OR On February 2nd, 2000 agents from the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
(ATF), and US Forest Service raided the home, vehicle and former office of Earth
Liberation Front spokesperson Craig Rosebraugh (see Interview,
p. 3). Craig has worked as a spokesperson for the ELF and for other underground
organizations for the last three years (he is also known for his former work with
the local Liberation Collective), receiving anonymous communiqués from
the groups and distributing them and their message to the media and public nationwide.
virtual truckload of equipment and personal items was seized for the investigation
into actions of economic sabotage against those who profit from the destruction
of the natural environment. At the time of the search, Craig was served a subpoena
to testify before a federal grand jury convened in Portland to investigate multiple
actions of both the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front. In addition,
he received notice on February 18th that he was an official target of the grand
jury that intends to indict him on federal charges.
Craig appeared before
the grand jury on February 29th and plead the Fifth Amendment to every question
except his name. He was then granted immunity (which means that he's not allowed
to take the Fifth and faces jailtime if he continues to not answer questions)
and was ordered to reappear at a later date. In a statement read to supporters
at a protest outside the federal building, Craig said, "As you know, the
federal grand jury which has convened in Portland is not just an attack on me
but an attack on everyone who cares about justice, freedom, and making the world
a better place for every form of life to exist."
He appeared before
the grand jury again on April 25th where he again took the Fifth Amendment to
most questions and experienced a memory lapse with regard to others. To everyone's
surprise, he was released, once again, and commanded to reappear, once
again, on May 24th.
In addition, Josh Harper, a longtime dedicated activist,
has also been subpoenaed to this grand jury on the same day. He was served the
subpoena when three US Coast Guard vessels surrounded and boarded a boat that
he was on while attempting to stop the Makah's spring whale hunt in Neah Bay,
Craig and others in Portland who struggle on the side of the
natural environment have faced massive repression in the form of grand jury subpoenas
(May 24th will be Craig's 8th appearance before the grand jury), false arrests
and serious injury at the hands of local police, surveillance, vandalism, harassing
phone calls and death threats, "chance meetings" and home visits by
federal agents, and a suspicious amount of infighting.