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Democracy Now! asks Who Bombed Judi Bari

Southern Humboldt Earth First! activist Darryl Cherney was on Democracy Now! this morning to talk about the new documentary Who Bombed Judi Bari.

Part 2 of the interview is here.

  1. Anonymous
    March 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Well, if they don’t know by now, they’re never going to figure it out.

  2. tra
    March 27, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Actually, the bomber may be feeling rather nervous at the moment. Darryl and his lawyers will be in court in April, where a judge will decide if an identical bomb — which was planted, but failed to go off, at the LP mill in Cloverdale, just two weeks before the Bari bombing — will be turned over to an independent forensic investigator to look for clues including fingerprints, hair, DNA, etc., which can then be compared against those of potential suspects, as well as with fingerprint and DNA databases.

    The FBI, which never did much investigating once its initial attempt to frame Bari and Cherney had failed so spectacularly and completely, is of course fighting once again to withhold the evidence, thereby continuing to protect the bomber, just as they have for all these years.

  3. Dan
    March 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Bruce Anderson of the Anderson Valley
    Advertiser is the most knowledgeable
    on this subject. He has done the research,
    and has a take with a twist.

  4. tra
    March 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Bruce Anderson has a pet theory, a folksy writing style, and a plethora of seething grudges and personal hatreds…and that’s about it.

    Among his absurd assertions is that Bari and Cherney were/are part of a cover-up, protecing the real bomber. Which doesn’t exactly square with Cherney repeatedly going to court to preserve the evidence and to have it tested for fingerprints and DNA. But since that inconvenient fact doesn’t square with Anderson’s pet theory, he simply ignores the contradiction.

    Anderson may be “knowledgeable” about the case, but unfortunately his extreme bias clouds his ability to put that knowledge into any kind of rational framework. It’s actually kind of sad. But it’s hard to feel sorry for him as he slanders a dead woman who was an innocent victim of a terrorist attack.

  5. Anonymous
    March 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    ” a plethora of seething grudges and personal hatreds…” “his extreme bias clouds his ability to put that knowledge into any kind of rational framework.”

    Hey, just like Dan.

  6. Anonymous
    March 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    That is the funniest thing I have read in al long time 8:36.

  7. Dan
    March 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    “But it’s hard to feel sorry for him as he slanders a dead woman who was an innocent victim of a terrorist attack.” Tra

    Will you explain this statement Tra?

  8. OUTLAW1
    March 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    lol e.l.f and earth first are terrorest groups. maybe we need to send in a drone

  9. Anonymous
    March 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    “Outlaw” is not much of an outlaw if all he can do is parrot right-wing “morans” throwing the scent off their own utter destruction of humanity and the planet. Yeah, drones, ha ha ha. Let’s bomb Pakistani babies from Arizona. That’s not terrorism, that’s “these colors don’t run,” and “kill ’em all let god sort ’em out.” Won’t be so funny when it’s you and yours, “Outlaw.” Meanwhile, Bruce Anderson is nuts and so is his bombing “theory.” Please folks, the information is there if you get your head out of your Fox News ass and look around. Please.

  10. OUTLAW1
    March 27, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    well lets talk about e.l.f and earth first and the damage they done to there own country folk. destroying logging equipment that was used to bring money to families that included children. you talk about pakistani babies well what about the ones here that they helped starve and make go without with there terrorest type actions. you talk about humanity well that does not sound to human at all. i dont wish harm on nobody but i do know they threw the first punch

  11. Gogord Gram
    March 27, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I read numerous stories in the AVA where Bruce Anderson point blank names the person he considers to be the culprit, and why.
    He points out, accurately, that if these printed declarations were not true – libelous – the accused person could easily sue Anderson for big bucks, and even put the newspaper out of business. However, to do this, the accused person would have to testify under oath, and apparently he does not want to be in that chair. It begs the question as to why that libel suit was never filed, if Anderson’s claims are inaccurate..Just sayin.

  12. OUTLAW1
    March 28, 2012 at 12:01 am

    the burden of proof is in the accusers shoulders but thats just a fairy tale. its always been guilty tell found otherwise. but not to take the stand says alot to.

