With multiple arsons across five Western states in five years allegedly under her belt, the ELF and ALF member has apparently had enough at the ripe old age of 39.
Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, a Canadian, had been on the run for a decade before surrendering in Blaine, Wash.
Federal authorities say Rubin was part of the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front, both underground movements that the government has labeled terrorist organizations. She was indicted on federal charges in Oregon along with 12 others in January 2006 in connection with a coordinated campaign that caused an estimated $23 million in damage between 1996 and 2001 in Oregon, California, Washington, Wyoming and Colorado.
Naturally, a number of our local eco-nuts have crawled out from behind the paneling in their moms' basements to proclaim her a "hero". Me, I'm wondering why she didn't torch stuff in her own country - after all, she's a Gaia-loving Earth Mommy, and a Canadian to boot. While she was bravely gallivanting around the USA, torching our stuff, folks here were fighting with Canada over their habit of flooding our markets with timber products derived from clear-cutting operations in British Columbia.
Maybe she just needed the company of her buddies on our side of the border to, you know...get her in the mood.
In any case, she's safe and sound in Seattle for now, and will soon get a ride down to Oregon to visit our fine bars. Shake it, baby, shake it!