Terrorists on US soil!!!
Below are two articles that describe how 100% pure blooded white Americans were convicted of possessing weapons designed for terrorist acts in the US. However, aside from these articles, one from UPI and one from The Guardian (UK), the only other news articles I could find (using the Google news search) were local news articles from Texas (where the terrorist lived and were caught). Contrast that with national publicity, and the gloating of John Ashcroft, at finding a few African Americans and Arab Americans in Portland OR guilty of terrorism for "thinking" about fighting with the Taliban to defend Islam, and attempting but failing to reach Afghanistan, and for finding some Americans of African descent in Lackawanna NY guilty of terrorism for joining a training camp in Afghanistan, or thinking of joining it, only to find that it was not to their liking, and returning home to the US for an ordinary life
Below are two articles that describe how 100% pure-blooded, white Americans were convicted of possessing weapons designed for terrorist acts in the US. However, aside from these articles, one from UPI, and one from The Guardian (UK), the only other news articles I could find on this subject (using the Google news search) were local news articles from Texas (where the terrorist lived and were caught and prosecuted). Contrast that with national publicity, and the gloating of John Ashcroft, at finding a few African Americans and Arab Americans in Portland OR guilty of terrorism for "thinking" about fighting with the Taliban to defend Islam, and attempting but failing to reach Afghanistan, and for finding some Americans of African descent in Lackawanna NY guilty of terrorism for joining a training camp in Afghanistan, or thinking of joining it, only to find that it was not to their liking, and returning home to the US for an ordinary life.
They seemed normal but plotted to kill thousands
Paul Harris reports from Noonday, Texas, on how the FBI stumbled upon right-wing cyanide bombers
Sunday March 21, 2004
William Krar and Judith Bruey appeared a perfectly normal couple. Certainly Teresa Staples thought so. She remembered a polite, sociable couple who always paid their rent on time for the three garages they rented from her.
So when the FBI showed up in the tiny Texas hamlet of Noonday demanding access to the garages, Staples thought they had made a mistake. But a few hours later, more FBI agents turned up, this time wearing biochemical warfare suits. 'When those guys showed up in spacesuits, I just knew something very bad had been found,' Staples said.
She was right. Among a terrifying arsenal of guns, bullets and bombs, the FBI found a chemical cyanide bomb. Used in a shopping mall, a stadium or a subway, it could have killed thousands. 'I was terrified. I live here with my children and they had that terrible stuff in there,' Staples said.
Krar and Bruey will soon be sentenced to lengthy jail terms, but their capture has revealed a gaping hole in America's war on terror: the home front. The FBI fears that other chemical bombs, built by Krar, may already be in circulation. The case has now sparked the biggest domestic terror investigation since the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
Critics say the case shows that the authorities, obsessed with Islamic terrorists, have ignored the deadly assortment of domestic extremists. America's right-wing groups, though diminished in numbers since 1995, have become bent on acquiring weapons capable of mass slaughter.
'The radical right is going to seek ever more deadly and extreme forms of weapons,' said Daniel Levitas, author of The Terrorist Next Door. Levitas estimates that far-right groups have about 25,000 members, with 10 times as many sympathisers. The Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC), which monitors hate groups, has identified 708 of them. Since Oklahoma City, more than 30 plots by US terrorists have been uncovered, including attacks on oil refineries, politicians and army bases.
Just last month, a letter laced with ricin, a lethal nerve toxin, was sent to the Senate. One had been sent to the White House last November. Both are similar to one found in South Carolina earlier still, signed by someone called Fallen Angel. And the anthrax attacks of two years ago have still not been solved: the perpetrator is thought to be an American.
The FBI only found out about Krar by accident. He had mailed five fake ID cards, including one for the Pentagon and the UN, to a member of the New Jersey Militia. The cards included a note from Krar with the words: 'We would hate to have this fall into the wrong hands.'
But it did, misdelivered to a man in New York who called the police. That led investigators to monitor Krar and Bruey's mail in the town of Tyler, where they lived, about 10 miles from Noonday.
Staples said Krar and Bruey visited their lock-ups every day. Each was piled high with clothes and gardening equipment, which she believed they resold at flea markets. 'I thought they just dealt in rakes, old clothes, stuff like that,' she said.
But FBI agents uncovered the cache of weapons hidden behind them. More weapons were found at Krar and Bruey's secluded home in the pine woods that surround Tyler. Eventually the haul totalled 500,000 rounds of ammunition, more than 60 pipe bombs, other remote-controlled bombs disguised as brief cases, and dozens of machineguns, silencers, pistols, mines and explosives.
