Tre Arrow and the Criminalization of Dissent

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<p>Environmentalist, prolific activist, and refugee hopeful, Tre Arrow has been incarcerated in Canada for over two years. He is being imprisoned while awaiting a possible extradition to the United States, where the FBI is accusing him of brainwashing three younger activists and masterminding the arson of logging machinery.&nbsp; The three people were facing a potential 80 years in prison, but after spending four consecutive days being interrogated by the FBI, they said Tre planned it all and made them do it. For their accusal, they got their sentences reduced to 3.5 years.&nbsp; Tre is facing Minimum Life in Prison, with no chance of parole.</p>
  <p>After working tirelessly for years to protect some of the only ancient forests left in the North Western US, Tre had become an extremely well-known and important organizer.&nbsp; Like other organizers, Tre found himself at the forefront of a movement which successfully interfered with industrial powers, and he therefore became a target.&nbsp; Demonized as an 'eco-terrorist' throughout the media, the public's mind has been so inundated with the idea that he is a terrorist that his chances for a fair trial have been ruined, and that is the basis for his argument against extradition.</p>
  <p>In the summer of 2005, a BC supreme court judge ruled that he should be extradited to the US, a decision which Tre appealed.&nbsp; His fate is now in the hands of the Minister of Justice, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic_Toews" target="_blank">Vic Toews</a>, who's deadline for a decision is Tuesday, April 4.</p>
  <p>You can visit <a href="http://www.trearrow.org">Tre's support page</a> for information on him, his case, and how you can help out.</p>
  <p>The term 'eco-terrorist', used with impunity to ruin people's reputations in the mainstream media, is a word crafted by a sick and dangerous man named Ron Arnold.&nbsp; I highly recommend checking out this <a title="The Terminator" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Arnold" target="_blank">Wikipedia page</a> on him and his work.&nbsp; The page also has an excellent list of links for you to learn more about the intense right-wing war against all those who care for and defend the earth.&nbsp; </p>
  <p>Ron, considered an &quot;expert on eco-terrorism&quot;, is quoted in the Toronto Star as saying, &quot;Our goal is to destroy, to eradicate the environmental movement ... We're mad as hell. We're not going to take it anymore. We're dead serious - we're going to destroy them.&quot;&nbsp; &quot;We want to be able to exploit the environment for private gain, absolutely ... and we want people to understand that is a noble goal.&quot;&nbsp; This is the guy who is paid $3000 a day to advise government and business agencies on how to deal with environmentalists.</p>

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