E.L.F. has taken credit, as they frequently do, and the FBI has been called in.
(photo: "where were you last night between 3 and 3:30 ayem, Mr. President?)
Talk radio will indict President Obama, and his radical agenda; his Marxist philosophy, soft spot for terrorists, and tree-huggers; his authoritarian demands of loyalty to "the common good."
Let the debate begin: is he black or green? or... red? (obviously, whatever the fuck his colors. he's no true-blue American).
Station-owner Andy Skotdal: "What was surprising was the majority of the tall tower is laid out like a pancake, it's flattened all the way," said Skotdal. "There's quite a bit of destruction to the antenna system and it will probably take at least three months to get it back up and operational again."The station is on a back-up system.
The tower array, recently expanded, has been the subject of spirited legal attacks, and appeals by NIMBYs and environmentalists for a decade. Radio transmitters have long been under fire everywhere, and has helped stifle the growth of AM radio. (read KKOL's troubles here).
KRKO's tower expansion has had to address a broad range of issues ranging from endangering trumpeter swan habitat to harming human reproductive organs.
But the Skotdals finally won recently after a series of legal challenges to building another 5,000-watt station tower at the same rural Snohomish site.
Skotdal told reporters a sign with the letters ELF was found nearby that would implicate The secretive eco-terroist Earth Liberation Front is taking credit for the vandalism. but authorities aren't blaming ecoterrorism just yet. There's plenty of motive in this community for doing harm to the transmitters; emotions were high; calls of vengeance and redress against the Skotdals were loud.
ELF, while a secretive clot of demented assholes who do harm to the environment and environmental causes, are always a willing and convenient scapegoat and have been used in the past to cover other motives for destructive vandalism. The FBI, well familiar with who they are and how they do what they do, will sort this out.
Environmental arson or other politically-motivated vandalism is but a drop in the bucket compared to the good ol' American capitalistic greed-motivated insurance fraud of business or homeowner arson.