Long sought ecoterrorist arrested at Canadian border

posted at 4:01 pm on December 1, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

This one came out of the blue, considering I didn’t even know anyone was still looking for them. Up on the Canadian border, the FBI has arrested somebody who has been on their radar for a very long time. Rebecca Jeanette Rubin was a high profile member of the ecoterrorist group ELF (the Earth Liberation Front) and has been on the run for quite some time. It appears that run has come to an end.

A Canadian woman who has been an international fugitive from charges relating to a string of fires set by environmental radicals surrendered to U.S. authorities on Thursday, officials said.

After a decade on the run, Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, 39, turned herself in at the Canadian border in Blaine, Wash., the FBI announced. She faces federal arson and conspiracy charges in Oregon, Colorado and California. After an appearance in federal district court in Seattle, she will be sent to face trial in Oregon, officials said.

Rubin is accused of being part of a cell known as the Family, which was based in Eugene, Ore., and was affiliated with the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front. From 1996 to 2001, the group was responsible for 20 arsons in five Western states, officials said.

“The Family” was under the direction of William C. Rodgers of Arizona, who was arrested in 2005. He committed suicide. Most of this took place quite a while ago, but among the many infamous cases of arson they perpetrated, one of the most violent, spectacular and expensive was the burning of a 206-unit condominium which was under construction near San Diego, California in 2003. Fortunately, nobody was killed in the massive blaze, but it caused approximately $20M dollars in damage, including a $7M construction crane and the explosion of a 500 gallon fuel tank. When it was all over, the following charming message was left in the rubble.

If You Build It

If you build it, we will burn it.

The cited reason for burning down the complex? They were protesting urban sprawl. By 2005, the FBI considered ELF to be “the country’s biggest domestic terror threat.” You can view a pretty good timeline of their attacks at Wiki, spanning a period from 1997 to 2009. It’s a lengthy tale of pipe bombs, arson and mayhem, all in the name of supposedly helping to save the planet. They claimed to be “the burning rage of the Earth.”

This is all more than enough reason to be glad that another of their members has been brought to justice, even if very belatedly. Now we have to find out if she’s already got some legal loophole to get out of this or if she’ll actually face trial.


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Legal loophole? It’s called “Presidential Pardon.”

Libraritarian on December 1, 2012 at 4:04 PM

20 hours of picking up trash along the highway, then the book deal.

Limerick on December 1, 2012 at 4:09 PM

I’m sure she’s really concerned about what’s going to happen to her with Holder as AG.

/

besser tot als rot on December 1, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Good to know we have law enforcement on the Canadian border.

JPeterman on December 1, 2012 at 4:11 PM

The Left will surely call her a ‘political prisoner’ or ‘prisoner of conscience’ and demand her immediate release, with lawyers provided pro bono by the ACLU.

Free Mumia! /sarc

Liam on December 1, 2012 at 4:13 PM

If you build it, we will burn it.

Golly that sounds just like bho/team on any business or citizens here in the US! If YOU DARE build it, bho/team will see to it is toast by way of taxes, regulations, and just take it from you!

Agenda 21 comes to mind!
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letget on December 1, 2012 at 4:15 PM

IRONY ALERT.

a string of fires set by environmental radicals

Helllllllo……global warming people. Don’t contribute to it by putting those fumes and smoke into the atmosphere.

They are such derps.

PappyD61 on December 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Now we have to find out if she’s already got some legal loophole to get out of this or if she’ll actually face trial.

Are you kidding? This is going to be a show trial like the terrorist trials were going to be. This is the platform for her and her lawyers to grandstand and indict the developed world (i.e, the US) for all of the damage being done to the earth, the god that these people worship. It will allow a platform to spew more anti-industrial, anti-technology propaganda and will align very well with the Obama regime’s attack on fracking, refusal to allow offshore drilling and closure of federal lands to oil exploration. This is perfect for the administration’s next four years. … and since the democrats and MSM (but I repeat myself) hate progress and support the eco-fringe left goals, the MSM will be giving plenty of airtime to this “trial”.

/I really hope I’m wrong

AZfederalist on December 1, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I wonder how they feel about a couple hundred thousand acres for a wind farm? To burn or not to burn? Perhaps blowing up would be better. Yet, wind farms are so ecologically friendly…unless you’re a bird. Then, not so much.

Would growing corn to burn in automobiles be a target? Dried corn would burn well. Burning it in the fields would probably pollute less than putting in gasoline tanks. Choices, choices.

STL_Vet on December 1, 2012 at 4:24 PM

20 hours of picking up trash along the highway, then the book deal.

