Ted Kaczynski, an eco-terrorist who waged a bombing campaign that killed 3 people and injured many more, who studied at Harvard and taught at Berkeley, is finally dead.
The Unabomber may be gone but his legacy lives on. Ecoterrorists like him have gone mainstream vandalizing art and terrorizing individuals.
They’ve gone so mainstream that Earth First has a Biden appointee. And Earth First was the Unabomber’s north star.
When FBI agents raided Kaczynski’s Montana cabin in April 1996, they found copies of the Earth First! Journal, as well as an Earth First! affiliated publication called Live Wild or Die. This broadsheet, funded by Mike Roselle, included a now-famous “Eco-F*cker Hit List.”
At the top of the Hit List was the California Forestry Association. In the middle was a prominent cartoon about the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Kaczynski sent dozens of mail bombs; three were fatal. He killed an employee of the California Forestry Association, and a Burson-Marsteller PR executive named Thomas Mosser. Kaczynski (mistakenly) believed that Burson-Marsteller was responsible for rehabilitating Exxon’s public image after the 1989 Valdez oil spill.
The source of that mistake? An essay in the Earth First! Journal, which the FBI says was one of Kaczynski’s “favorite” periodicals. A letter found in Kaczynski’s cabin — titled “Suggestion for Earth First!ers from FC” [“FC” was the Unabomber’s pseudonym] — read in part: “As for the Mosser bombing, our attention was called to Burston-Marsteller [sic] by an article that appeared in the Earth First! Litha.” The reference to “Litha” is in keeping with the Journal‘s habit of naming its issues after (pagan) lunar-calendar months.
According to ABC News and other media outlets, the FBI also believes that Kaczynski attended an Earth First! gathering just one month before murdering Mosser…
And the support was mutual.
A cartoon in the 20th Anniversary issue of the Journal noted: “Trees are for hanging. Kill a developer.” And the Unabomber could easily have read Dave Foreman’s words: “The blood of timber executives is my natural drink, and the wail of dying forest supervisors is music to my ears.”
the Earth First! Journal includes convicted cop-killer Leonard Peltier among its list of prisoners who deserve “support” (they insist he was framed). Until recently, the Journal also included Unabomber Ted Kazcynski on the same list. “They are in there for us,” the Journal notes.
And Earth First is now in the Biden administration.
Unfortunately BLM became a bastion of environmentalists opposed to any kind of development and, under Biden, even outright eco-terrorists, like Tracy Stone-Manning, his BLM director.
Tracy Stone-Manning had been the spokeswoman for the eco-terrorist group EarthFirst and had sent a threatening letter to the Forest Service warning that the terrorists had rigged a forest with traps and concluding with, “You bastards go in there anyway and a lot of people could get hurt.”
Instead of going to jail, Biden nominated the eco-terrorist to head BLM and Senate Democrats, including Senator Manchin, voted to confirm her into office.
Had the Unabomber stayed out of prison, maybe Ted Kaczynski could have been in the Biden administration.