the useful inequalities of terrorism

When will Homeland Security look into the hate groups in the U.S. who promote terrorism? Here’s the text from an email from the Southern Poverty Law Center:

Earlier today, the FBI arrested a suspect in the attempted terrorist bombing of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane, Wash. Authorities say the sophisticated bomb – left in a backpack on a bench along the parade route – was a powerful device packed with shrapnel dipped in rat poison.

Our independent investigation has confirmed that the suspect was a member of the National Alliance, for years one of the most dangerous neo-Nazi hate groups in America and one of the groups tracked by our Intelligence Project.

National Alliance founder William Pierce was the author of The Turner Diaries, the race war novel that inspired the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 men, women and children.

The bombing attempt in Spokane demonstrates that the threat of domestic terrorism from elements of the radical right is very real. And the threat may be growing. Just last month, we released a report showing that hate groups now number more than 1,000 for the first time.

In yesterday’s New York Times, Scott Shane’s article, “For Lawmaker Examining Terror, a Pro-I.R.A. Past,” quotes Niall O’Dowd in “describing Mr. King’s ‘strange journey from Irish radical to Muslim inquisitor.'” Shane says of O’Dowd: “Seeing his old friend similarly ‘demonize’ Muslims has shocked him, he said.”

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