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RE: E-M:/ RE: / Massasauga Earth First! statement about the attempted ELF action at Ice Mountain

Enviro-Mich message from Andrew Mutch <andrewimutch@yahoo.com>

That's funny - I saw Anne's message. Maybe you chose
not to read it?

Andrew Mutch

--- "Trigger, Grant R." <GTrigger@honigman.com> wrote:
> Now that is an interesting word but in fact I did
> not receive any message from Anne - maybe Alex is
> screening my messages.
> So while an interesting word it is misplaced.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David E. Allen [mailto:dallen@nmu.edu] 
> Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 10:59 AM
> To: Trigger, Grant R.
> Cc: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
> Subject: Re: E-M:/ RE: / Massasauga Earth First!
> statement about the attempted ELF action at Ice
> Mountain
> Once again Grant borders on prevarication (perhaps
> he actually did not read 
> Anne Woiwode's email).
> But as a reminder, Anne stated the Sierra Club's
> position on vandalism 
> quite clearly, including the Sierra Club policy
> statement.  Grant is wrong 
> - wrong - wrong.  Do I dare say, as usual.
> Dave Allen
> At 08:11 AM 9/30/03 -0400, Trigger, Grant R. wrote:
> >Content-Class: urn:content-classes:message
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> >Content-Disposition: inline
> >
> >Frankly I am waiting to count the credible
> organizations that denounce ELF 
> >and ANYONE who has the audacity to endorse such
> tactics. Maybe we should 
> >be slicing the tires of any hunter who dares shoot
> an animal, maybe we 
> >should put spikes in the road to stop anyone who
> does not leave enough 
> >room to pass a bicycle, maybe we should put barbed
> wire at about 3 feet 
> >off the gropund on ORV and snowmobile trails - this
> whole discourse should 
> >disgust a normal human being.
> >
> >A ruleless society is a lawless disrespectful
> society and for those who 
> >desire and ecourage defying the law - they should
> move to a country that 
> >embraces a lawless society.
> >
> >As to this issue - Michigan is a net importer of
> water - just check the 
> >facts  - also where do you think the water came
> from that was used to make 
> >and export Stroh's beer and Vernor's ginger ale?
> And Frankenmuth 
> >ale?   Where did the water come from used to can
> vegetables from the 
> >Thumb?  Where did the water come from in the
> radiater of your car?  Could 
> >Ice Mountain bottle water from Lake Huron and be
> less a fiend?
> >
> >First amendment is one thing encouraging actions
> designed to destroy and 
> >put terror in the heart are another
> >
> >Anne - I invite the Sierra Club denounce these
> actions - taking a position 
> >on an issue and endorsing these actions are two
> different things.
> >
> >
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Massasauga EF [mailto:massasaugaef@yahoo.com]
> >Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 12:45 AM
> >To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
> >Subject: E-M:/ Massasauga Earth First! statement
> about the attempted ELF 
> >action at Ice Mountain
> >
> >
> >Enviro-Mich message from Massasauga EF
> <massasaugaef@yahoo.com>
> >
> >Earth First! Applauds the Earth Liberation Front's
> >Attempt to Damage Ice Mountain's Pumping Station
> >
> >Early last week, the media reported that there had
> >been an attempt to destroy or damage the Ice
> Mountain
> >pumping station in Mecosta County, MI. Later in the
> >week, the ELF took credit for the attempt. They
> cited
> >reasons of Ice Mountain's continued theft of water
> >from Michigan. Massasauga Earth First! would like
> to
> >commend the member(s) of the ELF who made this
> >attempt.
> >
> >Massasauga Earth First!'s position is that there is
> no
> >acceptable option but to shut down the Ice Mountain
> >plant.  Water is too sacred to allow greedy
> profiteers
> >to turn it into a commodity.  If we lose this
> battle,
> >then we have lost control of the most basic
> necessity
> >of life. Massasauga Earth First! is dedicated to
> >endorsing and promoting all public and non-violent
> >actions to shut down the plant and educate the
> public
> >about the consequences of water privatization.
> Earth
> >First! also realizes that corporations rarely if
> ever
> >give up their ill-gotten profits easily. That is
> why
> >we recognize the need for an underground resistance
> >that will take action to destroy the profit motive
> for
> >environmental devastation, actions that we cannot
> take
> >as above- ground activists.
> >
> >Brendan O'Rourke shed  crocodile tears in the media
> >last week when he "emotionally" spoke of the
> workers
> >"way of life" being jeopardized by the ELF's
> actions
> >and intentions. Seeing how Ice Mountain has only
> been
> >operating for a year and a half, and is the first
> >large scale water bottling plant in Michigan, it is
> >hard to see how anyone's job at the plant is a "way
> of
> >life."  Furthermore, O'Rourke is not crying about
> the
> >Ice Mountain employees who are losing their 'way of
> >life' in Pennsylvania due to the corporation's
> >overreaching exploitation that shut down their
> >operations there. His attempt to make those opposed
> to
> >the water bottling plant feel guilty for their
> beliefs
> >is transparent and despicable. No one should feel
> that
> >it is inappropriate to protect water for
> themselves,
> >their communities, and for the Earth. Our right to
> >water supercedes any corporations right to seize
> the
> >water and hold it for ransom.
> >
> >We would also like to address the issue of calling
> the
> >ELF "terrorists". The word "terrorist" is a
> >politically charged word. It invokes all kinds of
> >fears, stereotypes and horrible pictures in one's
> >mind. Those in power often us it to discredit
> >opposition movements. Predictably, Ice Mountain has
> >used the word extensively when talking about the
> ELF.
> >But the truth is that terrorism has a specific and
> >accepted definition. Terrorists inflict intentional
> >violence upon random people and other creatures,
> >creating fear and general anxiety. The ELF is not a
> >terrorist organization nor is it a violent
> >organization. They have never hurt, killed or
> nearly
> >missed hurting or killing anyone in any of their
> >actions in this country from 1997 to the present.
> >According to their published guidelines, they take
> all
> >necessary precautions to avoid harming any life,
> human
> >or non-human. Violence can only be done to living
> >beings, not property. The correct term to describe
> >their actions is "ecotage". Ecotage is an act
> against
> >property to diminish the profit of a company or a
> >practice that threatens the environment. It is a
> >strategy used as a response to an extreme case of
> >environmental exploitation. Every day that the Ice
> >Mountain facility pumps 400 gallons per minute out
> of
> >a negligibly rechargeable aquifer, irrevocable
> damage
> >is done to the local ecosystem. Every day that Ice
> >Mountain is allowed to operate, the damaging
> precedent
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