  13. tra
    March 28, 2012 at 1:17 am


    For all I know, the person Anderson accuses might be guilty…but Anderson certainly hasn’t presented anything even approaching any hard evidence for that.

    And it may well be that the person Anderson is accusing is entirely innocent, and just doesn’t want to give the rantings of someone like Anderson any credence. I suspect that’s how I’d feel about it if I were that person.

  14. tra
    March 28, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Dan said: “But it’s hard to feel sorry for him as he slanders a dead woman who was an innocent victim of a terrorist attack.” Tra

    Will you explain this statement Tra?

    Sure. See the comment thread attached to this Lost Coast Outpost thread.


    By the way, that comment thread includes some direct point-counterpoint between Bruce Anderson and Darryl Cherney. Makes for interesting reading. In my view, Cherney demolishes most of Anderson’s accusations. But I don’t deny that I came into that discussion with my own pre-existing bias, due to the fact that I had already found Anderson rather non-credible, based on his creative but highly speculative ramblings about this issue in the various articles available in the archives of the AVA.

  15. S
    March 28, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Cherney should take a lie detector test about the incident before anyone should believe him. Also, so should the Unibomber who was known to be in the same general area when he was in the Bay Area. Unwanted competition by EF! for anti-corporate activist revolutionaries may be a motivation. In any event, key people like Cherney should clear the air about their involvement by taking lie detector tests.

  16. March 28, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Stuck in the past, are we? Or just reliving your glory days.

  17. Anonymous
    March 28, 2012 at 9:17 am

    OMG, What year are we in?

  18. just a tid bit
    March 28, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I sat next to Judi at a lunch counter in Garberville many years ago, and ate my lunch. We did not speak. She was going through her 3-ring binder, and talking to the waitress talking about the stuff in her binder. She seemed like a nice person, but I thought she was a “nut”.

    My perspective has since changed. I wish I had spoken to her.

  19. Humboldt Native
    March 28, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Judi Bari bombed Judi Bari. Then she lucked out with a bleeding heart Oakland jury that couldn’t wait to stick it to the man.

    Daryl laughed all the way to the bank with millions is loot from the payoff. He put it into his dope empire in SoHum. The film is pure propaganda. He’s hoping to hose a few suckers for some more “donations.”

  20. tra
    March 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    You’re delusional HN. Even the FBI and the OPD soon gave up on the theory that “she bombed herself,” given the design of the bomb.

    The bomb had an on-off switch, a timer, and a ball-bearing activated motion detector. The bomber placed the bomb under Judi’s seat, switched it on, and set the timer, and then when Bari and Cherney got in the car and drove off the motion detector kicked in, activating the timer, and a few minutes later it blew up. So it was clearly deliberately designed and activated in such a manner as to kill the driver, which it nearly did.

  21. Highly Financed
    March 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Thank you Outlaw1 for the poignant reminders of all the machinery that suffered under the tyranny of EF, despite the best efforts of every sheriff’s deputy in Humboldt County to stop the protests.

    The Earth provides broad evidence that It’s the natural order of nature for human beings to mine as much resources as possible regardless of silly political issues over depletion, pollution and extinction.

    Why do the environmentalists hate the natural order of things so much?


  22. Mitch
    March 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    That’s pretty good, Highly Financed. Good ear.

  23. anon
    March 28, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    bruce anderson thinks that bari’s ex-husband mike sweeney bombed her, i wonder what daryl thinks?

  24. anon
    March 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

    can someone please tell me one thing that daryl cherney actually did?

  25. Anon.
    March 29, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Yes, he was the child actor who appeared in the Bosco Chocolate Syrup television commercial. “I love Bosco, Bosco’s good for me….” Pretty ironic considering that he moved to an area represented by Congressman Bosco.

  26. Humboldt Native
    March 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    tra, thanks for reminding us of the party line version of the Bari bombing. As you know, neither the FBI nor the OPD ever came close to endorsing your attempt at propaganda.

    Bari’s smirking threats to bomb PL and other timber interests were part of the EF repertoire. She was transporting one of her bombs when it blew up.

    Daryl squeezed a million bucks out of that bungle. How much is it going to cost the taxpayers this time?

