23 Nov 2008
there was understandable dismay at a recent story which told of a 'growing threat from eco-terrorists'.
Police were said to be investigating the eco-movement Earth First! which, they claimed, had supporters who believed that reducing the Earth's population by four-fifths would help protect the planet. The National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit was concerned that a lone maverick might attempt a terrorist attack. It had also warned several companies they were being targeted as major polluters by the group and had offered them advice on how to withstand attack.
It's perfectly legitimate to report police security concerns, but none of the statements were substantiated. No website links were offered, no names were mentioned, no companies identified and no police source would go on the record.
The article linked Earth First! to climate camps established last summer, including one at Kingsnorth power station, Kent, and at Heathrow.
Earth First! in its early days in the US had a few population bomber types, who said sad and indefensible things. They did not however plot killings.
I am very critical of Malthusians but I don't know they are actively calling for death camps!
EF! Uk rejected the population hysteria for an anti-capitalist analysis.
Even if EF! were mad green terrorists they are not identical to the climate camp, so layer upon layer of distortion here.
If you want to know more about EF...may be have a read of my book Earth First! and the anti-roads movement. Routledge 1999.
or look at their site
Ian Bone is celebrating the Guardian U turn, he did a bit of digging on the story, so all credit to him on this one.
Not that I endorse every thing he said on the Jonathon Ross show! That though is another story...