Eco-terrorists don't deserve sympathy
We don't know what, if anything, self-described anarchist Kevin Tucker told a federal grand jury on Tuesday.
Yet it's reassuring to know that the U.S. Attorney's Office continues to investigate a series of eco-terrorism crimes that struck Erie and northwestern Pennsylvania in 2002 and 2003.
Members of the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility for the crimes, which included torching sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks at a Girard dealership; setting fire to a crane at a Wintergreen Gorge construction site; releasing foxes from a Greenfield Township ranch; destroying two northwestern Pennsylvania farm fields; setting fire to a U.S. Forest Service research station in Warren County; setting fire to a fur barn in Harborcreek, and releasing breeding minks at the same farm.
The crimes caused at least $1.29 million in damage, and could have imperiled the volunteer firefighters and others who responded to these emergencies. Read More
The Animal Liberation Front has been at it again releasing mink from several farms in the past month. This is actually pretty tame compared to the firebombings they have unleashed at different times. Acts of domestic terrorism have received a lot more attention from federal investigators in the past several years and hopefully the convictions of these criminals will be somewhat of a deterrent to future violence.