  27. Jack Sherman
    March 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Humboldt natives will fill the theater when it plays in Eureka.


    Good luck convincing anyone that an effective bomb maker would store a motion-sensitive device in their own car.

  28. Anonymous
    March 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Right, the bomber wasn’t ” an effective bomb maker.”

  29. Jack Sherman
    March 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    It was very effective. Few have such skills.

  30. tra
    March 30, 2012 at 2:08 am


    You sure are misinformed. The info on the design of the bomb is from FBI’s own analysis, and is what caused the FBI to quickly give up on their initial “they bombed themselves” theory. This is all documented in court. The judge and jury in the federal civil rights trial heard 6 weeks of testimony, including plenty on the design of the bomb, which was without question designed and activated in such as way as to kill the occupants of that vehicle.

    As far as your claim about “Judi’s smirking threats to bomb PL…” all I can say is that you must have been hallucinating. Judi was a staunch advocate of non-violence, as well as a labor organizer who was completely opposed to even insulting timber workers, much less harming them. She was a fierce critic of other Earth First figures, like Dave Foreman, who advocated tactics like tree-spiking.

    Basically you’re dead wrong about the facts about the bomb, as well as dead wrong Bari herself. And unlike your nonfactual claims, the actual facts about the bomb are well-documented in the court records, and the actual facts about Bari’s position on nonviolence and her attitude toward the timber workers are well documented in her own writings and speeches.

    So if you would like to learn the truth about either of those matters, there is no question that you could do so. The question is do you want to learn the truth, or would you prefer to continue to wallow in your ignorance so that you can continue to make your nonfactual claims? Based on your comments thus far, my money’s on the latter.

  31. OUTLAW1
    March 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    well looks like its up to the lord to sort this one out.

  32. Anonymous
    March 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm


    Judi Bari posed for photographs with a machine gun and a smirk. The “non-violent” act was a useful pose while she and EF spiked trees and destroyed logging equipment. How many times were we assured that she was going to shut down PL “by any means necessary?” In fact, Judi, Daryl and the EF thugs brought our timber industry to its knees. And in its place they gave us hard drugs and misery.

    You’re either very gullible or working with Daryl. Based on your comments thus far, my money’s on the latter.

  33. Anonymous
    March 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm


  34. tra
    March 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Actually, us humans still have a shot at it. In just a few weeks, the federal judge who presided over Bari and Cherney’s successful federal civil rights lawsuit, will be ruling on whether the Cloverdale bomb will be turned over to independent experts to be examined for fingerprint, DNA, and other forensic evidence, which can then be compared to the fingerprints, DNA, etc., of potential suspects. So it’s still possible that we may get to the bottom of this yet.

    To those poor misinformed individuals who still want to believe that Bari and Cherney had anything to do with the bombing, or had any role in covering up for whoever the real bomber is, I’d love to see you try to explain why it was Bari and Cherney’s lawsuit that demanded that a full investigation be conducted, and then, failing that, demanded (and won) the right to preserve the evidence and to have it examined by independent experts — while it has been the FBI that long ago abandoned any attempt to investigate this terrorist act, actively fought in court to be allowed to destroy the evidence, and even all these years later, is still trying so desperately to prevent a forensic examination of the Cloverdale bomb.

  35. Humboldt Native
    March 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Judi Bari posed with a machine gun and a smirk. Do you really need help to figure that out? Spare us the earnest lecture on principles. As we learned above, Judi “wasn’t an effective bomb maker.” And Daryl is a mechanical klutz.

    Judi was a pacifist who spiked trees and regularly threatened to have her way “by any means necessary.”

    Once our timber industry was ruined the EF types brought in hard drugs. Just trade your pot for coke…

  36. OUTLAW1
    March 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    well i would rather harvest trees then subject myself to the gloom of pot growing and drugs. not that im against pot smoking and freedom of choice but we need the timber cutting back to bring good honest work back to the area. everybody would benifit from it.

  37. jr
    March 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Tra: When someone is injured or dies, law enforcement always looks to the spouse as one of the possible suspects. So why wasn’t Mike Sweeney even considered as a possible suspect in the bombing?

  38. Bolithio
    March 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Judi was a pacifist who spiked trees and regularly threatened to have her way “by any means necessary.”