Limerick on December 1, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Be a damn shame if she was run over by a contractor in a gas-guzzling 4×4 hauling his freshly killed 6×6 trophy elk to the ranger station.

Yep, a damn shame.

M240H on December 1, 2012 at 4:25 PM

As for the destruction caused by ELF, charges will be simply dismissed. Their targets were wealthy one-percenter’s and all that. Deserved what ELF gave them.

Now, about that air pollution caused by all that smoke and carcinogenic air released by the fires they set?

Probably get a small fine and community service for that.

She’ll be out on the street by year’s end.

coldwarrior on December 1, 2012 at 4:26 PM

And the cops didn’t catch her; she turned herself in.

andycanuck on December 1, 2012 at 4:26 PM

The arrest is just the FBI recruiting her for Obama.

Charm on December 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Every firefighter who responded to these fires put his life in danger. She needs life without parole.

rbj on December 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM

ecoterrorist

Capitalist Hog on December 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I question the timing.

OldEnglish on December 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM

ABC News Brian Ross: “Now Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, she maybe a member of the Tea Party.”

sentinelrules on December 1, 2012 at 4:30 PM

If you build it, we will burn it.

I’m confused.

Didn’t Obama tell us “You didn’t build that?”

coldwarrior on December 1, 2012 at 4:31 PM

That is one fugly dude.

Ygritte on December 1, 2012 at 4:32 PM

New Secretary of the Interior?

darwin on December 1, 2012 at 4:33 PM

So – after spending Millions of Taxpayer Dollars chasing her, the FBI was impotent in their efforts to “catch” or “apprehend” her…

As you state – she walked in of her own volition and “surrendered” to authorities…….had she NOT “given up”, she would still be free, the FBI would STILL not “have” her, and Taxpayer money would STILL be getting spent to “find” her…..

williamg on December 1, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Look at the mustache on this ugly chick. Not too mention the saddle nose.

http://www.trbimg.com/img-50b7ccfd/turbine/la-na-nn-20121129-001/600

sentinelrules on December 1, 2012 at 4:33 PM

IRONY ALERT II

They will surely REBUILD, and when they do…….they WILL USE MORE RESOURCES from the EARTH.

ECO-Derp.

*If they burned our house down here in Possum Holler we’d build it back even bigger and install another heat/air unit and get another fireplace (so we could BURN MORE TREES)!!!!

BBBBBWWWWHAHAHAHAHAHA

PappyD61 on December 1, 2012 at 4:36 PM

I suspect the surrender was negotiated. These people tend to be non-repentant.

Blake on December 1, 2012 at 4:36 PM

I think she should be duct taped to a tree and peed on by a bunch of bikers, for real this time.

Night Owl on December 1, 2012 at 4:40 PM

What is the carbon footprint of 203 condos burning?

bartbeast on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Smaller than Al Gore’s home/estate carbon footprint?

coldwarrior on December 1, 2012 at 4:45 PM

When are they going to start going after real terrorists like the Teabaggers and VFW?

WeekendAtBernankes on December 1, 2012 at 4:48 PM

http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/informant-tracking/

Blake on December 1, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I see they do not inspire loyalty in their members.

Night Owl on December 1, 2012 at 4:48 PM

One of them committed suicide so maybe………..

docflash on December 1, 2012 at 4:50 PM

“The Family” was under the direction of William C. Rodgers of Arizona, who was arrested in 2005. He committed suicide…

Pretty much speaks to the character of this ilk…

Seven Percent Solution on December 1, 2012 at 4:58 PM

IRONY ALERT.

a string of fires set by environmental radicals

Helllllllo……global warming people. Don’t contribute to it by putting those fumes and smoke into the atmosphere.

They are such derps.

PappyD61 on December 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Yup. ELF/ALF also burned a bunch of SUVs at a car dealership. All that plastic, rubber, paint etc. Oily black smoke into Mother Gaia’s lungs.

rayra on December 1, 2012 at 4:59 PM

If these ELF enviro-wacko’s actually really truly believed in their cause, they’d be more than willing to take the Thich Quang Duc personal involvement approach.

A lot less pollution generated and a much smaller carbon footprint than, say, oh, a 206 condo fire and stuff.

Seems a pretty shallow belief system they have.

coldwarrior on December 1, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Seems a pretty shallow belief system they have.

coldwarrior on December 1, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Shallow belief system come from shallow minds, and they don’t get any shallower than these idiots.

