Green Anarchist Defies Grand Jury / Activists Protest
- Activist defies call by grand jury
A self-styled "green anarchist" is a no-show for
the eco-terrorism inquiry
Thursday, May 25, 2000
By Bryan Denson of The Oregonian staff
Radical environmentalist Josh Harper was a
no-show Wednesday at the U.S. Courthouse in
Portland, where he was commanded to testify
before a federal grand jury looking into a
string of eco-terrorist arsons.
Harper, who describes himself as a "green
anarchist," defied a subpoena, telling allies
he wouldn't answer grand jury questions about
two underground groups claiming responsibility
for the crimes.
The U.S. Coast Guard subpoenaed Harper at sea
last month as he tried to disrupt the Makah
tribe's hunt for gray whales off the Olympic
Peninsula. A longtime animal rights activist,
he also produces videotapes that depict activists
demonstrating against the fur industry and
stealing captive animals. He could not be reached
for comment Wednesday, but he passed a statement
to allies in Portland.
"My life is my own, my thoughts are my own, and
what I decide to do will not be dictated to me by
judges, attorneys and their lackeys with guns,"
Harper wrote. "If they want me, let them come and
get me. They can drag me to the grand jury room,
but they can never make me speak."
It was not immediately clear whether the government
sought to arrest Harper for failing to appear.
Typically, arrest warrants for contempt of court in
grand jury matters are not made public.
Federal authorities are investigating a three-year
series of arsons and break-ins for which the Earth
Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front --
sometimes jointly, sometimes alone -- have taken
anonymous responsibility. The crimes include a $12
million arson at the Vail, Colo., ski resort that
the ELF claimed to have set to warn against
Craig Rosebraugh, a Portland activist, publicized
those crimes after receiving claims of responsibility
from the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal
Liberation Front. Rosebraugh maintains he does not
know the identities of the culprits, but he strongly
supports their crimes.
Rosebraugh, 28, has been called before the grand jury
twice this year, but he claims he gave the secret
panel no information that would help solve the crimes.
He was subpoenaed to testify Wednesday but was told
Tuesday he would not be called until June or July.
Rosebraugh rallied about 50 activists outside the
courthouse to condemn grand juries and show support
for the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal
Activists protest grand jury session on eco-terror
Thursday, May 25, 2000
By CRISTINE GONZALEZ
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PORTLAND -- Carrying signs that said "Stop Government
Terrorism," demonstrators gathered outside a federal
courthouse yesterday to protest a grand jury
investigating a string of eco-terrorism arson attacks
across the country.
Nearly 50 people gathered in support of Craig
Rosebraugh, who was told he must make a sixth
appearance before the grand jury in June, when he
faces contempt charges if he refuses to answer
questions about the Earth Liberation Front.
"It's another round of ridiculous drama that seems
to be going nowhere," said Rosebraugh, whose subpoena
to appear was canceled late Tuesday afternoon.
"It's obvious to me, since they confiscated my
belongings, that if they really had evidence they
would already have done something," he said.
Rosebraugh has acted as spokesman for the Earth
Liberation Front, or ELF, which has claimed
responsibility for a Christmas Day arson that caused
$1 million in damage to a Boise Cascade office in
Monmouth, just south of the state capital.
ELF also has claimed responsibility for an October
1998 arson that caused $12 million in damage to a ski
area in Vail, Colo., and other fires in Michigan,
Indiana and Oregon.
Federal prosecutors previously have called on
Rosebraugh, hoping he would lead them to the
underground eco-terrorism group.
Although prosecutors have offered Rosebraugh immunity,
which compels his testimony and blocks his Fifth
Amendment right to refuse to answer questions, he has
A judge could cite him for contempt and hold him in
custody indefinitely for refusing.
The FBI raided Rosebraugh's home in February and seized
computers, papers and other items. He repeatedly has
told investigators he knows nothing about the fires and
has acted simply as a messenger for ELF.
Another witness subpoenaed to appear yesterday did not
Josh Harper, a member of Ocean Defense International, a
group against whaling off the Olympic Peninsula, said in
a statement that, "as an anarchist," he would "never
willingly cooperate with the grand jury system."
"My life is my own, my thoughts are my own, and what I
decide to do will not be dictated to me by judges,
attorneys, and their lackeys with guns," said the
statement, which Rosebraugh read out loud. "They can
drag me into the grand jury room, but they can never
make me speak," the statement said.
The demonstration was among several nationwide expected
to draw hundreds of protesters against the grand jury
Other demonstrations were planned in Los Angeles, San
Diego, Bloomington, Ind., Chicago and Minneapolis.