It's been a long time coming - Bari and Cherney vs FBI trial starts

Heather Glaisyer heather at
Wed Apr 10 11:12:37 BST 2002

Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2002 5:56 AM
Subject: [v-nv-mobilize] It's been a long time coming - Bari and Cherney vs FBI trial starts

SO far this is being ignored by Court TV, Greta on Fox, CNN, CBS, to name a 

MSNBC has a something.....

Published on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 in the lndependent/UK
Green Campaigners Accuse FBI of Covering Car Bomber's Tracks
by Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles

One of the most bizarre episodes in the history of American 
environmentalism came to court yesterday, with members of the tree 
preservation group Earth First! squaring up to the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation over a 1990 car bombing in which two activists were blown up, 
only to be accused of planting the bomb themselves.

Darryl Cherney and Judi Bari were driving through Oakland, near San 
Francisco, during a busy summer of opposition to redwood logging in 
northern California when a nail bomb concealed under the driver's seat 
exploded. Mr Cherney received only minor injuries, but Ms Bari suffered a 
crushed pelvis, a dislocated back and extensive nerve damage that paralyzed 
her right foot and permanently numbed her sexual organs.

The FBI, with the Oakland police, quickly accused the pair of making the 
bomb themselves and searched their houses for further evidence. Although 
the case against them fell apart in a few days - it became clear that the 
bomb was not, as initially suspected, sitting on the back seat in plain 
view - the investigation continued for three years, casting a cloud of 
suspicion over the victims of the bombing and the environmentalist movement 
as a whole.

Although Earth First! has resorted to sabotage such as driving spikes into 
tree trunks to block the loggers' chainsaws, it has always espoused a 
strict philosophy of non-violence towards people.

Over time, Mr Cherney and Ms Bari became more vocal in accusing the 
authorities of violating their civil rights and failing to investigate 
other leads in the crime.

That accusation is at the heart of the current lawsuit, which Mr Cherney is 
fighting alongside Ms Bari's estate - she died of cancer in 1997 and made 
her fellow victim promise not to let the matter drop.

"Someone almost killed me and ruined my life, and they think I should be 
satisfied with the finding I didn't bomb myself," an angry Ms Bari said in 

A key part of the case will hinge on a letter sent to a local newspaper six 
days after the bombing, in which someone calling himself "the Lord's 
avenger" took responsibility for the bombing and included a number of key 
details about it. The possibility that a right-wing religious group was 
involved was never followed up, however. Mr Cherney and Ms Bari are the 
only suspects the authorities have ever considered.

Last week, Mr Cherney told reporters: "The FBI helped to cover the bomber's 
tracks. Every day I live with the knowledge that no one has ever seriously 
tried to arrest the person responsible for a bomb that could have killed me."

The FBI and police deny any wrongdoing. The case, being heard in Oakland, 
is expected to last six weeks.

© 2002 lndependent Digital (UK) Ltd

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