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TheDogPress characterized them as Terrorists, now Wikileaks reveals this internal DHS report on the “sociopolitical agenda” of “Animal-Rights Militants."


Animal Rights terrorist are a ticking timebombFebruary 2011 TheDogPress.com

Compiled by Staff


Since the early 90s, we have repeatedly warned {1} that Animal Rights Advocates prefer subversive legislative action to overt terrorism.  Campaign contributions (payoff) to carefully chosen legislative leaders such as Rick Santorum of PAWS fame are much more effective than raiding animal research laboratories in outright acts of terrorism.


In 2008 the political goals of Animal Rights ii insurrection came under scrutiny by the Department Of Homeland Security due to the potential for acts of violence and terrorism.  Depending on how politically informed you are, you may see us as going backward under DHS leadership but be assured, the FBI ranks ELF as the #1 Domestic Terror Threat {2}.  As reported by TheDogPlace, both ELF and ALF (Animal Liberation Front) are repeatedly referenced in the DHS document to which you are about to have access.


The seriousness of the threat and the scope of the Animal Rights agenda is revealed in this internal report.  As you read, be aware of what has changed since May of 2008.  Janet Napolitano, the third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has taken heavy fire for her alleged ineffectiveness in controlling U.S. borders even as the privacy debate over TSA and airport screenings rages on.  Just this week, news of the subversive, secretly formed ANIMAL RIGHTS CAUCUS in the California legislature has surfaced.


First, read the Department of Homeland Security document, then learn more about how the “animal rights” movement was funded {3} and as the  picture comes into focus in the Animal Rights Legislation {4} section be prepared to decide how “secure” you feel about your right to own animals.


Bolding added for emphasis.


Department of Homeland Security [DHS] Report:

Title: "DHS: Eco Terrorism in US 2008"

Description: DHS: Ecoterrorism: Environmental and Animal-Rights Militants in the United States, 7 May 2008

Message: "DHS: Eco Terrorism in US 2008”


07 May 2008




Ecoterrorism: Environmental and Animal-Rights Militants in the United States





The term ecological terrorists, 1/ or ecoterrorists, refers to those individuals who independently and/or in concert with others engage in acts of violence and employ tactics commonly associated with terrorism to further their sociopolitical agenda aimed at animal and/or environmental protection. The ecoterrorist movement is a highly decentralized transnational network bound and driven by common ideological constructs that provide philosophical and moral justification for acts of violence against what it perceives to be the destructive encroachment of modern society on the planet’s habitat and its living organisms. 2/ [Ref. opening paragraph at p.1 of report]


[Ref. beg. at p. 8 of report]



The ecoterrorist movement operates as a sophisticated and highly decentralized network. It has no overarching hierarchical structure, nor does it have an elaborate organizational infrastructure. Rather, the movement embraces the concept of leaderless resistance, an organizational model that has no uniform authority or centralized control and command structure.44 Shared ideology and a willingness to engage in illegal and violent activities in pursuit of environmental and animal protectionism provide independent actors with structural cohesion through a commonality of purpose. After all, any individual willing to take direct action in support of the movement’s overall aim—to counter environmental and animal exploitation—is automatically considered to be part of the movement.45 (U//FOUO)


Organizational dynamics are barely present, and, to a great extent, activists operate underground. Personal contacts may play into organizational dynamics, to the extent that individual cells or activists exchange information with each other. However, in the vast majority of cases individuals involved in acts of ecoterrorism are not in contact with other individuals or cells engaged in similar activities. Although autonomous cells and individuals are known to take guidance from Internet materials, which provide the parameters and, often, instructions for an action, they tend to execute their activities independently of one another and the movement at large, yet they are consistent with the overarching slogan, “Think global, act local!”46 (U//OUO)


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External relationships and inter-organizational ties are difficult to assess because the groups that constitute the ecoterrorist movement have highly decentralized structures and do not require conventional membership. Yet, it is clear that there is some degree of interaction between various ecomilitant groups and/or individuals. After all, ELF and ALF are considered to be sister organizations and the newer, more radical groups, such as Arissa and SHAC, are their respective derivatives. The following radical environmental and animal-rights groups share some ideological tenets and operational aims; however, the precise nature of their ties remains unclear:

  • ELF

  • ALF

  • Arissa

  • Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC)

  • Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

  • Animal Rights Militia

  • Animal Liberation Brigade

  • Direct Action Front

  • Band of Mercy (U//FOUO)


In addition, various groups that constitute the ecoterrorist movement are also believed to interact, to one degree or another, with mainstream environmental and animal-rights organizations and/or individuals. Although none of the mainstream organizations officially endorses or participates in the illegal and violent activities championed by ecomilitants, some prominent members of mainstream groups are known to sympathize with the ecoterrorist movement. [see reference below]


"According to Martosko, an FBI evidence recovery log from the search of San Diego’s automobile describes a check written to him by Ariana M. Huemer, an employee of HSUS at the time."]  Mainstream organizations with known or possible links to ecoterrorism include the following:

  • Greens

  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

  • The Sierra Club

  • National Wildlife Federation

  • Audubon Society

  • Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) [Emphasis added.]

