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What’s the US doing about home-grown, right-wing terrorists? Not much.

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 07, 2004

What’s the US doing about home-grown, right-wing terrorists? Not much..

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shaunJan 07, 2004 at 11:15PM

I just heard a report about that guy in east Texas about five minutes ago on the radio—I guess the Canadian media is covering it.

tomJan 08, 2004 at 1:48AM

As one of the comments on the post mentions, the item is more than a bit short-sighted when the author states “So if you measure by number of high-profile attacks, and not by body count, it’s basically a draw right now…” He excludes all attacks on American targets not specifically on U.S. soil - which easily surpass his whole measuring stick. While he makes mention of U.S. based attacks, his subset is purposefully misleading to reinforce his pre-drawn conclusion and headline.

I’m also a bit disturbed at the ease with which he reaches his conclusions without factoring in the body count.

GeorgeJan 08, 2004 at 7:06AM

Tom: I basically agree with the things you mention. But that doesn’t change the fact that there was far more media coverage about “the Arabian who didn’t show up” than about the Texan with his WMD, which he clearly intended to use sooner or later.

leonJan 09, 2004 at 9:51AM

“We are all actively becoming that which we most intently observe.”

donald tettoJan 12, 2004 at 1:04AM

Too needlessly elaborate on George’s point, I think the post is best summed up with the sentence “If Krar’s first name had been Abdul instead of William, you can bet Ashcroft would have been giving press conferences from the scene of the arrest.” which holds within its hyperbole an undeniable truth that ought to be seriously considered.

tomJan 12, 2004 at 1:59PM

“If Krar’s first name had been Abdul instead of William, you can bet Ashcroft would have been giving press conferences from the scene of the arrest.”

And, assuming his first name HAD been Abdul, there would have actually been reporters attending that Ashcroft press conference. Instead, there’s a small write up on someone’s internet blog and an article in the Christian Science Monitor. Where’s the mainstream press on this one?

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