Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Breaking: Kevin William Harpham arrested in attempted MLK parade bombing

Update: Kevin William Harpham is the name of the suspect in the bombing. Harpham is apparently an Army vet and previously had ties to a neo-nazi organization. More details as they emerge.

The right wing is holding its collective breath this afternoon. The federal and local law enforcement have taken into custody a suspect in the attempted bombing of a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade in Spokane, Washington. Various right wing extremist groups have denied any involvement in the attempted bombing:
The area once served as headquarters for Richard Butler's Aryan Nations, whose members were lured by the small number of minorities.

Leaders of some local white separatist groups have denied involvement in the bombing.

"The Aryan Nations does not advocate any violence," said Jerald O'Brien, leader of the remnants of the group in nearby Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Shaun Winkler, of the White Knights of the KKK in northern Idaho, said his group did not plant the bomb and that its members prefer distributing propaganda to going to prison.
Of course, once the identity of the suspect is released there will be a race to see what--if any--connections he or she may have to organized groups and political movements. Stay tuned while we listen for more details.

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