23 March 2011

Suspect in MLK bomb tied to racist movement - Maybe

Following up on one of my January posts: Backpack Incendiary Bomb Found on MLK Day Parade Route
Suspect in MLK bomb tied to racist movement - Spokesman.com - March 9, 2011:
The Spokesman-Review turns itself inside out trying to tie Kevin William Harpham, 36, of Colville, WA to a White supremacist movement.  First with an assertion from the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization famous for missing the mark:
The Southern Poverty Law Center confirmed that Harpham in 2004 was a member of the National Alliance, which is one of the most visible white supremacist organizations in the nation. It was founded by the late William Pierce, who authored “The Turner Diaries,” a novel about a future race war. That book was believed to be the blueprint behind the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh.
“What to me this arrest suggests is that the Martin Luther King Day attack is what it always looked like: A terror-mass murder attempt directed at black people and their sympathizers,” said Mark Potok, who is the director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project that tracks and investigates hate groups.
Is the reader to believe that the group that sees the whole world as racist has records, going back nearly a decade, on every member of some White power group?  The writer did say "confirmed" rather than "speculated/stated/guessed" as if the SPLC is an actual authoritative source.  They actually took the time to ask someone from the group, an authoritative source:
But Erich Gliebe, chairman of the National Alliance, based in Hillsboro, W.Va., said Harpham is not a member of his organization, which believes all races are entitled to their own living spaces.

“We have a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal activity and anyone committing those acts – even hinting or joking — would not be welcome in our organization,” Gliebe said.

Gliebe said he didn’t know where the Southern Poverty Law Center got its membership information.

“They will try to smear any organization they can,” Gliebe said. “They tried to smear me in the past.”
A quick look-up on FrontPageMag.Com can confirm Gliebe's statement.   So, after the paper went through the appearance of fact checking, they made another assertion without any verification:
Harpham also appears to be a member of the Vanguard News Network, which is the racist magazine for the National Alliance. That Website features essays, blog posts and message boards on topics such as “resettlement and construction of local communities for Whites” and “How to Live White.”
Vanguard is actually an anti-Semitic magazine.  None of what they state about Harpham says supremacist, but, if true, it does say separatist.  Certainly the argument could be made that racial separatists are racists and the way the speaker applies the term reveals much about the speaker.  I wonder if the author Thomas Clouse calls exclusive Black organizations racist or supremacist?  Hard to tell, as he closes the article with this:
The most recent (bombing) came in 1996, when three bombs linked to racists caused severe damage to a Planned Parenthood building, Spokane City Hall and the Spokane Valley office of The Spokesman-Review.
Anybody who would bomb an abortion clinic is a racist too?

Of course, these blind assertions will be more than enough for the leftist media to run with.  It does not matter if they finally, actually found a racist bomber since facts do not matter to them, they will run with this until the next distraction comes along.
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