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Green Scare Defendants

The term "Green Scare," alluding to the Red Scare of the 1940s and �50s, refers to legal and extralegal actions taken by the U.S. government against environmental and animal rights activists. Like the Red Scare, the Green Scare uses new laws and new arms of the state to harshly punish a few individuals in order to repress an entire movement.

In December 2005, government agents carried out a nationwide sweep of arrests, charging fourteen individuals with actions claimed by the Earth Liberation Front and/or Animal Liberation Front in the Northwestern U.S. dating back to the mid-90's. The actions include a 1997 fire that destroyed a horse slaughterhouse in Oregon (the plant was not rebuilt), and fires that destroyed pens and chutes at Bureau of Land Management wild horse holding compounds in Oregon, Wyoming and California (horses were also freed during the actions). Despite no injury caused to any living being, a judge determined that some of the arsons constituted "terrorism" under Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

In November 2006, Nathan Block, Daniel McGowan, Jonathan Paul and Joyanna Zacher entered non-cooperation plea agreements in which they accepted responsibility for their own roles in environmentally-motivated property crimes, but did not agree to provide information or testify against anyone now or in the future.

Unfortunately, other individuals admitted guilt after their arrests and proceeded to provide information to the government. In order to receive reduced sentences, these individuals agreed to cooperate with the state in ongoing investigations against the environmental and animal rights movements. Those individuals are not listed here.

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Nathan Block #36359-086
FCI Sheridan
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 5000
Sheridan, OR 97378

Joyanna Zacher #1662550
(in transit)

On June 1, 2007, Joyanna Zacher and Nathan Block were sentenced to 7 years and 8 months imprisonment each. For more information about Joy and Nathan, please contact their support campaign:

Daniel McGowan #63794-053
MDC Brooklyn
Metropolitan Detention Center
P.O. Box 329002
Brooklyn, NY 11232

On June 4, 2007, Daniel McGowan was sentenced to seven years in prison. He reported to prison on July 2.

Learn more about Daniel at the following websites:, Myspace.

Jonathan Paul
Jonathan Paul will be sentenced on August 1.

Briana Waters
Briana Waters was indicted in 2006 and released after entering a plea of not guilty. Her trial is scheduled to begin in September 2007.

Briana has taken a principled stand and deserves your support. Please visit for more information.

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