Late yesterday Louis Sahagun filed the following with the Los Angeles Times:
Authorities have established a “crime scene” this afternoon around the area where the Station fire began last week. U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators cordoned off a charred hillside next to Angeles Crest Highway. Under a 20-foot-tall oak tree that had been scorched by fire, three investigators sifted through dirt and ash near mile marker 29, about 2 1/2 miles north of La Cañada Flintridge. Investigators declined to comment. The highway, California 2, remains closed to the public.
When I teach in California it doesn’t take long before the prospect of arson-as-terrorism is raised. So far, arson-as-personal-titillation is more common. But a purposeful “scorched-earth” strategy would be much easier than many other modes of terrorist attack carried out.
As far as I know, the only documented uses of arson as a modern terrorist technique is an Earth Liberation Front operation early in this decade and more recently in Seattle. Do you know of other examples?