This is what the head of a police unit set up to monitor domestic extremism said in 2009: \”I\’ve never said – and we don\’t see – that any environmentalist is going to or has committed any violent acts.\” That chimes with my experience. Two years ago I searched all the literature I could lay hands on, and couldn\’t find a single proven instance of a planned attempt in the UK to harm people in the cause of defending the environment. (That\’s in sharp contrast to animal rights campaigning, where there has been plenty of violence.) No one has yet produced a factual challenge to that conclusion.
I\’ll just about accept your very careful wording there (planned attempt…harm people…UK….defending the environment) but I\’m afraid you\’ve not quite got the point.
As you yourself point out, the Animal Liberation Front isn\’t so careful: and they do have an offshoot, which started in Brighton, called the Earth Liberation Front. Who are very definitely on the non-cuddly side of environmental activism.
I\’m just ecstatic about the idea that some small portion of my tax money is spent on checking that that peaceful, entirely legitimate, environmental movement doesn\’t spill over into that domestic terrorism thing. As it has done in the US for example. And spending such tax money so that if it does the perpetrators can be arrested and tried.