Radical environmentalist fights extradition to U.S., says he's being targeted by FBI
A radical environmentalist who is one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives told an extradition hearing Monday he was being unfairly targeted by the U.S. government and should be allowed to remain in Canada.
Tre Arrow, born Michael Scarpitti, is accused of taking part in the 2001 firebombings of logging and cement trucks in Oregon. The FBI also claims he is associated with the Earth Liberation Front, a group that has claimed responsibility for dozens of acts of destruction over the past few years.
"I am being targeted by the U.S. government and the FBI, not because I am guilty but because I have chosen to challenge the status quo," Arrow, and a Green Party candidate for Congress in 2000, said at his extradition hearing.
Is it because you challenged the "status quo" or all those crimes you committed?
The 30-year-old Arrow – who says the trees told him to change his name – contends he would not get a fair trial in the United States because of the FBI's assertion that his alleged crimes are acts of terrorism.
Further proof that you shouldn't hug trees while smoking pot in the woods...
This scofflaw has become an icon for the granola eating crowd. A conviction in this case is very important because it will send a little bit of reality their way. But who knows what this Canadian judge might do. If "Tre" gets refugee status then it will embolden the fire-starters even further, they will commit their crimes and then flee to that marijuana utopia know as Canada.
I have a feeling that a lot of these losers are sitting in their parents basement, smoking pot, not washing their hair, and watching the fate of Tre Arrow very closely.