The Pink Flamingo doesn’t disapprove of the hearings Peter King wishes to hold on Islamic extremism, IF, he would open it up to violent extremism in the US in general. Conservatives like to say that there are no violent right wing extremists who are the equivalent of the Islamic extremes. I think that is mainly because the right wing idiots always get caught (thank heavens!). Granted there are far fewer Muslims in the US, which makes the number of attempted attacks quite striking, but not recognizing that we have a major problem here is to hid one’s head in the sand.
Funny how the Far Right refuses to admit that there are Neo-Nazis and that there is no right wing terrorism.
“…Kevin William Harpham, 36, of Colville, Wash., was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered explosive device. If convicted, Harpham faces life in prison.
Officials released few details on what Frank Harrill, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Spokane office, described as a “very active” investigation. U.S. Atty. Michael Ormsby said agents searched Harpham’s 10-acre property in rural Stevens County, north of Spokane, on Wednesday. Neither he nor Harrill would say whether more arrests were expected.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that tracks hate groups, identified Harpham as a onetime member of the white supremacist National Alliance. Representatives of the National Alliance did not respond to a request for comment. Authorities declined to say whether Harpham had ties to white supremacist groups….”
And – why hasn’t this been disclosed:
“…But despite those historic Republican gains, the early signs suggest that even as the more mainstream political right strengthens, the radical right has remained highly energized. In an 11-day period this January, a neo-Nazi was arrested headed for the Arizona border with a dozen homemade grenades; a terrorist bomb attack on a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane, Wash., was averted after police dismantled a sophisticated anti-personnel weapon; and a man who officials said had a long history of antigovernment activities was arrested outside a packed mosque in Dearborn, Mich., and charged with possessing explosives with unlawful intent….”
From White Reference (I will NOT link to them) (http://whitereference.blogspot.com/2011/03/kevin-william-harpham-arrested-for-mlk.html) You do it yourself:
Naturally all the little “Aryans” are running for cover.
“...The SPLC could not confirm when Harpham became a member or whether or not he was still a member, but their records confirmed he was a National Alliance member in 2004.
Paul Mullet, the former self-proclaimed leader of the Aryan Nations , said that Harpham expressed interest in joining the Aryan Nations back in the mid-2000s. Mullet said Wednesday afternoon that he had about a dozen conversations with Harpham after he contacted him for information on joining the Aryan Nations. Mullet said that Harpham never joined the group.
A public records search indicates that Harpham served in the Army at Ft. Lewis with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery around 1996-97. Officials at Ft. Lewis could not confirm that. The Southern Poverty Law Center did a report in 2006 that identified Ft. Lewis as a hotbed of extremist group activity in the military.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made a brief mention of Harpham’s arrest during a noon press conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, acknowledging the work of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and local law enforcement in the Inland Northwest to finding and arresting the suspect behind the bomb attempt.
“It was a viable device, it was planted with the aim of hurting or killing people,” Holder said of the device plant on the morning of Jan. 17. A backpack was found on a bench along the route of the Unity March. The bomb squad cordoned off the area, the backpack was secured and its contents were removed and shipped to the FBI lab in Quantico, Va.
The FBI later confirmed the bomb was a credible threat, while other law enforcement sources added the device contained explosives, a chemical found in rat poison and a number of metal projectiles that could have maimed or killed people. It was set up to be triggered using a remote control device.
The investigation into the bomb focused on Stevens County early on because the device, found in a Swiss Army backpack, was wrapped up in two T-shirts. One was a Relay for Life race shirt from Colville High School in 2010. The American Cancer Society reports it made 300 shirts for participants. The second shirt was given out to students who participated in a performance of “Treasure Island” in the Chewelah School District in March 2009 at Jenkins High School in Chewelah….”
“...Ten days before that, Harpham offered shelter to violent neo-Nazi activist Craig Cobb, a part-time resident of Kalispell, Montana who is a fugitive from justice in Canada, where he’s wanted on hate crimes charges.
