posted on Jan, 31 2005 @ 07:08 PM
I don't know much about the Animal Rights guys, but the Environmental Movement has cost lives and could have done more-these I've seen directly,
having worked security for a Prominent Timber Company in the Pacific Northwest.
Besides the spiking of trees (which kills the trees too, not to mention the damage caused by a whipsawing broken chainsaw blade) there was an incident
where a logging road was trapped with caltrops. A private contractor, owning a single truck, was hauling a load down first thing in the morning. Tires
blew, truck continued out of control down the hill. Road curved and the truck hit the dirt embankment, stopping it abruptly. The load of wet logs
shifted violently forward, rammed thru the cab and decapitated the driver-punching his head somewhere deep within the soil embankment. I'd never seen
my co-worker so pale before, when he got back to the guard shack and was describing what he'd seen.
On patrol, I'd came across vandalism done by a "concerned" environmental group at the settling ponds, where pulp bleaching chemicals and sulphur
compounds were consumed by bacteria and encouraged to settle in three ponds. Each pond successively cleaner than the last before being released into
the river. The whole system controlled by pumps and valves, driven by a neat touch-screen interface in the pump shack. The wackos went in and tried to
force a release of the first stage contaminated liquid directly into the river and instigate a fish-kill that would have ruined miles of shoreline.
Fortunately, since the pumps were computer controlled, the handles were removed from the motor-driven gate risers, so they couldn't be forced open.
Nor could these rocket scientists figure out the simple graphical touch screen interface (draw a line with your finger from where you want a pond to
drain from to where it should go) so they took fire axes to the controls and equipment in frustration. That could have been scary.
I have no trouble branding these stinkweeds as terrorists.