    Once our timber industry was ruined the EF types brought in hard drugs. Just trade your pot for coke…

    One of more ridiculous comments yet! lol

  39. OUTLAW1
    March 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    why is that ridiculous. you make the comment but i dont see a reason for that comment

  40. Bolithio
    March 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Well, Outlaw, since you really want to know; ask your self, what tree spikes? Ever recall one happening around here? Like in Scotia or any Humboldt movements? Nope, didn’t think so.

    Here is a piece by Judi herself on the matter: http://www.iww.org/en/history/library/Bari/TreeSpiking1

  41. tra
    March 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    “Humboldt Native” is either totally misinformed, or just plain lying. Judi was totally against tree-spiking, and in fact was very outspoken in her opposition to that tactic. Never advocated violence and certainly never threatened to bomb anything or anyone.

  42. tra
    March 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    jr said: “When someone is injured or dies, law enforcement always looks to the spouse as one of the possible suspects. So why wasn’t Mike Sweeney even considered as a possible suspect in the bombing?”

    Maybe because if they couldn’t officially pin the blame on Judi and Darryl, they preferred not to find the real culprit, because that way poorly-informed and extremely biased individuals like Humboldt Native could continue slandering the victims of this domestic terrorist attack by pretending that there was any reason to believe that they were the perpetrators.

    Or maybe there just wasn’t enough solid evidence pointing towards Sweeney to justify considering him an actual suspect. Or maybe some of both.

    At any rate, it’s a good question…to ask the FBI and OPD.

  43. tra
    March 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Meanwhile those who remain so desperate to pin the blame on Judi and Darryl seem (unsurprisingly) unable to explain why Judi and Darryl fought so hard, (and Darryl continues to fight) to preserve evidence and have it tested for fingerprints and DNA and other forensic clues. If they were guilty, or shielding someone who was, that would be the last thing they would have wanted. The theory that Judi and/or Darryl were somehow responsible for the bomb, or knew who was and were covering up for that person, just doesn’t fit with the facts. So the haters just ignore the facts while repeating their groundless, long-debunked accusations. Truly pathetic.

  44. Thirdeye
    March 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Mighty brave of you to post that link to the LCO thread, tra. That thread refutes your claim that Bari protecting the real bomber is some invention of Bruce Anderson. You tried to keep your story going by defaming Stephen Talbot, even when other independent investigators (not Anderson) corroborate what was reported by Talbot. I know you don’t like being confronted with evidence of Bari’s less than sterling character and her defamation of one particular individual to prop up her martyr myth, but you can’t answer it by smearing investigators who had no vested interest, started out sympathetic to Bari, and found evidence of her guilty knowledge in the case.

    Here is some required reading for anyone who wants to get to the bottom of this whole thing:





    Those articles are a lot more enlightening than tra’s drivel.

  45. jr
    March 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Tra: Any thoughts about the Lord’s Avenger letter and who may be the author of it? I have heard that it was written at the Mendocino Environmental Center run by Gary Ball and his wife.

  46. Thirdeye
    March 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    The Lord’s Avenger and related documents are discussed at length by Ed Gehrman (third link, previous post). There’s no conclusion that it was or wasn’t written at MEC.

  47. tra
    March 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    jr: I have no idea who wrote the “Lord’s Avenger” letter. But when accusations are introduced under the vague heading of “I have heard that…” this does not lend much credibility to the claim. Heard from where, based on what?

    According to Darryl (commenting on the Lost Coast Outpost thread that I linked to above) the “Lord’s Avenger” letter was examined for forensic evidence, yielding DNA from an unknown female. One of the reasons that Darryl is trying to get the Cloverdale bomb tested for forensic evidence is to see if they find a match for other DNA collected in the case, including the DNA that was found on the LA letter, which could establish that whoever wrote the LA letter also handled the Cloverdale bomb.

    The Cloverdale bomb is a bomb that appears very likely to have been made by the same person that made the bomb that went off in Judi’s car. But the Cloverdale bomb failed to explode, and it has lots of duct tape on it — meaning a good chance of finding fingerprints, hair, and DNA.

