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CBD honcho arrested

Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2003 5:18 pm
by SailAway ... RREST.html

Activist charged in office protest

By Eric Swedlund

A prominent local environmental activist was arrested Friday on assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct charges stemming from a demonstration Tuesday at a home builders association news conference, police said.

Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, is accused of pushing one Southern Arizona Home Builders Association official as he forced his way into the group's offices and pushing another as he left, according to a Tucson Police Department report compiled from interviews with SAHBA officials.

Suckling said the accusations are false.

The incident began Tuesday afternoon at a SAHBA press conference called to discuss a federal appeals court victory for the group. The decision could reverse the pygmy owl's status as an endangered species.

About 20 members of the Center for Biological Diversity and other environmental groups started a protest against the ruling just before the press conference, at 2840 N. Country Club Road. The demonstrators were dressed in owl costumes and went onto SAHBA property, the police report states.

SAHBA officials told police Suckling was the most vocal protester and that they told him to leave the property.

At one point, Suckling allegedly "pushed past" one official to sit down inside the building. "From S.A.H.B.A. standpoint, Suckling then created a disturbance during the press conference," the police report states.

SAHBA officials told police that Suckling pushed another person out of his way as he left. "Neither victim had visible injuries, but each did complain of soreness" but did not ask for medical treatment, the report states.

Suckling was booked into the Pima County jail Friday on two counts of assault, one count of second-degree criminal trespass and seven counts of disorderly conduct.

In an interview with the Arizona Daily Star after his release Saturday, Suckling said the developers' police report is a "pack of lies from the beginning to the end" and that the center plans to file a civil suit against SAHBA for filing a false report.

"They simply made it up," he said. "This is a political assault engineered by Tucson developers against people who try to protect the desert. SAHBA is so frustrated the media actually presents two sides of the story that they try to bring bogus legal charges against environmentalists to try and shut them up."

Suckling said he went to the press conference to "expose the outright lies of the home builders" regarding the court decision and when he went inside, he was pushed.

The police report did not include interviews with anybody but developers, Suckling said, and police officers arrested him immediately without asking questions when he met with them Friday.

Julie Miller said she went with Suckling to demonstrate Tuesday, did not go inside, and did not see any pushing.

Ed Taczanowsky, SAHBA's executive vice president, declined to comment Saturday.

Contact reporter Eric Swedlund at 629-9412 or

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Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2003 6:42 pm
by JET
I wonder what the reaction would be if one of us pushed our way into a CBD press conference on their private property?

Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2003 7:29 pm
by JET
For those who don't know or may have forgotten:

Kieran Suckling is merely a philosophy Ph.D. and one of the other CBD founders is a former Earth First! activist named Peter Galvin.

Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2003 8:18 pm
owl costumes
You gotta be ef-ern kiddin me :!:

Roast Owl anyone :?:

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Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2003 8:46 pm
by desertsteve
Man!, these people will file a lawsuit at the drop of a hat !!!!

Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2003 12:09 am
by jhitesma
Some good reading on Suckling and his connection with Earth First before starting the CBD: ... narie.html

Good bit of that sounds like the same kind of behaviour they try to pin on OHV users to get us banned from the land....I really like the story about the tequila bottle "that never came down" :roll: after Foreman launched it into the air before passing out.

Or another article where Kieran and a friend are described in their own words as taking part in "paper monkey wrenching" after too many arrests.

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Of course this kind of arrest and lies are nothing to be surprised about given this mans history:
linguistics and the deconstruction theory that was ubiquitous in the academy.
His conversation is peppered with references to mainstream philosophers
like Aristotle and Heidegger, but edgier characters like the French-Algerian
philosopher Jacques Derrida, a coyote trickster whose work suggests that
meaning is ever-shifting and relational, clearly have influenced him.
Suckling didn't just study experience. He hurled himself into it. You could say
he transcended ethics in favor of Kierkegaardian intensity. He became an
industrial-strength shoplifter and all-around grifter, not an illogical lifestyle for
a perpetual student from a financially strapped family. Orgies, anarchism
and the occasional arrest were de rigueur in the radical environmental
movement. Suckling navigated the underworld with apparent ease.
When he
came back into the mainstream, it would be to fight for the very definition of
And that's from the LA Weekly no less:

Reading about Suckling and Galvin hanging out with Dave Foreman himself in Catron County is also an interesting read. What a surprise that when they were hired by the FWS to study a certian owl their results showed that it should be listed as about letting the wolf into the henhouse:

Of course don't forget our good friend from the CBD Patterson also has an impressive arrest record and Earth First ties: ... essage/145

The more you read about these guys past the more CBD seems like little more than a bunch of Earth First terrorists who got bored of sitting around in jail cells and decided to use lawyers offensively instead of defensively for a change.

Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2003 6:14 am
desertsteve wrote:Man!, these people will file a lawsuit at the drop of a hat !!!!
Cause that is the only end product that they know how to produce. It pays the bills - similar to a telemarketer, ripping people off with no apparent conscience. Simple as that. They couldn’t hack working in the real world; the demands to be productive are too much for these leeches to handle.

Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2003 11:18 am
by Sand Commander
Any pictures from the media of these criminals in their Owl costumes? I would pay $4.99 to download that for sure! Could be a great screen saver.