Since 1997, Rosebraugh has received eight subpoenas to appear before federal grand juries to discuss his sources, but he has said he has no knowledge of them and refused to cooperate with the proceedings. The New York Times Magazine dubbed him the "Face of Ecoterrorism" in 1998. In 2002 he appeared, under power of subpoena, in front of the U.S. Congress in a House Resources Subcommittee hearing on eco-terrorism. During the hearing, Rosebraugh took the Fifth Amendment to 54 of 56 questions asked by Congress, effectively stonewalling the proceeding. He did issue Congress an eleven page written testimony charging the U.S. government with being "one of the most horrific terrorist organizations in planetary history."
Rosebraugh later resigned his position as spokesman for the organizations, believing that more direct pressure needed to be placed against the U.S. government itself. In the sentencing for Chelsea Dawn Gerlach however, it was stated that Rosebraugh resigned after a disagreement between himself and members of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) cell responsible for the Jefferson Poplar Farm arson. The cell believed genetic engineering research was being done and wrote the communique to Rosebraugh claiming that justification. Rosebraugh's research showed that the farm had recently changed ownership and no genetic engineering was being done at the time of the arson so Rosebraugh edited the communique and removed that justification. This angered the cell and through this disagreement, Rosebraugh resigned his role.
Despite the seizure of his computer equipment; searches of his business, person, and home; grand jury investigations; FBI and ATF questioning; and hundreds of death threats; he did not reveal the identities of members of the movements.
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