    While you’re asking the FBI why they didn’t consider Bari’s ex as a suspect, perhaps you could also ask them why they have fought tooth and nail to be allowed to destroy various pieces of evidence without doing this kind of forensic examination and testing, and why they are still fighting in court to try to prevent the Cloverdale bomb from being tested so that DNA from that can be compared to the DNA of various suspects, as well as DNA found on other evidence, including the Lord’s Avenger letter. Good luck getting a straight answer on that.

  48. Jr
    March 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Tra: Not sure where I heard the MEC connection, perhaps it reported in local papers. You make a strong point about the FBI wanting to destroy evidence, considering that the case has not be solved. What did the FBI or Oakland PD have to gain from stonewalling? It would be good to see the recent film followed by Steve Talbot’s film and compare notes on each one.

  49. OUTLAW1
    March 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    tree spiking i would not know about here. im not from here but where i from earth first did it alot. up in knappa oregon

  50. labtech
    March 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

    It was a horribly effective terrorist tactic perpetrated by the EF “pacifists.” How many of those spikes are still in trees?

  51. Thirdeye
    March 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

    EF played both sides of the fence on tree spiking. The official line was against it by 1990, but there were still some enthusiastic advocates. One such enthusiast, who in 1990 decided I looked like someone he could talk to about such things, is on video locked down at CalTrans during a Richardson Grove protest.

  52. labtech
    March 31, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Right, Thirdeye. We’re getting the same threats from these “pacifists” over Richardson Grove, a project that will benefit the entire county and save lives.

  53. Anonymous
    March 31, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    There’s 4 percent of the 2-million-acre old-growth redwood ecosystem left.

    That is, timber companies cut 1,920,000 acres.

    And now there are 80,000 acres left.

    Yet it’s environmentalists who killed the timber industry? Only an idiot would believe this.

    Overcutting and mill mechanization. That’s what did it. If none of those 80,000 acres had been saved they would all be gone by now and the timber industry would be exactly the same as it is today, only some fat cats would be that much richer.

    Now, to the question of who bombed Judi Bari: Even if you didn’t like her or her politics, why would you doubt that someone would want to kill her?

    Twelve jurors decided in one hour that the FBI had framed her, but they took a couple of weeks to decide how much to charge them for the federal government’s framing of her and Judi. That was the deliberation, that’s what took so long: 1 million or 4 million or 10 million?

    The evidence was so clear: that Judi was a victim not a bomber, and the the FBI and Oakland police had framed her (and, of course, had probably bombed her). It was pretty basic once you looked at the facts (which several posters here refuse to do).

  54. Anonymous
    March 31, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    There are no spikes in North Coast trees. Don’t you think you would have heard about it if there were? Go ahead, cling to your illusions, pursue your false sponsors. That’s exactly what your corporate masters expect of you, and you are providing it. Fools.

  55. OUTLAW1
    March 31, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    The only way to find out if there is spikes is to use a metal detecter on a tree

  56. Thirdeye
    April 1, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Anony needs to take their own advice and look at the facts. They lead in a politically incorrect direction.

  57. labtech
    April 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Right again, Third Eye. And note the cooked up numbers on old growth and timber above and the hysterical tone that follows. These are your “pacifists.”

    Outlaw1 you absolutely correct. In fact, metal detectors are widely used for that purpose to this day.

  58. RefFan
    April 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    So those spikes that ripped blades off the Head Rig at Eel River Sawmills in the 90’s were from the loggers themselves, trying to frame the protestors. Have any of you worked around a Head Rig when a log passes thru that was spiked and have pieces of the sawblade flying around; or the few Off-Bearers who on numerous occassions, barely got out of the way of a broken blade from a tree spike. It happened in Humboldt all the time. I was one of those workers under or around the Head Rig when this happened.

  59. Fairsay Goodepointe
    June 29, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    It seems pretty clear that a religious dipshit bombed the worthless slacker whore. I am just glad she is dead, despite the bomber’s ineptitude.
    The ridiculous antics of those unwashed hippie idiots perfectly framed the failed whacko left in the 90’s.
    And FSTV and its retarded child, Democracy Now, perfectly frame the moribund detritus of that same dead libtard now.

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