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Assignment 4Mark Reed2/16/15
Greenpeace, Animal Liberation Front (ALF), Earth Liberation Front (ELF), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and Army of God all of one thing in common, they areterrorist organizations. While they may not be as infamous as ISIS or Al-Qaeda they are just as much a terrorist organization. The most disturbing part is that these organizations are here in America operating. Some may question the motives and means that their agendas are carried outand some of these organizations conduct a lot of public relations to not seem like a terrorist organization. By digging a little deeper and truly investigating the actions of these organizations it becomes clear that they are a domestic terrorist organization.Last year the United Nations designated Greenpeace a terrorist organization[Uni14]. Greenpeace has been known to finance terror groups to conduct arson, property destruction, and theft in order to advance its ecological agenda [Mil13]. Greenpeace formed the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977 and has committed acts of eco-terrorism around the world [Jar02]. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been responsible for sabotage by cutting fishing nets, ramming boats, and directly interfering with legal fishing operations. Greenpeace recently vandalized the Nazca Lines in Peru which is a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) site[Uni14]. This lead to their terrorist designation by the UN Security Council. These are clearly the acts of terrorism and not just a non-profit organization trying to create a better world.The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) has become one of the most active extremist elements in the United States [Jar02]. The Fur Commission and the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR), put the fur industry and medical research losses at more than 45 million dollars [Jar02]. The Federal Bureau of Investigations consider ALF to be a terrorist
group. ALF promotes their agenda through arson, bombings, destruction of property, and theft.