Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Democratic New Mexico senator worked closely with convicted eco-terrorist

Democratic New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich founded an environmentalist group with a convicted eco-terrorist in the 1990s. Heinrich, who will meet with President Obama in the Oval Office Monday to establish the Rio Grande del Norte as a national monument, was elected to the Senate in 2012 with the financial backing of numerous environmentalist groups. Prior to his political career, Heinrich c0-founded and chaired the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. David Foreman, a convicted criminal and founder of the radical environmental “warrior society” Earth First!, was among the other co-founders of the group. He also sat on the board during Heinrich’s tenure as chairman. Foreman pled guilty to conspiring to sabotage a nuclear power plant and has openly advocated for monkey-wrenching and other forms of “environmental espionage,” according to documents. Other Earth First! members also served on the board Heinrich chaired, including Foreman’s wife Nancy Morton and Todd Schulke, according to a 2001 Wilderness Alliance newsletter. Foreman pled guilty in 1991 to conspiracy to damage the property of an energy facility in an Earth First! attempt to destroy an electrical transmission line leading to a nuclear power plant, according to a report funded by the U.S. Department of Justice entitled “Pre-Incident Indicators of Terrorist Incidents: The Identification of Behavioral, Geographic, and Temporal Patterns of Preparatory Conduct.” Foreman’s guilty plea occurred years before the earliest verifiable evidence of his working relationship with Heinrich, who now sits on the Senate Energy Committee. The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance was formed in 1997, according to the groups website...more

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