Forman (and Heinrich) are inextricably linked to the radical splinter group EarthFirst. Who is EarthFirst? According to New Mexico Watchdog investigative reporter Jim Scarantino, EarthFirst is a radical environmenta terrorist group that emerged more than thirty years ago. Foreman who authored several action guides including, “Confessions of an Eco-Warrior,” was part of the concerted effort by EarthFirst to use any means available to affect policy changes. According to Scarantino, “Their coat of arms was a Neanderthal’s stone club crossed with a monkey wrench, the symbolic tools for dismantling industrial and capitalist society.”
EarthFirst is well known by law enforcement agencies as a group that advocates the destruction of public and private property as a tool to achieve goals. In Foreman’s book Eco-Defense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching he provides a step-by-step guide to committing property crimes, including the damaging of ranches and the disabling airplanes (Al Gore’s jet is apparently off limits). Forman also offered some suggestions on how to use arson to harm political enemies.
In Forman’s world: 1) human lives deserve no greater consideration than animal life, 2) AIDS is trumpeted as the means for “returning sanity to human population,” 3) Opposition to famine relief so that “nature could run its course.”
Foreman has compared humanity to a virus. He believes radical environmentalists are the white corpuscles fighting the human infection of Mother Earth. Why does all of this matter to New Mexico?