New Orleans, October 29 - Activist lawyer Brenna Bell spoke out
against the Green Scare today at Loyola Law School, and informed
people about how they can resist it.
The Green Scare is a term used to describe a repressive campaign
currently being carried out by the federal government against
Bell said the Green Scare is also called that because "of its
resonance with the Red Scare" of the McCarthyite 1950s. Then the
Communists were the bogeymen, today it's the Terrorists.
Or, more specifically, Eco-Terrorists. Brenna Bell said that term
originated with the Wise Use movement, a right wing attempt to
criminalize environmental successes.
Former US Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez gave the green light to
the Green Scare by devoting an entire press conference to
"Eco-terrorism" several years ago, Bell reported.
Around that same time the FBI announced that the ELF (Earth Liberation
Front) was the #1 domestic terrorism threat. In late 2005 the G-men
(FBI) began "Operation Backfire." It's purpose: to seek out and
destroy environmental direct action groups, especially the ELF and ALF
(Animal Liberation Front).
Bell reported that these groups had previously carried out a number of
successful actions involving saboutage, arson and property damage.
These included the burning of an under-construction ski resort in an
old growth forest in Colorado; the destruction of SUVs in Oregon; the
release of 2000 minks from a 'mink farm' in that state; and the
freeing of wild horses slated to be ground up into horse meat.
"Green Scare is a smokescreen to divert people's attention from real
terrorist actions," Bell said. "Our planet is in serious trouble. The
real Eco-Terroists are those people who pollute our air and water for
short term profits. The environmental activists were motivated by a
desire to stop environmental degradation."