Wise Use in the PRCIA

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Our goal is to destroy, to eradicate the environmental movement We’re mad as hell. We’re not going to take it anymore. We’re dead serious we’re going to destroy them. -Ron Arnold

If the troubles from environmentalists cannot be solved in the jury box or at the ballot box, perhaps the cartridge box should be used. -James Watt

We’re going to destroy them, like they’re trying to destroy you! -Ron Arnold

Environmentalism is a new paganism that worships trees and sacrifices people. -Ron Arnold

There is a greater chance of being struck by an errant lavender blue asteroid than there is of dying from most EPA regulated pollutants! Which brings us back to the militia… protect us from the monster we have allowed our federal government to become. Long live the Militia! -Jim Faulkner, National Federal Lands Conference

There has been a strong relationship between the intelligence community and the business community.

In the 60’s and 70’s many intelligence officers, both current and former, were organized by Casey and Bush into private groups such as the National Strategic Information Center (NSIC) formed by Casey in the 60’s. The officers were then recruited as consultants and staff by public relations and security firms. The intelligence officers were composed of several groups one of which were those fired by Carter’s DCI Stansfield Turner. Casey and Bush also organized the ex-agents into the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO). Many of these ex-agents joined the NSIC, CSIS and the Heritage Foundation.

NSIC-, AFIO-, CSIS-,and Heritage Foundation-related former intelligence officers were engaged by the Ronald Reagan/Bush campaign in 1980. Casey and Robert Gray of Gray and Co (now a subsidiary of Hill and Knowlton) lead Reagan’s campaign. The former officers were credited with engaging in a campaign that involved, among other things, the production and distribution of forged letters and phony photos. NSIC members served on Reagan’s transition team following the defeat of Carter. A Reagan Transition Team document suggested using private groups to avoid regulatory constraints against domestic intelligence gathering.

During the 80’s, CIA and military intelligence techniques came to be used as a matter of domestic “political necessity”. These techniques were increasingly used by a group of Public Relations and security firms. These firms, which had hired ex-agents to perform these techniques on behalf of their corporate clients together with the clients and the various private groups formed by them are referred to here as the PRCIA. This group was tied closely to CIA operations in foreign countries. This group was composed of important Casey or Connally allies and organized ex-agents.

In the next stage the private groups and the Public Relations firms were used to influence domestic politics in favor of the Reagan Administrations covert foreign policy initiatives. These groups devised the foreign and domestic anti-terrorism campaigns which became the major weapons used by the Reagan administration to battle its policy opponents including the Committee in Support of the People of El Salvador (CISPES) and the Sanctuary Movement.

It is our theory that the techniques developed by the intelligence community were transferred into PR firms by ex-agents. These techniques were then imported into local and State electorial and other political activities, especially those requiring domestic, consensus building.

It is our theory that the relationship between the business community and the intelligence community was used to develop sources of funding for covert operations through the selective rewarding of government contracts and the use of illegal securities transactions and mob-style techniques to bust out S&L’s. Individuals were assisted in gaining control of S&L’s and banks for the purposes of laundering drug money and securing loans from which a portion was diverted to covert operations. Much of this activity occurred in California, Texas and Florida.

It is our theory that the CIA and its associates, under Casey and with the help of Casey’s business associates including Connally, funneled money defrauded from the S&L’s through Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) to the Saudis who passed the funds onto the Casey-lead covert operations.

Once the covert wars were completed or the means used for funding them were exposed, as in the Iran-Contra scandal, the PRCIA, in circa 1987, turned to influencing domestic policies regarding resource exploitation using techniques similar to those used by the CIA in the Central American conflicts including the Contra War.

The environmental campaigns on the Northcoast were waged in the courts in an effort to cause the enforcement of existing laws, in demonstrations organized by Earth First! (EF!) to draw public attention to the threat of continued natural resource exploitation, and through the ballot measures in county and State elections in efforts to reform existing laws. The nature of the conflict of non-violent tactics versus “ecotage” within the larger environmental community created a debate with local news letters such as the Mendocino County Environmentalist and the Country Activist serving as the forums. These Environmental campaigns were reactive to Corporate Industry/government attempts under Reagan/Bush to complete liquidation of natural resources and focused especially upon the forests and the corporate timber industry which exploited them.

