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Jury Selection Begins in ‘Environmental Terrorist’ Trial


Aired 4/19/09

Jury selection begins today in the trial of Rod Coronado, a man some people call an "environmental terrorist." Coronado's in trouble for a speech he gave in San Diego four years ago. He told a group of activists how to build a firebomb.

Coronado is under federal indictment for invoking what he calls his freedom of speech. Coronado says he was sharing information you could find anywhere.

Coronado: Not only in, you know, radical bookstores or any bookstore or the Internet but also gun shows that I've been to, where you can buy manuals on how to make homemade C4 explosives and all that kind of stuff. So I always thought that it wasn't a crime to explain such things.

It is a crime, though, under a post-9/11 anti-terrorism statute. Prosecutors have gone after Coronado before. He served five years for his role in an arson fire. Coronado used to be the unofficial spokesman for ELF -- the Earth Liberation Front .

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