And, inside an ammunition cannister, was the sodium cyanide, next to quantities of acid that would act as a trigger for the device, reacting with the cyanide to release a cloud of lethal gas.
Worryingly, the investigation exposed numerous instances when Krar had appeared on the police radar. In 1985, he had been arrested for impersonating a police officer. He had paid no tax since 1989. In January, 2003, he was stopped in Tennessee by a state trooper, who found chemicals and weapons in his car.
Krar was also the subject of an investigation in 1995 which showed he had wide links to a network of right-wing extremists, but the inquiry was later dropped.
Now all that previous evidence is being re-examined. Investigators are desperate to work out what Krar has been doing for the two years he lived in Tyler. Plans found on him when he was arrested provided a clue. They included a code for setting up meetings in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. They also include coded warnings to avoid police surveillance.
No one knows why the pair chose to live in Texas, but the area is home to cells of the Ku Klux Klan and white power group the Ayran Nations.
One theory is that Krar had been acting as a travelling salesmen of covert weapons for extremists. But the nightmare scenario is that Krar has already made and distributed other chemical bombs. More sodium cyanide was found at Krar's house and in his car in Tennessee.
So far, more than 150 subpoenas have been issued, and more are expected. 'This is an ongoing investigation,' said one source close to the case. Krar and Bruey have so far refused to co-operate with investigators. However, sentencing has been set for May - an unusually long time away, which has had some experts speculating that Krar and Bruey have cracked and are revealing details about their network in the hope of receiving less jail time.
If true, that would be a breakthrough in the war on terror as big as anything gleaned from al-Qaeda suspects in Iraq or Afghanistan. 'Krar had weapons that were capable of killing just as many people as died on September 11,' said Mark Potok, editor of The Intelligence Report, an SPLC newsletter. 'They are a reminder that all terrorists do not come from abroad. Some of the scariest ones are 100 per cent, red-blooded Americans.'
Outside View: Who is William Krar?
By Jim Kessler
A UPI Outside View commentary
Published 3/14/2004 2:57 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- Since his appointment as attorney general, John Ashcroft's Washington office has issued 2,295 news releases. Not one of them has mentioned the name William Joseph Krar.
Krar's attorney is saying it's all a misunderstanding, and Krar himself is not talking, but his arrest by federal law enforcement in the small town of Noonday, Texas, last April may have stopped the most devastating terror attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11.
Krar, who is affiliated with several anti-government, white supremacist militia organizations, was apprehended after mailing a package containing false U.N. credentials, Defense Intelligence Agency IDs, phony birth certificates and a forged federal concealed weapons permit to a co-conspirator in New Jersey.
The package came with a note that read, "We would hate to have this fall into the wrong hands." It did. It was delivered to the incorrect address.
An alert citizen contacted the FBI, which led to the arrest of Krar and the discovery of a mind-numbing weapons cache: fully automatic machine guns, remote-controlled explosive devices disguised as briefcases, 60 pipe bombs, nearly 500,000 rounds of ammunition and enough pure sodium cyanide "to kill everyone inside a 30,000 square foot building," according to federal authorities.
The arrest of Krar and two associates was the talk of the town in little Noonday, Texas, a sleepy community of about 500 people located 100 miles southeast of Dallas. But outside of a few local news stories and a handful of mentions in several national outlets, the William Krar arrest is the proverbial tree that fell in the woods.
Even more astounding is the stony silence from the Ashcroft Justice Department, which found at least 2,295 occasions to toot its own horn that are apparently more newsworthy than the Krar arrest.
"We don't spend a lot of time thinking about how we announce our activities," a Justice Department spokesman told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Really? This is from a Justice Department that averages two news releases every day and has never been shy to march out every triumph over the arrest or conviction of anyone remotely connected to overseas terror.
No, this Justice Department is obsessed with thinking about how they announce their activities. And that is what is so intriguing about this arrest and the conspicuous lack of comment from Ashcroft.
It is, to quote another famous crime fighter, reminiscent of "the curious incident of the dog in the night-time." "The dog did nothing in the night-time," said Inspector Gregory. "That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.
Is there a double standard at Justice between the public pronouncements over arrests that fit our current stereotype of terrorists and those that don't? It is a question deserving of an answer. As for William Krar and his associates, who knows what they were planning? Perhaps they were going to blow up the United Nations or release sodium cyanide poison in the Pentagon. Perhaps they were ultimately going to do nothing -- just stockpile weapons of mass destruction and pass coded communiqués to each other bemoaning the Zionist occupation of the United States.
We don't know because William Krar is not talking. And neither is the Justice Department.
(Jim Kessler is president of the Washington-based consulting firm Definition Strategies. He can be reached at email@example.com.)
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