Nov 20, 2009
by WLJ

Dear Editor, Karen Budd-Falen’s article on radical environmental groups hit a sensitive chord with those of us victimized by them.

Just the threat of a lawsuit has resulted in resource managers and permitees capitulating making radicals, in effect, de facto managers of the land.

Using deceit, threats and intimidation, they bully their way, which, I strongly believe, puts them under scrutiny of the RICO antiracketeering act. I suggest

Congress investigate as they should another abuser of the public trust, ACORN.

Reality has taught Congress is slow on oversight because of political pressure brought to bear if they invade the sanctuary of these groups’ tax-free 501(c)(3) status.

Michael F. Hanley IV Oregon

Editor’s note: RICO, for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, is one of 13 parts of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970.