Most SIgnificant Terror Threat to the United StatesSince 1976, environmental terrorists within the United States have carried out over one thousand criminal acts and caused over one hundred and ten million dollars worth of damage. But the image of environmental activists as dangerous, even violent criminals is still jarring to the average American. We do not tend to think of environmental activism as being in the same category as other types of “terrorists” – including militias, jihadists or nationalist activists throughout the world. However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation defines environmental terrorism (or ecoterrorism) as the most significant domestic terror threat facing the United States today. And this threat is seen to have increased significantly in the past twenty years in terms of the types of acts committed, their potential for deadly violence and the numbers of individuals involved in committing these acts or aiding in their…
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Table of Contents
- Introduction -- Definitions
- Environmental Terrorism versus Environmental Warfare
- The Scope and Size of the Problem
- History of Environmental Terror
- Philosophical Basis of Ecoterrorism - Deep Ecology
- Prosecuting Environmental Terror
- Eco-Terror as an International Crime
- Racketeering, the Mafia and Environmental Activism
- Environmental Targeting and Threats to Energy Security