'Street of Dreams' fires coincide with UW ecoterror trial
12:53 PM PST on Monday, March 3, 2008
By DEBORAH FELDMAN / KING 5 News
TACOMA, Wash. - The "Street of Dreams" arsons near Woodinville coincide with the trial of one alleged Earth Liberation Front (ELF) member at the federal courthouse in Tacoma.
Jurors began deliberations in the case against Briana Waters, 32, on Friday. Prosecutors say she was the lookout in 2001 when the Earth Liberation Front set fire to the Center for Urban Horticulture on the campus in Seattle.
The arson cost the university $7 million to replace the building. The ELF claimed responsibility for the fire because it believed, mistakenly, the center was genetically modifying trees...
The most recent attack in Western Washington committed by the ELF reminds us that we're growing some very dangerous, unstable people who are looking to do damage to communities here for political gain, yet, we never seem to hear about them until they do something like this.
Why? Do we not consider them a threat because they're targeting less popular factions of society like developers, labs that test on animals and abortion clinics? Will we continue to be complacent until they attack people that are viewed in a more favorable light?
I really feel like we should punish those within our society who use terrorism to affect change especially harshly...But this woman will probably get a slap on the wrist.