Oregon state Senate Bill 742 is the brainchild of Sen. John Minnis, R. who introduced a bill to “create the crime of terrorism” and apply it to people who intentionally cause injury while disrupting commerce or traffic. (Injury in the legal sense, which is to say a loss of revenue is considered injurious to the business.) If convicted, they would face imprisonment for life.
Minnis says he borrowed language from Oregon’s treason statutes, and meant the bill as an “umbrella” law covering all types of terrorism, including eco-sabotage. The bill “certainly would apply to someone caught spiking trees to prevent logging”, he says.