Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The Official HSD Classification Is "High-Spirited Good Ole Boys" 

Someone finally noticed that although we have more than a surfeit of Islamic terrorists, tree-hugging terrorists, and animal-loving terrorists, all of whom pose a monstrous threat to our free society, we seem to be facing a serious dearth of white-supremacist terrorists and anti-government militia terrorists. And as for Christian gay-bashing anti-abortion terrorists -- well, they're nothing but an urban myth:
The Homeland Security Department is focusing on possible terror threats from radical environmental and animal rights activists without also examining risks that might be posed by right-wing extremists, House Democrats said Tuesday.

A recent internal Homeland Security document lists the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front with a few Islamic groups that could potentially support al-Qaida as domestic terror threats.

The document does not address threats posed by white supremacists, violent militiamen, anti-abortion bombers and other extremists that Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., called "right-wing hate groups" . . . .

Thompson said he reminded Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff of threats by right-wing groups in a letter sent to the department Tuesday — the 10th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. That attack, which killed 168 people, marks the worst act of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil.

ALF and ELF are accused by the FBI of committing hundreds of acts of arson or other attacks on property in the United States, causing millions of dollars in damages. None of their attacks, however, have caused human deaths.
Our colleague Eli at Left I on the News notes that Messrs. Bush and Cheney both issued statements on the tenth anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, and neither one of them uttered the word "terrorism."

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