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Terrorist Incidents Allegedly Linked to ELF, ALF
By The Associated Press
ASSOCIATED PRESS


The FBI says the Earth Liberation Front has caused more than $100 million in damage since 1996. Some prominent attacks tied to the group and its sister organization, the Animal Liberation Front:

- Aug. 22, 2003: Two men filmed in surveillance videotape in $2.5 million vandalism and arson spree that damaged or destroyed 125 sport utility vehicles at Los Angeles-area car dealerships and homes. Slogans such as "Fat, Lazy Americans" and "I (heart) pollution" painted on vehicles. In March 2004, California Institute of Technology graduate student Billy Cottrell pleaded not guilty in the case.

- Aug. 1, 2003: Arson fire claimed by ELF destroyed five-story condominium under construction in San Diego, possibly part of what ELF has called a campaign against urban sprawl. Damage estimated at $50 million.

- May 21, 2001: Arson fire at University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle causes as much as $3 million in damage.

- March 2001: Days before accused ELF member Jeffrey Luers went on trial in Eugene, Ore. for an arson at a local truck lot, the dealership was hit again. Thirty sport utility vehicles were damaged or destroyed, causing about $1 million in damage. Luers was convicted, sentenced to 20 years in prison.

- Dec. 31, 1999: Arson fire at Michigan State University's Agriculture Hall. ELF claimed to have targeted school because of genetic research on plants.

- Oct. 19, 1998: Fire swept through part of ski resort in Vail, Colo.

- Nov. 29, 1997: Fire at the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse Corrals in Burns, Ore., and 400 horses released. ELF and ALF claimed joint responsibility.

- October 1996: Fire destroyed ranger station in Oregon's Willamette National Forest and suspicious device found on another. First documented ELF attack in United States.

 


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