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Burning Rage of a Dying Planet: Speaking for The Earth Liberation Front

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For five years the aboveground face of the underground environmental group Earth Liberation Front (ELF), Rosebraugh is a man of unrepentant revolutionary convictions. From 1997 until 2001, the Portland, Ore., activist funneled "communiques" from the anonymous and loosely organized "elves" of ELF to local and national media. This role as spokesperson—publicizing ELF’s acts of vandalism, arson and bombing directed against logging companies, "fur farms," businesses that develop suburban housing, a Vail ski resort and even SUV dealerships—quickly brought him to the attention of the FBI. Over the years, his several offices and homes were repeatedly raided, he was subpoenaed seven times to appear before Portland grand juries investigating ELF actions, and in 2002—by which time the FBI had dubbed the shadowy Earth Liberation Front America’s largest and most active terrorist organization—he was called before a congressional committee investigating ecoterrorism. This candid memoir of a young revolutionary (he was 30 when he wrote the book) is often good-natured and even genial, particularly in its account of those police raids and grand jury appearances. But it’s also controversial, as Rosebraugh, though thoughtful and articulate, stands firm in his belief that violence is a legitimate tool in the fight for radical change in America.
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About the Author

Craig Rosebraugh was a spokesman for the Earth Liberation Front from its inception in 1997 to September 2001. In February 2002, he was called to testify before Congress, where he invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 50 times. Rosebaugh has appeared in numerous publications, such as the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, National Geographic, and others, and has written for Earth First!, No Compromise, and other radical journals. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590560647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590560648
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By Folantin HALL OF FAME on September 24, 2005
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After reading about the case of Jeff 'Free' Luers, sentenced to 22 years and 8 months in prison for torching 3 SUVs, I decided to research more about The Earth Liberation Front--also known as ELF--and found "Burning Rage of a Dying Planet: Speaking for the Earth Liberation Front" by Craig Rosebraugh. While Luers denies any connection with ELF, the severity of his sentence is a reflection of the increasingly stiff jail terms being handed out for sabotage events termed "eco-terrorism."

Author Craig Rosebraugh served as the media spokesperson for ELF from the first action in 1997 until his resignation in 2001. He charts his life as an activist, and during the first Iraqi war, Rosebraugh quickly found his social attitudes shifting and developing. He became a member of People for Animal Rights, but parted ways with this group when they refused to support the actions of ALF (Animal Liberation Front). Rosebraugh decided he "would philosophically support illegal activity such as civil disobedience and property destruction as long as it was nonviolent." Gradually, Rosebraugh shifted from his single focus on animal rights and embraced a broader based philosophy that addresses various social and political issues. As a founding member of the Liberation Collective, he was recognized as a prominent activist in the Portland area.

In 1997, Rosebraugh began to receive anonymous 'communiques' from individuals announcing various acts of sabotage conducted in the name of the Earth Liberation Front. ELF is an underground movement--composed of individual cells--with no hierarchy, no leadership, and no membership.
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Written by a spokesperson for the Earth Liberation Front from its inception in 1997 to September 2001, Burning Rage Of A Dying Planet: Speaking For The Earth Liberation Front presents the viewpoint of an organization that uses economic sabotage to inflict financial losses on individuals, corporations and governments that, in the ELF's view, place monetary wealth ahead of the natural environment. In February 2002, the FBI declared the ELF to be the largest and most active US-based terrorist group, even though ELF's operations have never claimed a single human life. Burning Rage Of A Dying Planet describes the ELF's history and ideology, scrutinizes the the short and long-term benefits and drawbacks of using violence, and presents a vision of the future of the environmental movement - as well as an American democracy increasingly threatened by the so-called Patriot Act. A sharply worded yet highly literate manifesto, and a must-read for anyone seeking to better understand the ELF's point of view - whether out of sympathy for its goals or antipathy toward its means.
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Author Craig Rosebraugh was spokesperson for the ELF from 1997 until a few days before 9/11 and recounts his experiences reporting on their activities while being continually harassed by the authorities. Branded as a terrorist organization, the ELF was the focus on several grand jury investigations and the author recounts his many adventures avoiding subpoenas and taking the fifth while under constant threat of prosecution. The extent of ELF activities during this time and since 9/11 surprised me, as we read little about them in the national press and we hear even less of their motives and aims. In addition to being a great read for anyone interested in learning more about the radical environmental movement, it raises some important social questions.
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A+. Fascinating take on the boom in radical environmentalism in the late 90s-early 00's.
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