Joseph Dibee #812133
Multnomah County Detention Center
11540 NE Inverness Drive
Portland, OR 97220
Joseph Dibee was arrested in August 2018. He is facing several charges, including conspiracy to commit arson, related to actions claimed by the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front between 1996 and 2001. Joseph has pleaded not guilty. Learn more about his case here.
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August 10, 2018
From Lauren Regan, Director and Senior Staff Attorney, Civil Liberties Defense Center
Today the US Department of Justice announced that it had “apprehended” Green Scare defendant Joseph Dibee after indicting him 12 years ago. Dibee was allegedly arrested in Cuba. In 2006, a federal grand jury in Oregon indicted Dibee and 12 coconspirators for acts of economic sabotage by the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front. The groups caused more then $45 million in damages to horse slaughterhouses and federal horse capture facilities, old-growth timber companies and a ski resort encroaching on Canadian Lynx habitat, to name a few of the operations targeted between 1995 and 2001. One of the co-conspirators, Jacob Ferguson, from Eugene, Oregon, volunteered himself to become an informant for the FBI and agreed to wear a wire and travel around the country attempting to entrap his co-conspirators. Without Ferguson’s cooperation with the State, it was unlikely the FBI would have solved any of these cases.
As the cases proceeded over the years, the codefendants broke into two groups: those who chose not to cooperate with the state and received approximately 18 additional months of prison time, including Jonathan Paul, Daniel McGowan, Joyanna Zacher, Nathan Block (and since the original case other non-cooperating Green Scare defendants include Marius Mason, Rebecca Rubin, and Justin Solondz). Those who became informants for the State included Jacob Ferguson, Kevin Tubbs, Stanislas Meyerhoff, Chelsea Gerlach, Darren Thurston, Lacey Philabaum, Suzanne Savoie, Jennifer Kolar, Briana Waters (at her 2nd trial after being snitched on by Philabaum and Kolar at her 1st trial), and Frank Ambrose.
There were two individuals who were indicted but were not found within the U.S to be prosecuted, Joseph Dibee and another person. Now, 12 years later, and under the authoritarian Trump regime, Mr. Dibee faces prosecution in the District of Oregon, the Western District of Washington and the Eastern District of California.
As usual, the State is using terrorism rhetoric to attempt to bias the judicial process against individuals accused of property damage crimes that were not intended and did not cause harm to any humans or animals. In fact, the ELF and ALF credo according to their website states that they are “a nonviolent campaign with activists taking all precautions not to harm any animal (human or otherwise). Their intention is to cause economic damage to those who profit from misery and exploitation of animals as well as the destruction of the environment.
Check the CLDC website, cldc.org, for updates as they become available.
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Lauren C. Regan, Attorney at Law
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Eugene, Oregon 97401