Nineteen years ago today, evil came to Oklahoma City. Timothy McVeigh, fueled by hatred of the government he saw as an oppressive tyrant, set off a massive truck bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, tearing away the lives of 168 Americans, including 19 small children in a day-care center. He was one of ours. Although many rushed to declare that the bombing bore all the hallmarks of an attack by foreign Muslim jihadists, they were quickly shown to be completely wrong. McVeigh was a U.S.-born white man, what the Ku Klux Klan of old liked to call a “100 percent American.” For a moment, it seemed the lesson was learned. Law enforcement officials, many of whom had been skeptical of the whole notion of domestic terrorists, came to see that there was a dangerous underbelly to American society, a world of radical-right activists who were willing to kill. Plot after plot was dismantled as the militia movement coursed through the country. But then came the Al Qaeda attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and it appeared that the lesson had once again been lost. Six days ago, the nation was served with a grim reminder that the United States faces its own homegrown terrorists. A well-known neo-Nazi named Frazier Glenn Cross (formerly Miller) allegedly stormed on to the grounds of two Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kan., and shot to death three strangers. As he was led away by police who captured him almost immediately, he shouted “Heil Hitler!” Although the news coverage implied that this was a uniquely horrific attack, the reality is that it was only the latest in recent years. Other known neo-Nazis murdered a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, killed six Sikhs in a Wisconsin temple, tried to slaughter hundreds in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane, Wash., and more. According to the New America Foundation, right-wing extremists have slain 34 people in the United States for political reasons since 9/11, while terrorists motivated by Al Qaeda’s ideology have killed 21. That’s not to diminish the jihadist threat, but merely to point out that there are others, too.
via splcenter: Bombing Anniversary a Reminder of the Radical Right’s Rage
Erstmals gibt es eine offizielle Bestätigung, dass der Gründer des Ku-Klux-Klans (KKK) in Schwäbisch Hall ein Informant des baden-württembergischen Verfassungsschutzes war. Das Innenministerium hat in einer vertraulichen Unterrichtung des Landtags-Innenausschusses entsprechende Gerüchte bestätigt, die im Juli 2012 im antifaschistischen Magazin „Gamma“ geäußert worden waren. Gemäß dem Vortrag bei den Parlamentariern bespitzelte V-Mann Achim Schmid zwischen 1996 und dem November 2000 für den Inlandsgeheimdienst Neonazis im Südwesten. In dieser Zeit – am 1. Oktober 2000 – gründete er den Haller Ableger des rassistischen KKK. Die Verfassungsschützer schalteten ihren Informanten ab, nachdem dieser die Mitgliedschaft im KKK geleugnet hatte. Zu der Extremistentruppe gehörte 2001/2002 auch der Gruppenführer der 2007 in Heilbronn ermordeten Polizistin Michèle Kiesewetter.