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Ecology Defense


15 Mar 2002
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Frontline: Rosebraugh Responds to Follow-Up Questions from Congress

Frontline Information Service - News 3/15/02

Former ELF Spokesperson Receives 54 More Follow-Up Questions From Congress;
Rosebraugh Responds


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2001

PORTLAND, OR - Craig Rosebraugh, former spokesperson for the underground Earth Liberation Front, received 54 more questions from U.S. Congress in response to his repeated reliance on Fifth Amendment protection during the February 12, 2002 Subcommittee Hearing on Ecoterrorism[sic]. Receiving the additional questions on March 1, 2002, Rosebraugh was instructed by Rep. Scott McInnis (CO) to respond no later than March 15, 2002. Rosebraugh turned in his responses to Congress today, Friday, March 15, 2002 and surprisingly enough, he actually answered many of the questions.

McInnis, who chairs the Congressional Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, had subpoenaed Rosebraugh to testify at the February 12 hearing in Washington. During the proceedings, Rosebraugh relied upon his Fifth Amendment protection over fifty times answering only two questions confirming he was a U.S. citizen and that he did indeed submit an eleven page written testimony to Congress (available as a pdf at http://www.protectcivilliberties.com">). McInnis responded by sending 54 follow-up questions and threatening that he intended to seek Congressional contempt charges against Rosebraugh.

Contained within the required take-home test given by Congress to Rosebraugh are questions ranging from probes into his personal beliefs to direct inquiries as to his relationship with the ELF. Rosebraugh chose to directly answer at least 39 out of the 54 questions.

"I decided to answer questions asking for my opinion because I am not ashamed of my personal political beliefs" Rosebraugh commented. "As I have repeatedly stated, the United States government is the most extreme terrorist organization in planetary history. I would not be honest with myself or the public if I did not acknowledge the desperate need for massive political and social change within this country."

Rosebraugh did rely on various Constitutional rights for the remaining questions.

Rosebraugh is available for comment through the following civil rights organization,

Mobilization to Protect Civil Liberties 503.972.6764

For a complete copy of the additional 54 questions and Rosebraugh's responsessee http://www.protectcivilliberties.com

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