View Full Version : Clearcut Cowboy Targets Peaceful Rainforest

12-12-03, 17:21
December 12, 2003
OVERVIEW & COMMENTARY by Glen Barry, Forests.org

The illegal mahogany trade has had devastating effects on the
Amazon rainforest. The trade is largely driven by American
demand for fancy timbers, and Greenpeace and others have
protested this important link for years. In yet another brazen
attempt to undermine civil liberties (under the fog of self-
fulfilling perma-war), the "Clearcut Cowboy" is using an obscure
"sailor mongering" law to stifle peaceful civil disobedience by
Greenpeace. The indictment is the first time a non governmental
organization has been charged for free speech activities of its
members. Greenpeace had been protesting entry of illegal
mahogany - under U.S. law it is illegal to import mahogany that
has been illegally exported. Rather than "indicting Greenpeace
for blowing the whistle on illegal smuggling, our government
should be intercepting the contraband and prosecuting the

This case clearly illustrates the Bush administration's contempt
for the environment and civil liberties, and misuse of power for
a political vendetta. Along with the "Patriot Act", pre-emptive
war, and contempt for global society and the environment - these
policies hint of modern day fascism in America - properly defined
as authoritarian government closely aligned with business

Who will Ashcroft's army come for next? During the Nazi era and
other times of evil imperial power, people often kept silent as
long as they were not targeted. Bush's prosecution of Greenpeace
- which threatens their non-profit status - is a "threat to all
Americans (and indeed the world)... selective prosecution of a
group like Greenpeace merely because the government disagrees
with its point of view would set a devastating precedent."
Silence in the face of Bush fascism will mean loss of liberty,
resource driven war, and the death of the Earth and many of its
inhabitants - including humankind. Stop Bush.

Article from Forest Conservation News Today

John Falstaff
12-12-03, 20:30
A topic dear to my heart!

But I'm not clear about the law Greenpeace are being prosecuted under?


12-12-03, 23:29
I remember seeing a picture somewhere in a book. It was a picture of a rainforest being cut down, and there was a tree laying on the floor, with an animal laying on top of the tree. I read the caption, which said that the animal was a dead sloth still clinging onto its former home. That picture made me so angry, probably when I became an environmentalist.

I don't understand how Bush can be so... uh... uncaring, to put it in more pleasant terms. He's ALL about money, which is why he is the president because that's all Americans and other people the world care about. He hates the environment, it's like he thinks brown clouds are prettier than white ones and breathing **** is healthier than clean air. Ok, this makes me so mad. I just read about how they started bear hunting after 33 years in New Jersey, so I have a lot of anger right now.

John Falstaff
14-12-03, 23:39
More info. on this topic can be found here!



15-12-03, 17:16
Thank you for the link John.
This is ridiculous. If officials have to look all the way back to a law from 1872 then it just shows how desperate they are to sweep something under the rug that they know is wrong. And meanwhile the illegal mahogany will continue to be brought over. :mad:

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