Saturday, December 10, 2005

Jefferson Poplar Farm in Clatskanie, Oregon

Eugene, Oregon, U.S. - A total of seven individuals have been indicted on arson and sabotage charges in the federal government's recent crackdown on earth and animal liberation activists. Kevin Tubbs, 36, of Springfield, Oregon, Bill Rodgers, 40, of Prescott, Arizona, Sarah Harvey, 28, of Flagstaff, Arizona, Chelsea Gerlach, 28, of Portland, Stanislas (Jack) Meyerhoff, 28, of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Daniel McGowan, 31, of New York City where all arested on Wednesday. Josephine Sunshine Overaker remains at large. Additionally, six individuals (1,2,3,4,5,6) have been subpoenaed to testify at a Eugene, Oregon Grand Jury scheduled for March 16th, 2006.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Friedman declined to say what led to the arrests after years of investigation. The FBI and the Building Industry Association of Washington recently began offering $100,000 rewards for information on earth and animal liberation cases. The indictments were handed down by a Summer 2004 Eugene Grand Jury which got bad press for handing out subpoenas to a number of single moms. The mothers were given the difficult choice of testifying or being sent to jail as means of coercion, leaving their children in uncertain circumstances.