Magazine article Insight on the News

Ecoterrorism: An Overlooked Threat to the United States

Magazine article Insight on the News

Ecoterrorism: An Overlooked Threat to the United States

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The perverted ideology-over-humanity beliefs that motivated the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington are analogous to the hateful motivations of ecoterrorists operating today in the United States. The new awakening of Americans to the horrifying, incomprehensibly evil attacks by terrorists on Sept. 11 is being used to establish new domestic-security measures in our immigration, transportation and communication systems. The liberalization of these systems of American government and commerce during the last quarter-century have placed our very survival in jeopardy. The suspected terrorists appear to be from a religiously aligned extremist group where ideology eclipses the value of human life.

America, and Americans, are forever changed by the aerial hijacking and bombings of terrorists who have exploited the flamboyant arrogance of those among us who are too cowardly to understand that the truest and darkest forms of evil do exist in the human heart. The last decade of American political obsession with "political correctness" has emasculated our military, intelligence and criminal-justice systems, rendering them blind and wholly ineffective in maintaining that most-basic responsibility of the federal government: national security.

Mimicking religious movements, the environmental movement has grown worldwide to become the largest, mostdensely-organized political cause in human history. Environmentalism, and its environmentalist believers, have become skilled at gaming the U.S. environmental-regulatory system for political advantage in the guise of politically correct progressive public service as tax-exempt organizations.

Noted for particularly aggressive growth and fund raising, U.S. environmental groups have grown from about 2,000 to more than 4,000 as tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations in the last decade. As nationally or internationally organized groups, environmentalists can become radical, extreme, anarchist or nihilist entities such as Greenpeace or Earth First with truly ecoterrorist tendencies. Greenpeace is widely known for its eco-stunts of installing human chains and large protest signs on ships, trees, skyscrapers and bridges, jeopardizing both lives and property. Something even more disturbing called the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) has, in recent years, taken responsibility for firebombings of U.S. housing-development construction sites, timber-harvesting operations and genetic-engineering research laboratories. …

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