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Eco-Terrorist Spokemsan Takes Fifth

March 1, 2000

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ A self-described spokesman for environmental terrorists said he refused to answer questions before a federal grand jury Tuesday as part of an investigation into arson attacks in three states.

Leaving the U.S. District Court after the proceedings, Craig Rosebraugh said he exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when asked about fires in Colorado, Oregon and Michigan.

``This is nothing more than a fishing expedition,″ he told reporters.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Peifer declined to comment about the proceedings.

Outside the courthouse, about 150 supporters of Rosebraugh protested the grand jury inquiry. Some beat drums, others put gags in their mouths and held up signs that read ``Stop the Facist Grand Jury″ and ``Grand Jury is Political Repression.″ One person was charged with disorderly conduct.

Rosebraugh, who runs a vegan bakery in Portland, has acted as spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front since 1997.

The two groups have claimed responsibility for $15.6 million worth of arsons and other attacks, including the burning of a lodge and other buildings on Vail Mountain in Colorado in December 1998.

Rosebraugh, 27, issued press releases about the arsons but insists that he knew nothing about the crimes. He claims he merely passed along information he had received anonymously.

``They send in anonymous communications, and I have no way of tracing where they come from,″ he said Tuesday.

Rosebraugh said he was told he would have to report back to the grand jury in March to testify about a Christmas Day fire at Boise Cascade Corp.’s office in Monmouth, which caused $1 million in damage.