Greenpeace is “the radical environmental group with a penchant for publicity,” Amy Ridenour of the National Center for Public Policy Research writes in a Contra Costa Times commentary. In some of its latest exploits, Greenpeace joined “with a number of domestic eco-terrorist groups including… the Ruckus Society and the Black Bloc anarchists” for an anti-corporate demonstration in Dallas recently.
The Ruckus Society runs training camps that teach wannabe anarchists “police confrontation strategies,” “street blockades,” and “urban climbing and rappelling,” among other things. Ruckus activists are generally known for wearing masks, assuming aliases, and giving false names to arresting police officers, and the organization has been linked to the Black Bloc anarchists who smashed up stores, restaurants, and private property during demonstrations in Seattle, Washington, and other cities.
Greenpeace tries to cloak its association with such extremists, in the interest of keeping its respectable veneer — and $23 million-plus annual income — intact. But those who know Greenpeace best know the truth. Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore calls his former comrades “a band of scientific illiterates who use Gestapo tactics to silence people who wish to express their views in a civilized forum.”