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Who Are The Legal Terrorists?
by Rick Sieman
Like everyone else, I was stunned by the terrorist attack of September 11.
As I read the emails and wondered just how America would respond, an email
was forwarded to me. As I read it, my blood began to boil and I realized
that my fists were clenched so tight the nails were digging into my palms.

Before I go any further, let me share that email with you, and then I'll
tell you why this sent me off my own personal Richter Scale. Here it is,
unedited:

To: Sierra Club staff From: Allen Mattison Date: Sept. 12, 2001 Re: Club
message change in response to national crisis In response to the attacks
on America, we are shifting our communications strategy for the immediate
future. We have taken all of our ads off the air; halted our phone banks;
removed any material from the web that people could perceive as anti-Bush,
and are taking other steps to prevent the Sierra Club from being perceived
as controversial during this crisis. We will re-evaluate as the national
climate shifts. For now, we are going to stop aggressively pushing our
agenda and will cease bashing President Bush. We strongly need to avoid any
perceptions that we are being disrespectful to President Bush. Now is a time
for rallying together as a nation; the public will judge very harshly any
groups whom they view as violating this need for unity. If you are asked
about what this terrorism does to the Sierra Club's agenda, please respond
simply by saying that right now the public needs to focus on comforting each
other and strengthening our national security to deal with the crisis at
hand. When debate on other issues resumes, we will rejoin those debates.

At first glance, this just seems like a harmless memo meant to defuse any
possible bad public relations reactions against the Sierra Club.

But this jolted my memory back to the meetings held in the early 90s
regarding the proposed Desert Closure legislation. During one of the huge
meetings held in Palm Springs (California), I snuck in the side door of the
Sierra Club to eavesdrop and also take advantage of the nice little buffet
they had set up for their workers.

While I was munching away on a tray of veggies, one of the Sierra Club
people ran into the room all excited and waving a fax. To the best of my
recollection, the conversation went like this:

"Look at this! They just had an oil spill in the Long Beach harbor!"
Everybody gathered around and excitedly looked at the paper. "This is
great!" said one Sierra Clubber. "We can use this to stop that off-shore oil
drilling dead in its tracks." Another one chimed in: "Let's bring it up at
the conference this afternoon. After all, those off-road vehicles use lots
of gasoline, and we can blame the oil spill on them, indirectly, of course."


I was so shocked by their obvious glee, that food actually fell out of my
mouth! What kind of hypocrites were these people? Here we had an unfortunate
incident happen in the form of an oil spill, and these so-called protectors
of the environment were utterly delighted with it. Hell, no one likes an oil
spill ... except when you can use it as propaganda.

Yes, this flashback to the Palm Springs meeting set my mind in motion, and I
came up with some points I'd like to share with you:

1. Ask yourself who were the bulk of the protestors who have been arrested
for extreme vandalism during the various World Trade Conferences? Almost
without exception, they've been eco-freaks!

2. Who has refused to let the United States drill for oil in our own
country, and instead, forced us to rely on oil imported from the US-hating
Middle East? You got it. In fact, the Sierra Club has spear-headed this
effort over the last decades.

3. Consider the fact that environmentalists have completely and utterly
refused to allow the US to use cheap and safe nuclear power plants reduce
our dependence on foreign oil. France gets over 90 percent of its power from
nuclear with no problems whatsoever.

4. Right now, the nation is going through an economic slump, one that
affects almost everyone. One that - without some common sense - could push
the country into an actual depression.

Yet what do I see in the newspapers? Let me share this with you: Right now,
today, as I write this, the EPA is being forced by a Sierra Club lawsuit to
start some new horribly restrictive regulations that - if enacted - will
cripple the economy!
Consider this: The EPA will force all two-stroke engines and diesel engines
to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 56 percent, and
hydrocarbon/nitrous oxide pollution up to 80 percent!
· The rules would apply to:
BOATS
SNOWMOBILES
OFF-ROAD VEHICLES
GENERATORS
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT
PUMPS
TRACTORS
CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT
HEAVY MACHINERY
MOST NON-ROAD USE ENGINES


Don't believe it? Here's a quote from and EPA spokeswoman: "The new
restrictions were ordered in response to a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club
and other environmental groups during the Clinton administration."

While you do, indeed, see the Sierra Club backing off any sort of a
media attack on President Bush, you don't see them dropping their horribly
destructive lawsuits, do you?

No, instead, they sit quietly, silently in the background,
continuing to erode the economic strength of the US.

What do you think these regulations will do to business? Costs will
sky-rocket, sales will fall, jobs will be lost, belts will be tightened even
more.

Does the Sierra Club mention any of this in their "temporary truce"
in the war against Bush? Not a chance!

When asked about this by an inquisitive member of the press, another
official spokesperson shrugged his shoulders and replied: "The Sierra Club
has no official comment on the EPA action, because it is temporarily
withholding comment on Bush administration environmental policies in the
aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attack."

Absolutely astounding! The Sierra Club - in actual fact - is using
the September 11 attack to hide behind, in the guise of trying to help in a
time of public unrest.

Have you watched any of the television showing the people who are
protesting any military retaliation by the US? The very same groups who set
fires in Seattle, spiked trees in logging country and vandalized buildings
at World Trade meetings are the ones who are blocking the streets and
smashing windows.

And make no doubt about it, these people are the heart and soul of
the radical environmental movement.

The suits - the leaders in the front offices - the ones who
distribute all those nice press releases from the Sierra Club headquarters,
know that these misfits are the spark plugs of their movement.

They deny any attachment to them.

And support them in the dark.

They decry violence.

And urge the malcontents to turn the streets into chaos.

They claim to back the country when it's desperately needed.


And, at the same time, kick the country in the groin.


These, then, are the hidden terrorists. They don't have their heads
wrapped in rags, or sport scraggly long beards, or jostle rifles in the air
while chanting death to the US, but they are terrorists nonetheless.

It's long past the time we quit ignoring this quiet, legal, sneaky,
skulking enemy, hiding under the cloak of environmentalism.

Do what you can do to pass the word and inform others. Educate those
who simply don't know. Email this to others and ask them to do the same.

Just this once, let's reveal the real hidden enemy.
 

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I say we ship them off to the middle east! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Remember too, "If it can't be grown, it's got to be mined". These hypocrites enjoy all the benefits from harvsting our natural resources, all the while denouncing the process. Without products from mining, timber and oil, they wouldn't be able to communicate any other way than by word of mouth. Without these products, we'd be living pre-iron age. Natural selection would take place and these naysayers would either be whistling another tune or be shown to the door with the "extinct" sign hanging over it.
 

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I can see it now, a bomber headed for rag-head land takes a small detour after it leaves MO, sudddenly at the Sierra Club headquarters all of the <IMG SRC="smilies/rainbow.gif" border="0"> hear something, before they can figure it out, <IMG SRC="smilies/nuke.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/nuke.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/nuke.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/nuke.gif" border="0"> .
And the next morning in front of the TV would be me watching the headlines. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
And on the cowl of the plane would be another <IMG SRC="smilies/skull.gif" border="0"> .
 

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Raptor, Thanks for posting that. I think everyone on the board should not only read that, but really think about it, and think what each one of us can do for our cause.
 

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Thank u so much for posting that!! As I am typing I am printing this and I am going to bring it directly to my Intro to Recreation Teacher tomorrow. She like to preach to us that the sieera club saves the environment. She also hates OHRV vehicals because "they destroy the environment" well wait till she gets a load of this HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA
 
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