Earth Liberation Front Terrorist
How can she be a terrorist if she's not a vegetarian? That
seems to be what her father is asking. It almost seem as if
most people take it for granted that vegetarians are violent
left wingers these days!
SWEET HOME, Ore. - Federal authorities have an alleged
eco-terrorist in custody identified as a suspect in the fire
bombings on Vail Mountain. The woman, Chelsea Gerlach, 28, of
Portland, was named a suspect in the $12 million Vail arson
case Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Ore., during a
hearing to set bail on two federal eco-terrorism charges
against her in her home state stemming from a 1999 fire at a
She remains in the Lane County Jail while a grand jury
meets this week. She has not been charged with any crimes
related to the torching of the original Two Elk Restaurant
and other structures at Vail.
"She's not even a vegetarian. That's the weirdest thing
about accusing her of arson for animal rights," said her
father, Harry Gerlach, 54, who lives in the small timber town
of Sweet Home, which his daughter occasionally visited.
The Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group,
issued a "communique" three days after the seven synchronized
fires on Vail Mountain, saying it was protesting the ski
operator's corporate growth and defending "the last, best
lynx habitat in the state."
The ELF and Animal Liberation Front, a group with a
similar agenda, claimed responsibility for many of the fire
bombings and arsons for which Gerlach and five others were
arrested in a nationwide sweep.
Gerlach, whom the FBI identified as "Country Girl" in the
arrest warrant related to the Oregon fires, graduated from
high school in Eugene, about 50 miles and a world apart from
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