At the time of writing this, it is coming up to 10 years since 9/11 when terrorists crashed three planes into the Twin Towers buildings in New York and The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia killing not only themselves but also just under 3000 men, women and children.
One of the responses to these tragic events was the Homeland Security Act of 2002 creating the Department of Homeland Security whose main tasks was to protect the mainland USA against the attacks from terrorists. In May 2008 United States Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate prepared a briefing document entitled: “Ecoterrorism: Environmental and Animal-Rights Militants in the United States”.
Perhaps one of most disturbing and surprising observation from the document is that PETA, The Fund for Animals, In Defense of Animals were not only cited as groups with well known sympathies to ecoterrorist but also that there was evidence to suggest they actually had financial ties to individuals and groups associated with this form of terrorism.
The document can be accessed here as a pdf file and makes for interesting reading.