  • Friends of the Earth

  • Greenpeace

  • Earth First47

  • Coalition to Save the Preserve (CSP)

  • Environmental Task Force

  • The Frogs

  • In Defense of Animals

  • New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance

  • Fund for Animals (U//FOUO)

Among the highlighted organizations, PETA, the Fund for Animals, In Defense of Animals, the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance, and certain individuals within the HSUS are known or suspected of having financial ties to individuals and groups associated with ecoterrorism.48 In addition to financial ties to ecomilitancy, both HSUS and PETA, or at least individuals within those organizations, have an established record of supporting individuals and/or groups commonly associated with ecoterrorism. David Martosko, director of research for the Center for Consumer Freedom, in his testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works in 2005, gives examples of HSUS’s links to ecomilitants:49

  • According to Martosko, Miyun Park, an HSUS employee listed as a benefactor, has been named in at least six federal wiretap warrants in connection with a Federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism trial. Martosko claims that these warrants also include University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) professor Steven Best, PETA grantee (and terror defendant at the time) Joshua Harper (convicted ecoterrorist), and PETA employee Joe Haptas.

  • Martosko further claimed that Daniel Andreas San Diego, wanted by federal authorities for involvement in the detonation of ten-pound shrapnel bombs in 2003 at two California biomedical research companies, also had links to the HSUS.  According to Martosko, an FBI evidence recovery log from the search of San Diego’s automobile describes a check written to him by Ariana M. Huemer, an employee of HSUS at the time.

  • Martosko recounts the story of John Paul “J.P.” Goodwin to illustrate another tie between the HSUS and violent animal-rights activists. In 1997, when Goodwin was the national director of the Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade, he wrote in No Compromise that he and his group “support these [ALF] actions 100%. We will never, ever, ever work with anyone who helps the FBI stop the ALF....this is one of the best things to happen in a long time.”50

In March 1997, after the ALF arson of a fur farmers’ feed co-op in Utah that resulted in $1 million in damages, Goodwin told reporters, “We’re ecstatic.” In 2000, the HSUS sent Goodwin as its emissary on a tour of Chinese fur farms.


By 2001, he was an HSUS employee and remains on the HSUS’s full-time staff. (U//FOUO)


END NOTES [herein referred to as footnotes]



fn 1/  The terms ecological terrorist, ecoterrorist, radical/extreme/militant environmentalist and animal rights activist, ecomilitant, or their variations are used interchangeably throughout this Dynamic Threat Assessment (DTA) and are all meant to convey the same thing.

fn 2/  Patricia Leigh Brown, “Ideas & Trends; Enabling, and Disabling, Ecoterrorists Ideas & Trends; Enabling, and Disabling, Ecoterrorists,” New York Times, November 16, 2003, at http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9503E5DD1338F935A25752C1A9659C8B63.



fn 44/ The concept of leaderless resistance was originally developed by white supremacist Louis Beam. For more on leaderless resistance, see Simson Garfinkel, “Leaderless Resistance Today,” date unknown, at

fn 45/ B. L. Smith, K. R. Damphousse, and P. Roberts, “Pre-Incident Indicators of Terrorist Incidents: The Identification of Behavioral, Geographic, and Temporal Patterns of Preparatory Conduct,” U.S.

fn 46/Horne,“The Radical Environmental Movement: Incorporating Empire and the Politics of Nature.”



fn 47/ Earth First! started out as a radical organization that pioneered tactics associated with monkey wrenching. Since the early 1990s, the group has become more mainstream by distancing itself from illegal and violent activity.

fn 48/ For more on the financial links between ecomilitants and other organizations, see Financing subsection under Logistics.

fn 49/ Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, Environmental and Animal Rights Terrorism and Its Above-Ground Support System, testimony of David Martosko, director of research, Center for Consumer Freedom, May 18, 2005, at http://epw.senate.gov/109th/MARTOSKO_TESTIMONY.pdf.  It should be noted that the Center for Consumer Freedom is funded by alcohol, tobacco, and food interest groups. Although Martosko’s testimony is often detailed and compelling, some of his claims cannot be corroborated by other open sources.

fn 50/ See http://www.nocompromise.org/features/4furwar.html.

fn 51/ Environmental and Animal Rights Terrorism and its Above-Ground Support System.


Get more information and dig for gold on Animal Rights ii and Domestic Terrorism


{1} Who Will Fight Animal Rights Terrorists May 2005

{2} ELF ranked #1 Domestic Terrorist Threat

{3} Origin & History of Animal Rights Movement

{4} Complete coverage on Animal Rights Terrorism





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