“Craig, if you read this and you need a place to stay for the winter I have an empty basement with a couple rooms, a bed and bathroom you can live in till spring,” Harpham posted. “I live in Washington not too far from Kalispell.”
Kevin William Harpham was arrested today in a rural area south of Colville, Washington, just across the Idaho panhandle from Montana.
A white supremacist website founded by Cobb in 2007, Podblanc, features tribute videos to “lone wolf” white supremacist killers, including Benjamin Nathaniel Smith, who in July 1999 went on a three-day shooting rampage targeting Jews and non-whites. Smith killed two people and wounded nine before turning his gun on himself.
On Jan. 8, Cobb apparently posted a message to supporters on VNN encouraging them to follow the examples of lone wolf terrorists such as Joe Stack, who flew a small plane into a building housing IRS offices in Austin, Texas in 2010, and James von Brunn, the neo-Nazi who killed a security guard after he opened fire at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in 2009.
“Ask all to seriously internally take direct personal action upon furthering Our Cause, doing something they haven’t yet done before, or repeating something that has been highly effective,” Cobb wrote.
Cobb wrote there was a “small chance” he’d take Harpham up on his offer of basement space….”
NO RIGHT WING TERROR?
From White Reference – the one stop shop for all your white supremacist news!
This is a thing of beauty. Please note that there is a post on Stormfront’s forum by J. T. Ready. This is one of those adorable little follow the bouncing Hitler thingies. (http://www.stormfront.org/forum/t718755-97/#post8913111)
“…An NSM spokesman said Harbin is no longer a part of their group; Arizona NSM Executive Officer Harry Hughes said members do not condone violence. “We’re not a street gang, we’re not thugs,” said Hughes. “We promote nonviolent change.”
Beirich said the group’s former spokesman is in prison for making threats, and its leader also has a criminal record. “Any other organization has an assortment of people who have what I would call, ‘colorful histories’ in their past, but that’s not what we’re about,” Hughes said. “That is a ridiculous description about what NSM is about,” Beirich said. “National Socialist Movement is a direct take off the Hitler movement. I mean, this is what they’re following, Nazism. They hate Jews, they hate brown-skinned people.” Harbin is seen in a 2010 ABC15 story promoting “Report an Illegal Day” on Cinco de Mayo. “Everybody has dislikes for some kind of people,” said Hughes. “There’s hardly anybody out there that I would consider to be totally neutral.”…”
Please take note:
Yep, that’s J. T. Ready – and Russell Pearce (FYI, Russell Pearce is the President of the Arizona State Senate and a big supporter of dingbat governor Jan Brewer.
Ready claims to no longer be associated with the Neo-Nazis, yet he write the above on January 29, 2011 MONTHS after he renounced his association with this bunch. He and Russell Pearce are still hanging out together. Why isn’t Pearce being investigated by Peter King?
“…As for Pearce’s denials that he didn’t know Ready was a white supremacist, he apparently doesn’t pay very close attention to what goes on in the state House. In early March of ’07, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema hosted a conference at the state Capitol titled, “House Democrats Seminar on the Tone of the Immigration Debate.” In it, a representative of the Anti-Defamation League very publicly denounced Ready as a white supremacist and a member of NewSaxon.com (now NewSaxon.org), “an online community for whites by whites.”…”
From The Pink Flamingo’s favorite liberal: The Feathered Bastard:
It’s time for another round of…..
Springtime for Russell Pearce & Arizona?
It is quite foolish to assume that only Islamic radicals are terrorists. It is foolish to assume that all members of the far right are white supremacists, neo-nazis, and terrorists. It is ludacris to think that tea partiers are domestic terrorists, and it is just as ludicrous to claim that the far left and union members are domestic terrorists.
If Peter King really wanted to do a good thing, he would estimate all of the above! (Including Russell Pearce)