Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Civility - and an IED for a Martin Luther King Day parade in Seattle Spokane

MSNBC reports FBI: Bomb found on MLK march route 01/18/2011. Rob Kauder also reports on the discovery for KXLY.com in Device Found Along MLK Parade Route Credible Threat 01/18/2011. This was in Spokane, Washington. Several news outlets are carrying a story by Nicholas Geranios of AP quoting an anonymous "official" who is "familiar with the investigation" as saying that the device, a bomb with remote-control detonation, was a particularly sophisticated one.

Our press and politicians need to start calling this stuff what it is, domestic terrorism. According to the MSNBC report, at least the FBI is doing so. And if the goal of the bombers was to blow up people on an MLK Day parade, it was a "political" act, no matter what kind of mental conditions the wanna-be killers may be suffering from.

No suspects are reported as of this writing. But I'm going to take a wild guess and say it was probably not leftwing radicals planting an IED on the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade.

Whoever this turns out to be behind this - and news consumers should always remember in cases like this that the FBI's first reports on these things are anything but gospel truth - our main domestic terrorism problem right now is rightwingers trying to murder people. And too often succeeding, as they did in Tucscon.

Meanwhile, Dave Neiwert reports Right-wingers want to make Obama's message in Tucson into vindication for their hatemongering C&L 01/18/2011. I know I'm very much in the minority on this, even among Democratic progressives, so far as I can tell. But if Obama's speech in Tucson didn't shame and piss off the rightwing hatemongers at a time when the main domestic terrorism problem that was on display in Tucson this month is rightwing fanatics killing people, then I don't think the President's speech did the main thing it needed to do.

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