The USA just came very close to another major act of terrorism, another mass murder. This bomb was sophisticated and had the potential to kill many people. While no suspects or motives are known yet, the target and location suggest the extreme right wing (the Neonazi, Aryan Nations and Christian Identity movements). Strange this isn't getting much coverage.
|Backpack bomb found at MLK event rattles Spokane
SPOKANE, Wash.—A bomb left along the route of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade was a sophisticated explosive that had a remote detonator and the ability to cause many casualties, an official familiar with the case said Wednesday.
The bomb, which was defused without incident on Monday, was the most potentially destructive he had ever seen, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to release information about the investigation.
The attempted bombing on the day set aside in honor of the slain civil rights leader raised the possibility of a racial motive in a region that has been home to the white supremacist group Aryan Nations.
"The confluence of the holiday, the march and the device is inescapable, but we are not at the point where we can draw any particular motive," Harrill said.
Spokane, which has 200,000 residents, is about 100 miles south of the Canadian border, which is a particularly remote and heavily forested stretch used by drug smugglers and human traffickers.
Another explosive device was found March 23 beside the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse in downtown Spokane. No arrests have been made in that investigation, Harrill said, and agents didn't know if the two incidents were related.
The Spokane region and adjacent northern Idaho have had numerous incidents of anti-government and white supremacist activity during the past three decades.
The most visible was by the Aryan Nations, whose leader Richard Butler gathered racists and anti-Semites at his compound for two decades. Butler went bankrupt, lost the compound in a civil lawsuit in 2000 and died in 2004.
In 1996, white supremacists placed a pipe bomb outside City Hall in Spokane. The bomb exploded, blowing out a window and sending nails and screws across the street into Riverfront Park. There were no injuries. Two men arrested for the blast said it was part of a plot to spark a revolution and set up a whites-only nation.
In December, a man in Hayden, Idaho, built a snowman on his front lawn shaped like a member of the Ku Klux Klan holding a noose. The man knocked the pointy-headed snowman down after getting a visit from sheriff's deputies.
Harrill called the planting of the bomb an act of domestic terrorism that was clearly designed to advance a political or social agenda.
"The potential for injury and death were clearly present," he said.