On January 20, 2011, I blogged about a domestic terrorism attempt on MLK Day in Spokane, Washington. Embarassingly, I stated in that blog that the attempted bombing happened in Seattle.
The domestic terrorist who authorities say planted a "weapon of mass destruction" backpack bomb along the MLK Day parade route in Spokane has now been arrested.
This week Northeast Washington learned one of its residents is suspected of being a Neo-Nazi terrorist. The FBI arrested 36-year-old Kevin Harpham for allegedly planting a bomb in a backpack along the route of Spokane's Martin Luther King Day Parade. Harpham is now being held at the Spokane County Jail.
Information in the case against Harpham is still sealed but from early media investigations this home grown white terrorist seems to have followed a similar radicalization path that Timothy McVeigh had followed. Harpham served in the Army from 1996-1999. After his gig in the military, Harpham began seeking out white supremacist groups like the Aryan Nation. In 2004, Harpham communicated with a Neo-Nazi group known as the National Alliance, who....
"...value quality above equality, and are willing to do whatever must be done to restore America to racial and moral health."
"I can't wait till the day I snap", Harpham wrote in 2006 on the Vanguard News Network internet site.....one of a 1000 comments he made at the anti-Semitic forum.
Also from yesterday....
Five people in the Fairbanks area were arrested Thursday by state and federal law enforcement on charges connected with an alleged plot to kidnap or kill state troopers and a Fairbanks judge, according to the Alaska State Troopers.
An investigation "revealed extensive plans to kidnap or kill Alaska state troopers and a Fairbanks judge," the statement said. The plans included "extensive surveillance" on the homes of two Fairbanks troopers, the statement said.
"Investigation also revealed that extensive surveillance on troopers in the Fairbanks area had occurred, specifically on the locations of the homes for two Alaska state troopers," the statement said. "Furthermore, (Francis) Cox et. al. had acquired a large cache of weapons in order to carry out attacks against their targeted victims. Some of the weapons known to be in the cache are prohibited by state or federal law."
Cox was part of Fairbanks, Alaska's "sovereign citizen" movement. The "sovereigns" are the self-radicalized groups in the U.S. whose members insist they do not have to obey federal, state or local laws....and when challenged by law enforcement, have the right to use deadly force against them.
Meanwhile, back in Washington D.C. this week....Republican Peter King convened congressional hearings on the radicalization of American terrorists. Not all radicalized American terrorists....not neo-Nazis, not sovereign citizens groups, not white supremacist radicals.....only "the extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community and that community’s response”.
Yesterday, Ohio.com's own Da King blogged mocking the 50 progressive groups who objected to Peter King's singular focus on Muslim-Americans......
...they don't want Rep. King or anyone else telling people who the terrorists are, where the terrorists come from, how the terrorists are created, or what steps might be taken to prevent the creation of future terrorists in America. That's how damn serious those (progressive groups) are about terrorism, by golly, as in…they aren't serious at all.
For both Kings, it was their lowest moment.
In both cases.....empirical evidence played no part....
Mr. King, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, offered not a scintilla of substantiation for his charges that more than 80 percent of American mosques are run by radicals — “an enemy living amongst us.” Nor did he offer any evidence to support his assertions that “law enforcement officials throughout the country told me they received little or — in most cases — no cooperation from Muslim leaders and imams.”
He ignored a study indicating that in a hefty 40 percent of domestic extremist plots that were thwarted, law enforcement had help from Muslims. And he completely avoided the more complex and worthy issue of threats to the nation from a wide array of homegrown militants that law enforcement officials must deal with, from neo-Nazis to wannabe jihadists.
Despite his claims of insider law enforcement knowledge, Mr. King didn’t call a single police witness to testify.
Our own Da King....
Rep. Peter King isn't making the homegrown terrorist threat up, folks. He's trying to come up with way to address it.
What the (progressive groups) are concerned with is the perception of being Islamophbic. It's about appearances, not reality. The (progressive groups) are using that to play upon our fears of being called Islamophobic. It's a sort of Islamophobia-phobia they are pushing, for lack of a better term.
Those (who are progressive) pretend King is being Islamophobic because his hearings focus exclusively on the Muslim terrorist threat, while ignoring the terrorist threat from other groups, such as those radicalized Boy Scouts, or those jihadist Mothers Against Drunk Driving, I guess.
The Kings of embarassment.....both seemingly clueless and shameless in their defense of a new McCarthy Inquisition against all American Muslims. Both Kings have been radicalized by extreme conservative political dogma of division and hate. The self-radicalization of the Kings has led them to knowingly shun truth in favor of bigotry.
Perhaps another hearing is in order.
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