Domestic Terrorism Targeting Science and Research

By April 25, 2009Innovation

Good report this morning on NPR’s Morning Edition Saturday, “Animal Researchers Unite After Extremists’ Attacks,” with the focus being on UCLA scientists and David Jentsch, a neurobiologist.

Jentsch refuses to give into the fear. After his car was set on fire, he founded UCLA Pro-Test, an organization that supports animal research and the UCLA scientists who have been targeted by extremists.

Last week, he spoke before hundreds of UCLA medical students, professors and technicians rallying in Los Angeles to support animal researchers.

“Whether you participate in animal research or not, we are all a community of scholars and we are standing up today to say that that horrible face that comes in the night can’t come anymore — it has to stop,” he told the crowd.

FBI this week elevated the public profile of its efforts against domestic terrorists, adding an animal extremist to its Most Wanted list.

Daniel Andreas San Diego, 31, a former resident of tiny Schellville who is believed by authorities to be hiding out in Costa Rica, is the first domestic terror suspect to be added to a list that officials created a month after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

San Diego is accused of detonating pipe bombs in 2003 at a pair of firms, Chiron Corp. in Emeryville and Shaklee Corp. in Pleasanton. No one was hurt in the early morning attacks, though the FBI contended Tuesday that San Diego “intended to cause serious injury or death.”

Interestingly, there’s quite a sophisticated PR effort that defends environmental and animal rights terrorists as victims of government oppression and civil rights abuses. Right. Next thing you know people will start claiming I.F. Stone was an independent-minded journalist.

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