When ELF Comes Calling

A radical environmentalist group expands from its Western haunts, staking a claim in the Northeast

They give no warnings. They leave few clues. But a band of environmental terrorists, which has left a trail of destruction across the Western and Midwestern U.S. for the past three years, is making no secret of its ambition to wage a wider war. In recent weeks it has struck on the East Coast, hitting targets on New York's Long Island.

The group, which calls itself Earth Liberation Front, has claimed responsibility for setting fire to three luxury homes under construction on an old peach farm in the historic town of Mount Sinai. The fires caused moderate damage, and the ELF...

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