The Earth Liberation Front took credit for a series of attacks on car dealerships in Los Angeles that targeted SUVs and Hummers causing at least $1 million in damage at one dealership where a parts warehouse and 20 Hummers were burned.
They claimed responsibility recently for a $50-million arson fire that destroyed an apartment construction site in San Diego. This photo from their website shows a Vail fire they did.
The Earth Liberation Front is an international underground organization that uses direct action in the form of economic sabotage to stop the destruction of the natural environment. Since 1997, the ELF in North America has caused over $100 million in damages to entities who profit from the destruction of life and the planet.
The FBI has been trying to catch them for years. However ELF is deeply underground and loosely organized, making them difficult to find. A while back the FBI admitted they don’t even know who ELF members might be, much less having solid leads.
The ELF website and their spokesperson are aboveground. They do not know who the underground people are. This is similar to Northern Ireland when the IRA was underground and Sinn Fein was their aboveground political arm. While Sinn Fein and IRA were able to contact each other through intermediaries, Sinn Fein leaders absolutely did not know who the IRA leaders were (If they did, any number of folks would have happily tortured them to find out). ELF emerged out of the Animal Liberation Front in Britain in the 80’s, so no doubt they took this above/underground structure from the IRA and adopted it for their own purposes.
ELF chooses their targets carefully, never hurts people, and invariably makes worldwide news when they strike.