It looks like it's one more strike against SUV's on safety. Not only are these behemoths of the road more likely to roll over or crush other cars, it looks like such drivers also have to risk the fact that their rigs might get blown up by ecoterrorists.Along with arson and conspiracy, a Caltech student is facing a federal charge of "the use of a destructive device in a violent crime," a crime that's linked to a 30 year mandatory minimum sentence. He's accused of an arson spree that involves 125 vehicles and 4 car dealerships (some of the 125 were also private vehicles). His lawyers are attempting to argue that arson isn't a necessarily "violent crime." Uh, sure. While I'm sure that these "activists" have their means and ends in order in their heads, it's pretty unreasonable to suggest that you can set over 100 cars on fire in a 2 hour period and be sure that nobody's going to get killed.
The accused was caught via the e-mails he sent from the CalTech library, which admit an "affiliation" with the Earth Liberation Front. The group's website advertises and celebrates acts of destruction. The word "terrorist" gets overused these days, but it looks like the moniker fits here. Pretty sickening - it's almost enough to make this lefty LAist drive a Grand Cherokee. Almost.