Former political prisoner Daniel McGowan

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Fri, 05/19/2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Daniel McGowan

Daniel McGowan is a former member of the Earth Liberation Front, who was convicted of the arsons of two Oregon-based lumber companies in 2001.

The FBI eventually closed the loop on McGowan’s case during “Operation Backfire,” an investigation that the bureau described as a crackdown on “eco-terrorism,” which critics cast as a green version of the Red Scare.

McGowan insists that he had renounced his affiliation with the group long before authorities arrested him at work, but his later disavowal of their methods did not provide him with any mercy at his criminal prosecution.

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