In the nation’s zeal to protect its borders from international terrorism, Americans must not overlook the escalating threat from homegrown fanatics who resort to terrorist tactics to advance their causes. Two recent attacks in Utah offer vivid reminders that the war on terrorism has a domestic front, as well.
The Earth Liberation Front claimed responsibility for last month’s $1.5 million fire at West Jordan’s Stock Building. A sister organization, the Animal Liberation Front left its calling card two weeks ago at Brigham Young University’s animal husbandry center. That fire caused more than $30 thousand in damages.
While their secretive members may claim otherwise, the E-L-F and the A-L-F are extremely dangerous terrorist organizations. According to one FBI expert, the two groups have committed more than 600 criminal acts in the U.S. since 1996. While it appears true, as these eco-terrorists defiantly claim, that no one has been killed or seriously injured through their actions, it’s likely only a matter of time before human life is taken.
As with all terrorism, it is an insidious and terribly misguided effort designed to intimidate those not in step with their myopic views – in this instance on ecology and animal rights. In KSL’s view, such dangerous organizations must be numbered among the enemy in America’s war on terrorism.