It is our theory that the Industry’s campaign relied upon name-calling, surfacing into the public view through letters to the editor from individuals organized and trained by the combination of industry groups, public relations firms and private organizations staffed by ex-CIA agents–the PRCIA. The local campaign against proponents of the expansion of Redwood National Park in the late 70’s and early 80’s was revived as to objectives, qualities, and players forming the local anti-preservationists. The roots of the slander campaigns conducted by industry on the north coast are found in the campaigns against the Wobblies and other labor organizers as exemplified in the strike of ’35 with the battle at Hammond Lumber’s gates. The modern anti-preservationists relied upon using propaganda undiscerning of the means in use by environmentalists. eg, radical environmentalists file frivolous lawsuits, terrorists publish, ie, all opponents are evil. Industry’s campaign was reactive to its environmental opponents’ campaigns to halt industrial liquidation plans.

The FBI campaigns have their roots in the history of the 60’s and 70’s cointelpro campaigns against civil rights groups. There were many indicators of this type of FBI campaign on the north coast including the use of private firms to store information for corporations, coordinated with industry by public relations firms and private organizations staffed by ex-intelligence agents. The FBI campaign was reactive to the ecotage propaganda attributed to EF! which itself may have been a PRCIA or cointelpro product.

Its program consisted of a pattern of dirty tricks, threats, violence and other acts associated with the CIA in other countries. Its history includes the special relationships amongst Casey, Connally and Bush. It was reactive to environmental campaigns and used in support of industry’s exploitation plans.

The Corporate Industry naturally opposed all legislation and regulation as well as the lawsuits. Forests Forever’s Prop 130 and Big Green galvanized the wise-use movement and provided a California focus for the wise-use groups’ efforts. Moreover since the center of environmentalist activity was the north coast the focus of the wise-use movement’s reaction was the north coast.

As the wise-use movement raised the ire of its members with propaganda against the environmentalists, threats to environmentalists and their groups took the new forms of mimicry of real or imagined EF! tactics, cointelpro tactics and the old form of death threats with roots in historical groupings such as the Stompers. The history of the Stompers from the past had implications in the modern case. The boycotts and death threats were reactive to Redwood Summer and to the elections.

On the third anniversary of the mill accident that injured a worker in LP’s Cloverdale mill an unsuccessful bombing occurred at the same mill. The media treatment of the bomb indicated no cause. This treatment compared to the accident three years earlier indicates a similarity to incidents in which LP or others managed the news for its own ends. Only later under the influence of the Lord’s Avenger’s letter did speculation attribute the Cloverdale bomb to EF!

Other investigations conclude the following points:

An intercorporate timber group formed in 1986-87 and decided to use Ron Arnold’s model for organizing timber communities. The motivation for dirty tricks in 1987 by LP may have been an attempt to force the largest cut possible on the National forest lands during the ten-year planning process in 1987.

The wise use movement was formed during August 1988 with timber interests froming links with bikers, ranchers, farmers, oil and mining. In 1989, the Timber Industry expanded its political base prior to the first wise-use conference held in Reno that year.

The dirty tricks plan came from Hill an Knowlton, working with industry executives and public relations personnel. They didn’t necessarily deliver the dirty tricks. Charles Cushman and Candy Boak targetted EF! for the 1989 dirty tricks campaign, while environmental radicals were named by the FBI as the most dangerous “domestic Terrorists”

The motivations for dirty tricks during early 1990 included the announcement of Redwood Summer, the role of Judi Bari and the International Workers of the World (IWW) within the logging and millworker community, and its call for eminent domain over Mendocino timberlands.

The bombing was a conspiracy with three objectives: eliminate, disrupt and portray. The conspiracy originated in industry circles and was carried out with federal and local law enforcement collusion. Local persons may have played operational roles. Judi Bari was the immediate and sole target of the bombing. Judi Bari was to be killed and Darryl Cherney blamed for the death. The bombing was planned for Oakland. The Lord’s Avenger letter was misdirecting, because the bomb was not placed in Mendo County as claimed in the letter.

This is a study of the approximately 3500 FBI documents and speculation about documents missing from the court ordered release demonstrating the relationship between the FBI and the PRCIA.

This is a description of the anti-A ads and Gerald Partain’s anti-130 ballot arguments. The identifiable advocates for Prop 130 included advocates for Humboldt County’s June 1990 Measure A. In the preparation of the campaign against 130 forces were developed in Humboldt to oppose A. A and 130 would cost the corporate timber industry more than 38% of their gross and represented a huge loss worth billions.

This is a history of the anti-abortion bombings and bombers enumerating the 33 bombings and the resulting arrests and comparing them to the use of explosives in the EF! movement, evaluating the similar rhetoric and other indicators tying the anti-abortion bombings to the Lord’s Avenger’s letter.


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