How do you feel about the United States being at war?
Do you support the decision or are you against it? If
you are against it, do you still support the troops,
knowing they are there to support their Commander in
Chief? What does any of this have to do with flyfishing?
This war really has little to do with flyfishing, but it
has a lot to do with a couple of groups who are determined
to end our fishing tradition. On March 19, 2003, Craig
Rosebraugh declared war on the United States in response
to the US involvement in Iraq. For those who don't know
who Craig is, he is the spokesman for an eco-terrorist
group called the Earth Liberation Front (ELF). He also
does some spokesman type work for another eco-terrorist
group called the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) that often
conducts terror strikes on medical research labs and
restaurants that serve meat products. Both groups
receive financial and ideological support from a group
called People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Craig's declaration and instructions to his supporters came
in the form of a seven-part manifesto. I'll abbreviate
it somewhat, but the full text of my information source
can be read at
Craig's seven points are as follows:
The FBI believes the ELF and ALF have committed more than
600 terrorist acts in the USA, resulting in roughly 43 million
dollars worth of damage in the last seven years. One of
their favorite targets is the property of fishermen and
hunters. These groups with PETA involvement incited the
riots in Seattle a few years ago during an economic summit
in that city. They are also suspected in the sometimes-violent
protests in Oregon this last week. That is one reason that
state has talked about charging those rioters with acts of
terrorism, and that sentiment could travel across the country
as evidence of terrorist involvement surfaces in other protests.
1. Attack the financial centers of this country.
2. Incite large scale urban rioting to draw resources
away from the war in Iraq.
3. Attack the media centers of this country using any
4. Spread the battle to the heads of this country and
US corporations, including hostile visits to their homes.
5. Make it known that their organization does NOT support
US troops, and create the same atmosphere in the USA causing
our troops to lose their morale and will to fight.
6. Actively target US military establishments, using
any means necessary to slow down their functioning.
7. Strike hard and fast, then retreat anonymously to
strike again in a new location without getting arrested.
Now, for the cover my butt part; to link PETA funds to terrorism
and the ELF. Please take a moment to look at the following links:
I'm aware that some might object to a single source for
my info, but the links above will detail all the other
sources that info is derived from. Interestingly, I
noticed a link to the Turner Foundation's contributions
to some of the groups who sponsor PETA and indirectly
the ELF and ALF:
It is a tangled web of financial support and organizations
that train and sponsor homeland terrorism when you look
at the financial links contained at www.consumerfreedom.com.
Considering the fact that Ted Turner is a fly-fisherman,
I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say I don't
think he knows where all his money goes, and who exactly
his foundation supports. However, I will say this; if
you are tempted to join in one of the anti-war protests,
consider who your fellow protesters are and who is
stirring this pot.
And there you are; there IS a link between those
who are sponsoring the anti-war protests and terrorism.
This is a war against terrorism, so those folks have a
reason to sponsor those protests. And, there IS
a link between those who sponsor the anti-war protests
and the folks who want to put an end to your right to fish.
You have a right to your opinion of the Iraq war; and
frankly, I don't care what your opinion is. I think
most people have a few mixed feelings about this conflict,
and some may be much stronger than others both ways.
However, there are some people over there giving their
lives in what they believe is a war against the tyrants
who want to end our lives. We have a choice; we can
support our troops, we can do nothing, or we can support
the homeland terrorists who have a negative interest in
this war. I don't have to tell you how I feel about that one.