Newsweek has a short article on Josh Connole, a southern Californian, who was wrongfully arrested by the FBI in connection with the torching of a SUV dealership in 2003.

One piece of FBI detective work on Connole and the members of the commune where he lived should concern environmentalists:

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Agents placed the commune under surveillance and developed a political profile of the residents, discovering the owner of the house and his father “have posted statements on websites opposing the use of fossil fuels,” one doc reads.

Unfortunately, the FBI’s concern about ecoterrorism is not new.

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