Ecosaboteur Changes Plea To Guilty For Role In Firebombing Spree

By Tom Banse

An environmental activist charged in a firebombing spree that spanned the American West has changed her plea. This happened in federal court in Portland Thursday. Rebecca Rubin pled guilty to conspiracy and multiple counts of arson.

Booking photo of Rebecca Rubin, by Multnomah County Jail.Rebecca Rubin is now forty years old. When she was in her twenties, she joined a cell of radical environmentalists loosely affiliated with the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front. Federal investigators blame the shadowy cell for around 20 arsons spanning five Western states. The attacks happened between 1996 and 2001. 

Rubin entered guilty pleas for her part in arsons at the Vail ski resort in Colorado, at wild horse corrals in Oregon and Northern California, and at a lumber company office in Medford, Oregon. According to a plea agreement, Rubin confessed and agreed to tell everything she knows in exchange for leniency at sentencing. She's looking at 5 to 7 years in federal prison when she's sentenced at a later date.

Photo: Booking photo of Rebecca Rubin, by Multnomah County Jail.

Rubin spent a decade in hiding in Canada before she surrendered to the FBI last year. She's a Canadian citizen. Two co-conspirators remain at large among nearly twenty people charged and jailed for related acts of eco-sabotage.

More information:

"Long Sought Ecosabotage Suspect Surrenders" (11/29/12):

FBI 2008 statement on "Operation Backfire":

Earth Liberation Front documentary on the arsons and arrests: IF A  TREE FALLS

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