Briana Waters was sentenced to 48 months (four years) in prison last Friday. She had already served three years when her sentence was overturned. Rather than face another trial and the testimony of activists turned cooperating witnesses Jennifer Kolar and Lacey Phillabaum, Waters decided to follow their lead and agreed to plea guilty and testify against her former partner Justin Solondz. All were arrested in connection with the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) arson of the University of Washington horticulture building in 2001. The target was selected because the activists erroneously thought a researcher there was studying genetically modified trees. Water’s betrayal may have spared her from two years in prison but it cost someone else who once trusted her seven years of his life.
Mark Kennedy (alias: Mark Stone) spent nearly a decade infiltrating anarchist and environmental protest groups in Europe with only minimal connection to the U.S. (by way of New York City.) He has been living with family in the Cleveland area after being exposed publicly in 2010. It was revealed last week that like many former government workers Kennedy has found employment in the private sector serving the same interests. Kennedy is now a consultant for the Dallas-based Densus Group. The firm is run by a former British Army officer, and was once tasked with gathering intelligence information on protesters at a G20 summit. Now based out of his new home in Ohio, the 42-year-old provides “risk and threat assessments” to companies that suspect they might fall victim to “direct action.”