth First! supported direct action against property, but not against people. He believed that the debate around sustainable population size had been twisted to imply that environmentalists wished to kill people.

He also repeated the belief of several others that Nectu was briefing in this manner in order to make prosecutions easier and to boost its funding, which is at risk owing to the decline in animal rights campaigns. I can't verify that or the fears about mass murder because, despite repeated requests, Nectu won't respond. Accordingly, The Observer has decided to withdraw the story.

From Dusk 'til Dawn
An Insider's View of the Growth of the Animal Liberation Movement

© Keith Mann