Tuesday, April 19, 2005

ALF and ELF, not just acronyms anymore...

...they're officially terror organizations. A list compiled by the Homeland Security Department includes the Animal Liberation Front, who among other things, habitually vandalizes mink farms and releases their furry contents - allowing them to meet their gruesome demise at the teeth of hungry predators.

And the Earth Liberation Front lost a tolerant member today, convicted of fire-bombing "evil" SUV dealers:
LOS ANGELES -— A Caltech graduate student convicted of helping to firebomb scores of sport utility vehicles was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison and ordered to pay $3.5 million in restitution.

Cottrell, 24, was convicted in November of conspiracy to commit arson and seven counts of arson for an August 2003 vandalism spree that damaged and destroyed about 125 SUVs at dealerships and homes in the San Gabriel Valley east of Los Angeles.

At his trial, the prosecution had accused Cottrell of "arrogance" and a "towering superiority" toward people who did not share his environmental views. Cottrell had testified that SUV dealers were evil.

Vandals used spray-paint to deface the vehicles with slogans such as "Fat, Lazy Americans," "polluter" and "ELF," for Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group.
What a sad day for California's higher learning, that a graduate student doesn't have enough sense to not slap an "ELF" calling card on his crimes. While his prospects as a career criminal are as dim as he is, Cottrell is exceedingly qualified to become a Democratic strategist.

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