I just learned yesterday that Dave Foreman had died last September at the age of 75. This got me to thinking and wondering about him, how genuine he was, and how real the group he helped found, Earth First!, was. I long suspected that EF! was an Intel front, used to demonize real environmental groups, a large blackwashing effort. The group was certainly divisive. I remember sitting at a restaurant up in northwest Montana, where a cooler sported a bumper sticker that said
We’ll mine the other planets later.
The reason I am now suspicious of Foreman and Earth First! is one of its leaders from Mendocino County, California, Judi Bari. She was a high-profile environmentalist who died at the young age of 47 in 1997.
Hers was an interesting life. She married Mike Sweeney in 1979, and they divorced in 1988, sharing custody of two daughters. On May 24, 1990 she was driving a car with friend Darryl Cherney when a pipe bomb planted under her seat went off, leaving her with severe injuries. She was subsequently arrested by the Oakland Police Department for transporting that bomb. Those charges were dropped in 1991. She subsequently sued OPD and the FBI for damages stemming from the investigation of the bombing. Though she died in 1991 (breast cancer) the case was found in her favor in 2002, and damages were awarded to her estate.
Subsequent to the car bombing, a small newspaper in California, the Anderson Valley Advertiser, mounted what appeared to be a smear campaign, publicly accusing Bari’s ex-husband of planting the bomb. The owner/editor of that paper, Bruce Anderson, repeatedly mounted the charge against Sweeney. I wondered at the time why Sweeney did not sue, presuming that his guilt forced him to keep quiet.
Bari lived in Santa Rosa at the time of her death. Had she lived, she would today be 73 years of age.
OK, let’s cut the bullshit. Bari was not car bombed, her legal proceedings were fake, as was her death. People around her were too, it appears, including Bruce Anderson. She was a spook, a paid agent provocateur. She is alive and well, living in Santa Rosa, not even bothering to change her name!
I was long suspicious that the whole Bari/Cherney/Sweeney thing was faked, that there was no car bombing, that Bruce Anderson knew her car bombing and later death were faked, and for that reason knew he could publicly accuse Sweeney of planting a bomb that was never planted. Bari was most likely an Intel agent, and when her work wrapped up, she left the scene. What is amazing to me is that she lives openly by her real name in Santa Rosa. (All information on her from Truepeoplesearch agrees with Bari’s Wikipedia page, except that Wiki does not know she is still alive.) (The spelling of her first name, Judi, is not uncommon, but is an additional clue that this is her.)
A while back I contacted Bruce Anderson to see if he was aware that Bari is alive and well. Crickets.
This brings me back to Foreman. Edward Abbey had written a popular work of fiction called The Monkeywrench Gang. Foreman and associates were said to be inspired by that book, which was about fictitious sabotage of development out west. Plans in founding Earth First! in the 1980s included industrial sabotage. Foreman, however, while espousing illegal activities, was never accused of any crimes (other than a misdemeanor for handing some literature to an FBI informant). He never spent a day in jail or custody. That makes me suspicious. Was EF!, like Judi Bari, an Intel front?
At age 75, Foreman’s death is certainly real. I wonder if Judi Bari, herself said to be dead, attended services on his passing. She could at least send flowers.