The Earth Liberation Front (ELF), called “a true domestic-terrorism group” by FBI Special Agent David Szady (now the U.S. National Counterintelligence Executive), “has taken credit for the setting of incendiary devices” at the University of Minnesota, a communiqué from ELF announced. The “action against biotechnology research… caused extensive damage” to a crop research facility. ELF said it is “fed up” with “technologies which seek to exploit and control nature to the fullest extent.”
ELF guerillas have taken such actions before. On New Year’s Eve 1999, ELF set fire to the office of Michigan State University researcher Catherine Ives, who was developing disease-resistant crops to help feed people in Africa. “I lost basically my entire professional life,” Ives told 60 Minutes of the attack, which caused $1 million in damages.
It’s just another day in ELF’s war “for the end of capitalism and the mechanization of our lives.”