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February 12th - NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST STATE REPRESSION
21 Jan 2002
Protests: Feburary 12th: Former Spokesperson For The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Subpoenaed To Appear Before A U.S. Congressional Subcommittee On Eco-Terrorism. *** PLEASE CONSIDER ORGANIZING LOCAL SUPPORT PROTESTS IN FRONT OF U.S. FEDERAL BUILDINGS IN YOUR CITY! ***
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Protests: Feburary 12th: Former Spokesperson For The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Subpoenaed To Appear Before A U.S. Congressional Subcommittee On Eco-Terrorism. *** PLEASE CONSIDER ORGANIZING LOCAL SUPPORT PROTESTS IN FRONT OF U.S. FEDERAL BUILDINGS IN YOUR CITY! ***







FORMER SPOKESPERSON FOR THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT










FORMER SPOKESPERSON FOR THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT (ELF)
SUBPOENAED TO APPEAR BEFORE A U.S. CONGRESSIONAL SUBCOMMITTEE ON
ECO-TERRORISM
Take part in the NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST STATE
REPRESSION. A national protest will be held in Washington, D.C. on
February 12, 2002. For those who can't make it, please consider
organizing local support protests in front of U.S. federal
buildings in your city!
(For information on solidarity protests in other cities:


http://www.protectcivilliberties.com/othercities.html)
Craig Rosebraugh was a spokesperson for the North American
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) from 1997-2001. The ELF is comprised
of anonymous, autonomous cells committed to causing economic
damage to those systematically destroying the earth in pursuit of
profits. After years of watching the government become more and
more an instrument of big money, the observation was made that,
since money is the only thing those in power value, their pocket
is where they must be hit. Since 1997 ELF has inflicted more
that $40 million in damages to entities profiting from the
destruction of the environment. The ELF has never inflicted loss of
life, but its actions have persuaded some companies to cease doing
business with destroyers of the environment.
On October 31st Craig received a subpoena to testify at a
Congressional Subcommittee meeting on "eco-terrorism." Craig is
commanded to appear before the Congressional Subcommittee on
Forests and Forest Health at 3:00 p.m. on February 12, 2002 in
Washington D.C.
The latest subpoena is part of a long history of harassment
waged in retaliation against Rosebraugh for passing on anonymous
information and expressing support for a cause unpopular with the
monied factions that own the government. Craig has already faced
seven grand jury subpoenas and has had his home and businesses
raided twice. Hundreds of items of property valued at thousands of
dollars were stolen by federal agents during these raids. Federal
agents have followed Rosebraugh and monitored his communications
for years. And have never come up with an indictment.
At a Congressional meeting on October 3, 2001, U.S. Rep. Scott
McInnis (CO), chairperson of the Subcommittee on Forests and
Forest Health, argued that Craig should be subpoenaed to provide
them with information on the ELF. When one of the
committee members made the reasonable objection that subpoenaing
Craig would be a waste of time, he was accused of being "soft on
terrorism." The committee member thusly accused had simply pointed
out that Craig had been subpoenaed before and had never given any
information, that his house had been raided, etc. yet he had
never been indicted for any crimes.





This pattern of fishing and harassment illustrates the true
motive behind these actions: intimidation. What they want from us
is SILENCE OBEDIENCE. If we won't give up our liberty, the
message is they'll have to take it the hard way.



A little information on congressional committee hearings:
A witness subpoenaed to a congressional committee is exposed to
many of the same risks as someone called before a grand jury. One
does not have the right to remain silent and cannot take the Fifth
Amendment unchallenged. If the witness refuses to answer any
question, no matter how objectionable, they can potentially be
sentenced to prison for an indefinite length of time. Unlike the
grand jury process when a judge ultimately decides if the witness
is to be held in contempt of court, Congressional members
themselves make the decision in Congressional committees and
subcommittees. Since there is no judge or third party involved in
the process, members of Congress can decide to hold Craig for not
talking or for simply not answering in a way they find acceptable.
Whatever the outcome, having done nothing but exercise his
constitutional right of free speech, Craig will be forced to
appear in D.C. and to incur thousands of dollars in legal fees
just to be represented at the hearing.
For those who would like to help but can't become actively
involved, please consider donating to Craig Rosebraugh's legal
defense. Make all checks and money orders out to "RESISTANCE" and
send to P.O. BOX 40091, PORTLAND, OREGON 97240.



For more information contact:
FEBRUARY 12th - NATIONAL
DAY OF ACTION AGAINST STATE REPRESSION
P.O. Box 40091
Portland, Oregon 97240
503.972.6764



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