Friday, March 11, 2011

In case you missed it: member of Pearce-associated group arrested for atttempted bombing of MLK Day parade

In January, someone planted a shrapnel-filled pipe bomb along the planned route of a parade commemorating Martin Luther King Day.  The device was discovered by parade workers (you know, some of the public employees that are under such a virulent attack by Koch-fueled Republicans) and defused before it could harm any parade-goers.

This week, an arrest was made in the case.  One Kevin Harpham was arrested for  illegal possession of an explosive device and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

As the Southern Poverty Law Center reports, as recently as late 2004, Harpham was a member of the neo-Nazi/white supremacist group National Alliance.  Because of the secretive nature of such organizations, so far it is unclear how long Harpham was a member before that time, or if he still is a member.

As recently at fall 2006, Russell Pearce, then a state representative, now president of the Arizona State Senate, campaigned for reelection by forwarding emails from...wait for it...

National Alliance.

Of course.

2 comments:

Renée said...

Apparently Arizona is the new Louisiana. And since neo-Nazi tendencies weren't the specific transgression that brought down David Duke - alas, help us, Lord: Americans are apparently okay with neo-Nazi tendencies - I'm thinking people will give Pearce a pass. Maybe undiscovered tax fraud is in Pearce's future?

Mistress Liann said...

The employees were Labor Ready temps, subsequently fired for their actions of trying to steal an unattended backpack.