SWalker on December 1, 2012 at 5:23 PM

This is all more than enough reason to be glad that another of their members has been brought to justice, even if very belatedly. Now we have to find out if she’s already got some legal loophole to get out of this or if she’ll actually face trial.

I guess a second term for the rat-eared wonder has encouraged a homecoming for radical fugitives. There will be no trial under this Justice Department. They’d much rather prosecute BP executives and Corporate CEOs.

Happy Nomad on December 1, 2012 at 5:26 PM

When are they going to start going after real terrorists like the Teabaggers and VFW?

WeekendAtBernankes on December 1, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Don’t forget returning Vets.

But none of this will happen until after January 21st when the deal (with the devil- literally) is sealed.

Happy Nomad on December 1, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Earth Liberation Front is always amusing. How do you liberate inanimate objects? Oh, Gaia is a ‘being’. OK.

Animal Liberation Front. How to you ‘liberate’ animals who whilst relatively sentient have no concept of ‘liberty’?

Anthropomorphism is how.

CorporatePiggy on December 1, 2012 at 5:33 PM

2 to 1 odds say she will end up teaching something at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

MikeA on December 1, 2012 at 5:33 PM

After a decade on the run, Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, 39, turned herself in at the Canadian border in Blaine, Wash., the FBI announced.

It doesn’t seem like anyone WAS still looking for her. She should have been nabbed at home in Canada and dragged across the border. Total scum. Just like the rest of the left and the dems. They are anti-human. If it were up to them, all of the Earth would be returned to nothing but green slime … sort of like Washington under the Retarded Indonesian Sukarno knock-off.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Now we have to find out if she’s already got some legal loophole to get out of this or if she’ll actually face trial.

Is her daddy as rich as Billy Ayers father?

BL@KBIRD on December 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Shallow belief system come from shallow minds, and they don’t get any shallower than these idiots.

SWalker on December 1, 2012 at 5:23 PM

IMO it is less about shallow thinking and beliefs than it is a warped world view based on a selfish and unrealistic outlook. You don’t find groups like ELF/ALF in oppressive societies. Only in places where the idiots feel secure enough that they can start making up fake world problems to solve instead of addressing the real ones. Put another way, you don’t find ecoterrorism in North Korea or South America (where poverty really is doing ecological damage to the rainforests).

This need to solve fake world problems, BTW, also explains most Ron Paul supporters.

Happy Nomad on December 1, 2012 at 5:35 PM

2 to 1 odds say she will end up teaching something at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

MikeA on December 1, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Don’t forget the Lifetime movie where she is portrayed as some sort of brave principled victim forced into torching SUV lots and high-end condos.

Happy Nomad on December 1, 2012 at 5:37 PM

She has Sandra Fluke’s mustache.

Left Coast Right Mind on December 1, 2012 at 5:43 PM

If it were up to them, all of the Earth would be returned to nothing but green slime … sort of like Washington under the Retarded Indonesian Sukarno knock-off.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Then why don’t they all just self-immolate and leave the rest of us alone?

Night Owl on December 1, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Well timed. This scumbag regime is the perfect deal maker for these William Ayer type terrorists. Black Panther Holder will drop charges and she will be on the faculty of some crap bag lib university, sucking tax money up like a Haitian refugee in no time. These lowlifes have been prepped for pardon and introduction into the ruining of America part two. All of barry’s socialists crime bosses have lined up for freedom and the gravy train and his victory has open the gates. America, what a country!

frizzbee on December 1, 2012 at 5:50 PM

2 to 1 odds say she will end up teaching something at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

MikeA on December 1, 2012 at 5:33 PM

…not until she’s been on the speakers circuit, cuts the book deal, and has her own cable talk show on Al Gores network.

KOOLAID2 on December 1, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Left Coast Right Mind on December 1, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Carpet remnant.

coldwarrior on December 1, 2012 at 5:52 PM

A challenge to the EARTHFIRST ELF/ALF crowd.

If you really believe what you preach, then get on a raft made of precut logs and find a place where you’d like to have a reef built and float out there and throw yourself over after you cut yourself to draw the natural carnivores of the sea.

But untie the logs first so that they all go free, or you could just sink it with you.

You’ll create a reef for the fish, you’ll feed them with your carcass and you’ll save the fowl stench of your existence to the great Mother earth.

Eco damage solved, one principled environmentalist at a time.

If you won’t do that then you’re as bad as Bin Laden sending the young out to do his dirty work while he sits in that ratting concubine surfing for porn in Pakistan.

