Widespread violence in Dakota shows need for Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act

Five environmentalists have been indicted on federal charges for setting fire to a bridge at the site of often-violent protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

They’re accused of arson, throwing firebombs at police, and trying to stampede buffalo into police officers.

Other protesters have been caught throwing propane gas bombs at police.

FBI reports show that despite our problems with Islamic terrorism, most domestic terrorist attacks are carried out by environmentalists.

It’s time to begin treating environmentalist groups as terrorist threats and adopt the Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act.

The DAPL protests are just the latest in a 40-year-war of bloodthirsty violence by environmentalists, but they are typical of a liberal movement that sees mayhem and even murder as legitimate forms of political protest.

“The indictment unsealed (Feb. 8) stems from one of the protest’s most chaotic confrontations, an all-day Oct. 27 melee that saw agitators set blazes, hurl rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, and try to start a buffalo stampede with riders on horseback,” The Washington Times reports. “About 700 protest-related arrests have been made since August, mostly for trespassing and rioting involving activists who posted bail and were promptly released, but the indictment reveals that at least a handful of activists remain in jail pending trial on federal crimes.”

“At least one other activist remains in federal jail. Red Fawn Fallis, 37, was initially charged with attempted murder for firing three shots as she lay face-down on the ground while deputies tried to restrain her,” the Times reports.

Other protesters were caught turning pressurized propane bottles used in camp stoves into improvised terrorist bombs, throwing them at police.

One protestor’s arm was shredded by a blast.

Police point out the injuries were consistent with that of a homemade bomb, protesters claim it was caused by a flash grenade.

Environmentalism is, at its heart, a violent movement.

Founded on the belief human life is destroying the planet, many environmentalist leaders openly embrace the reduction of human populations as a policy goal, and endorse the use of violence and terrorism to achieve it.

“Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental,” Dave Forman, founder of Earth First!, once said.

The patron saint of environmental terrorism is “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, who used mail bombs to methodically kill three and injure 23 over a 20-year-campaign of terror.

“What first motivated me wasn’t anything I read. I just got mad seeing the machines ripping up the woods and so forth,” the terrorist told Earth First! in a prison interview.

It should be no surprise, then, that the FBI has long recognized environmentalists as America’s most prolific terrorist threat, even after Sept. 11, 2001.

“Special interest extremism, as characterized by the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), has emerged as a serious terrorist threat,” the FBI’s James F. Jarboe, Domestic Terrorism Section Chief, testified to Congress in 2002, just five months after the 9/11 attacks.

“Special interest extremists – most notably within the animal rights and environmental movements — have turned increasingly toward vandalism and terrorist activity in attempts to further their causes,” Jarboe noted.

Law enforcement efforts to stop the violent terrorist attacks of ALF, ELF and anti-DAPL terrorists would be greatly assisted by the adoption of the Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act.

The AETA would create specific penalties for acts of vandalism, violence and terrorism carried out by animal rights and environmentalist groups, and would enter convicted environmentalist terrorists into a federal database.

More importantly, it would allow the victims of environmentalist terrorism to seek monetary damages from terrorists and terrorist groups of up to three times the total amount of the losses they suffered.

That’s what would end environmentalist terror.

Environmentalists who attempt to plant bombs and kill police officers are often trained and deployed by wealthy environmentalist lobbying groups, who then drop all ties to the terrorists they let loose.

The AETA would finally hold environmentalist groups responsible for radicalizing and arming terrorists, and it would save lives.