Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Planned to Bomb Nimbus Dam

In this story from today’s Bee the case of the three eco-terrorists who planned to bomb, among other local targets, Nimbus Dam and the salmon hatchery, is moving to conclusion with one of the defendants apparently willing to testify against the other two.

Here is an excerpt.

Woman makes plea deal in eco-terror case
She pleads guilty to conspiracy and agrees to testify against her two co-defendants.
By Denny Walsh -- Bee Staff Writer Published 12:01 am PDT Wednesday, May 31, 2006

In an apparent bid for leniency, one of three people charged in an eco-terrorism plot pleaded guilty in Sacramento federal court Tuesday and agreed to testify against the other two.

Lauren Weiner pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in connection with the trio's alleged plans to blow up commercial and governmental facilities in the Sacramento region.

She agreed to cooperate with the government's investigation and prosecution of the case, including testifying against co-defendants Eric Taylor McDavid and Zachary O. Jenson.

The 20-year-old Weiner admitted that one of their targets was the U.S. Forest Service's Institute of Forest Genetics in Placerville.

McDavid, Jenson and Weiner were accused in a grand jury indictment with conspiring to blow up the genetics lab in Placerville, the Nimbus Dam and nearby fish hatchery in Rancho Cordova, and cellular telephone towers and electric power stations in unspecified locations.

Weiner also admitted the group planned to take credit for their actions on behalf of the Earth Liberation Front, which the FBI has identified as a terrorist movement dedicated to violent attacks on what its followers believe are symbols of society's destruction and exploitation of the environment.

Congress has defined federal crimes of terrorism to include those involving the use of explosives that are "calculated to influence or affect the conduct of government by intimidation or coercion, or to retaliate against government conduct."