I wonder what the "Mountain Justice Summer" snake-oil salesmen charged this bunch of nubile virgins and lice-infested enviro-warriors for bringing them out into the woods and scaring the crap out of them. Whatever it cost, it sounds like the performance was worth every dime of it. Listening devices and FBI indeed.
Security is watchword at group's camp
Workshops included how to send coded messages and what to use when you surveil.
By Tim Thornton
PIPESTEM, W.Va. - They were sitting around a campfire singing Woody Guthrie songs when someone walked in from the dark.
Be mindful of what you say, he cautioned. There may be someone listening from just beyond the tree line. John Johnson, a member of Katuah Earth First!, raised an imaginary glass in his right hand and offered a profane toast to FBI agents and their listening devices.
For the second night in a row, the Mountain Justice Summer training camp's security detail had discovered someone in the West Virginia woods. At least, they'd heard someone. Members of one posse said they'd seen an intruder's eyes reflected by light the night before, but no one was caught.
Upon reflection during the camp's morning meeting, the consensus was that the watchers probably weren't FBI or any other kind of law enforcement. They travel in groups, the reasoning went, and each near intrusion had been by one person. Maybe it was a coal company hireling. (link)
So what was the purpose of this gathering of mother earth's guardian angels? Well, we don't really know. The only hint provided by the reporter is this:
Workshops included how to send coded messages without software and what to use when you go surveilling.Let's see. These young, impressionable idealists were brought into the wilds of southeastern West Virginia, given secret decoder rings, and were taught how to use CB radios and binoculars. That had to take up all of fifteen minutes. Are you telling me they spent the rest of the time singing Woody Guthrie songs?
Or were they allowed to wander the woods searching out spying FBI agents and evil coal executives as well?
And were they issued wooden swords and paper pirate hats to enhance the ambience?
And what happened when their mothers called and said it was time to come home for supper?