Firebrands Of Ecoterrorism Set Sights On Sprawl

The recent burning of San Diego mega-condos demonstrates radical environmentalists' tactical shift to housing, commercial sites.
August 6, 2003, 9am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Property damage in the name of environmental protection dates back to the "monkey wrenching" advocated by groups like Earth First. But trashing logging trucks and driving spikes into old-growth trees pales in comparison to recent events - arson and vandalism of luxury homes, and violent assaults on the symbols of urban sprawl. SUVs have been vandalized or firebombed in Santa Cruz, Calif., Eugene, Ore., and Erie, Pa. At the US Navy recruiting headquarters in Montgomery, Ala., cars were spray painted with antiwar messages and a truck was set on fire. The FBI now considers such attacks - dubbed "ecoterrorism" - to be America's most serious form of domestic terror."

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Published on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 in The Christian Science Monitor
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