PappyD61 on December 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Look at the mustache on this ugly chick. Not too mention the saddle nose.

http://www.trbimg.com/img-50b7ccfd/turbine/la-na-nn-20121129-001/600

sentinelrules on December 1, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Any bets that she also has hairy armpits and furry legs?

AZfederalist on December 1, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Carol Browner ?

viking01 on December 1, 2012 at 6:18 PM

First she is pardoned by Obama then she is awarded the medal of freedom. People who are anti-business are allies and heroes of this administration.

KW64 on December 1, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Night Owl on December 1, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Damn. I was going to suggest setting her free in Johnstown…

affenhauer on December 1, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Legal loophole? It’s called “Presidential Pardon.”

Libraritarian on December 1, 2012 at 4:04 PM

That’s why she waited until after Obama was reelected.

Wigglesworth on December 1, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Didn’t Bill Ayres and his wife turn themselves in and then get acquited or have the case thrown out? I’m sure they’ll be in touch with her to give her the gouge.

NavyMustang on December 1, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Then why don’t they all just self-immolate and leave the rest of us alone?

Night Owl on December 1, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Because they are cowards consumed with a burning hate for all things and people familiar. They want to make sure we’re dead or put through untold amounts of pain, first.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Be a damn shame if she was run over by a contractor in a gas-guzzling 4×4 hauling his freshly killed 6×6 trophy elk to the ranger station.

M240H on December 1, 2012 at 4:25 PM

IMHO, this is why she turned herself in. Someone (or several someones) who suffered from her Eco-Nazi group had been on her trail and was getting too close for comfort.

You burn down millions of dollars in property, I don’t care who you are or what your cause is, you’ve just made at least one person start having serious fantasies about murdering you.

MelonCollie on December 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Now we have to find out if she’s already got some legal loophole

Eric Holder, call your office!

PattyJ on December 1, 2012 at 9:43 PM

how much carbon did she put into the atmosphere?

the global warm..err CLIMATE CHANGE nazis should be calling for her head on a plate!

warhorse_03826 on December 1, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Say hello to the next EPA director.

BobMbx on December 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Nihilist. Rot in hell.

AshleyTKing on December 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Too bad they won’t execute her. At least they should put her in a cell where all she can do is make her own compost.

Shy Guy on December 1, 2012 at 11:11 PM

It’s called “Presidential Pardon.”

Libraritarian on December 1, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Pardon, heck, there’s a position in his administration with her name on it! Maybe something in the consular field….

GWB on December 1, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Pardon, heck, there’s a position in his administration with her name on it! Maybe something in the consular field….

GWB on December 1, 2012 at 11:24 PM

There’s a position available in Benghazi.
Tie a pork chop around her neck for protection.

justltl on December 2, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Obama has already hired her to write his next autobiography…

DANEgerus on December 2, 2012 at 1:46 AM

When are they going to start going after real terrorists like the Teabaggers and VFW?

WeekendAtBernankes on December 1, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Almost the VFW.

You missed Secretary and Her Excellency Janet Napolitano’s release of an “Assessment” in 2011 which listed vets returning from theater as a potential source of right wing terrorist. The veterans did not hear it as an assessment.

And the Teabaggers are well known for spitting on Congressional Processions.

IlikedAUH2O on December 2, 2012 at 6:04 AM

I see a future in ghost writing and a professorship in the scum’s future.

esnap on December 2, 2012 at 7:38 AM

She is the new Head of the EPA’s enforcement branch, comrade.

Bulletchaser on December 2, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Coming soon: blog posts from Jazz criticizing and mocking the defense team for doing its job.

Dante on December 2, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Only one thing to do with people like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKITYu7z-AY

Dunedainn on December 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

You don’t find groups like ELF/ALF in oppressive societies. Only in places where the idiots feel secure enough that they can start making up fake world problems to solve instead of addressing the real ones.

Happy Nomad on December 1, 2012 at 5:35 PM

And the kicker is, they use these fake world problems to turn non-oppressive societies into oppressive societies.

Dunedainn on December 2, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Rebecca Jeanette Rubin was a high profile member of the ecoterrorist group ELF (the Earth Liberation Front) and has been on the run for quite some time.

Soon to be a special adviser to the Obama Administration.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 2, 2012 at 3:14 PM

I’m suspicious why she turned herself in. Not that I don’t trust this situation, but…

…I don’t trust this situation.

Bob's Kid on December 3, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Hey, HEY! …
But don’t call them “terrorists”, none are Military Vets or “teabaggers”.

Dumb luck for the Feds.
They dropped the ball again. This chick should have been snatched years ago.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on December 3, 2012 at 12:33 PM