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New American ELF Prisoner: Brian Lefey

Earth Liberation Prisoners | 27.07.2008 10:16 | Ecology | Repression | World

Urgent ELP! Bulletin (26th of July 2008)

ELP has just heard of the arrest of an American called Bryan Lefey, aka Bryan Rivera. (See mainstream media article below). If anyone has any further details about this arrest or know Bryan or anyone else mentioned in the below article, please do get in contact.

Bryan's address is:

Bryan Lefey #38664-086
FDC SeaTac
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198


FBI arrests Earth Liberation Front suspect in Olympia

By Jeremy Pawloski | The Olympian • Published July 25, 2008

An alleged Earth Liberation Front member was arrested by FBI agents at an
Olympia residence Wednesday morning, and is charged with causing $500,000
worth of damage to research trees at a U.S. Forest Service facility in
Rhinelander, Wisc. in July 2000, court papers state.

Bryan Rivera, a.k.a Bryan Lefey, a.k.a. "Rat Dog," is charged in an
unsealed federal indictment filed in the Western District of Wisconsin
with one count each of depredation of government property in excess of
$500 and depredation of government property in excess of $1,000.

An official at the Federal Public Defender in Tacoma confirmed today that
Rivera was being held at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac.

FBI agents served Rivera, 31, with an arrest warrant at his home in the
500 block of East Bay Drive Wednesday morning, Robbie Burroughs, an FBI
spokesman, confirmed Thursday. The spokesman would not release details on
the charges until today.

According to the indictment: in July 2000, Rivera and two other suspects
conspired to damage trees at the Rhinelander facility using " 'etching
cream, saws, scraping tools and other items."

"The conspirators believed that the U.S. Forest Service Facility in
Rhinelander was an appropriate target for direct action because the
facility was performing a genetic research project on trees," reads the
indictment. "The conspirators decided to do the attack in combination with
their planned protests at the International Society of Animal Geneticists
(ISAG protests) occurring in late July of 2000 in Minneapolis, Minn."

In addition to damaging 500 trees at the facility, the group also used
spray paint and etching cream to damage U.S. Forest Service vehicles with
references to ELF, the indictment states.

After the vandalism, alleged co-conspirator Katherine Christianson, along
with a man not named as a defendant in the indictment, sent a communique
on behalf of ELF. "The communique ended with the words: ‘We are everywhere
and we are nowhere and we are watching. For wildness and an end to
industrial society.’ It was signed ‘ELF Earth Liberation Front," reads the

For more on this story, read Saturday’s edition of The Olympian.

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