Texas couple had arsenal capable of killing thousands
by Julian Borger
Three Americans are due to be sentenced next month for their involvement in
a plot to explode a cyanide bomb capable of killing thousands of people, . . .
The conspirators - rightwing extremists who were caught with forged identity
passes to the United Nations and the Pentagon, and a variety of racist and
anti-government pamphlets . . .
The plot was uncovered by accident in early 2002 when Krar and his partner,
Judith Bruey, posted a package to a third conspirator, Edward Feltus, a
member of a rightwing group called the New Jersey militia. . . .
When investigators searched a storeroom rented by Krar and Bruey in Noonday,
100 miles east of Dallas, they found half a million rounds of ammunition, 65
pipebombs and briefcases that could be detonated by remote control, as well
as 800g of almost pure sodium cyanide. . . .
"It was clearly one of the most lethal arsenals associated with the US
paramilitary right in the past 20 years," said Daniel Levitas, the author of
a book on rightwing extremism, The Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement
and the Radical Right.
It is, however, far from an isolated incident. Mark Potok, who keeps tabs on
hate groups at the Southern Poverty Law Centre in Alabama, says up to 40
major conspiracies involving domestic terrorism have been uncovered since
the 1995 Oklahoma attack by a rightwing war veteran, Timothy McVeigh, which
killed 168 people.
[Critics of the Bush administration say federal officials and the mainstream
media are suffering from tunnel vision - that they are so focused on
international threats that they have failed to give sufficient attention to
threats at home.
At most, the critics say, increased attention to this case could have
brought more answers. At the least, they say, if the defendants in this case
had been people with foreign background, or Muslims, Attorney General John
Ashcroft himself would have announced the arrests and the guilty pleas.
Instead, details of the case were revealed in a half-page press release sent
to local media. Officials say the case at one point was included in
President Bush's daily security briefings, but it remains virtually unknown
outside East Texas - even though, critics note, it represents an instance
when federal authorities actually discovered a weapon of mass
destruction.--Scott Gold, "Possible domestic terror plot foiled; critics
decry lack of official interest," Seattle Times, January 09, 2004]
[A raid in April found nearly two pounds of a cyanide compound and other
chemicals that could create enough poisonous gas to kill everyone inside a
space as large as a big-chain bookstore or a small-town civic center.
Authorities also discovered nearly half a million rounds of ammunition, more
than 60 pipe bombs, machine guns, silencers and remote-controlled bombs
disguised as briefcases, plus pamphlets on how to make chemical weapons, and
anti-Semitic, anti-black and anti-government books.--"Cyanide, arsenal stirs domestic terror fear,"
Associated Press, January 30, 2004]
[A man who stockpiled machine guns, bombs and enough cyanide to kill
everyone inside a building the size of a small-town civic center was
sentenced Tuesday to more than 11 years in prison.--"Man with
huge weapons cache sentenced to 11 years," Associated Press, May 4, 2004]
[A FORMER British National Party member has been accused of possessing the
largest amount of chemical explosives of its type ever found in the
country.--Paul de Rooij, "Ex-BNP man faces
EXPLOSIVES charge," mpacuk.org, October 5, 2006]
[Searches in Georgia on July 2 and in his Dodge Durango in Tennessee the
next day turned up a dozen live pipe bombs, military C-4 explosive material,
improvised grenade fuses, 58 guns - including handguns, rifles and machine
guns - and four live grenades containing nails and BBs, according to search
warrants and court documents filed in Collier County Circuit Court.--
Aisling Swift, "Naples man faces
felony bomb-making charges," naplesnews.com, July 31, 2007]
[Investigators disrupted an improbable plan to assassinate Sen. Barack Obama
and kill 102 other African Americans in a spree fueled by white supremacist
ideology, officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said
yesterday.--Carrie Johnson, "ATF Says Racists Plotted to Kill Obama,"
Washington Post, October 28, 2008]
[Right-wing extremists in the United States are gaining new recruits by
exploiting fears about the economy and the election of the first black
president, the Department of Homeland Security has warned in a new
'pose new threat to US'," Telegraph, April 15, 2009]
[White terrorism is not a concept the US takes seriously.
When Clay Duke, a white male, threatened Florida school board members with a
gun and shot at them before shooting himself, in December 2010, he was
When Michael Enright, a white male, was arrested for slashing the throat of
a Muslim NYC cab driver in August of 2010, his friends said he had a
When Byron Williams, a white male, was arrested after opening fire on police
officers and admitted he was on his way to kill people at offices of a
liberal foundation and a civil liberties organization, in July 2010, he was
an unemployed right wing felon with a drinking problem.
[The FBI has listed Sovereign
Citizens as a domestic terrorist organization. The Southern Poverty Law
Center, which also tracks the group, estimates the sect numbers more than
300,000 nationwide.--Tammy Joyner, "FBI: 'Sovereign citizen' cases on the rise," Atlanta
Journal-Constitution, March 7, 2011]
["After these killings in Nevada, and the murders at a Jewish
community center in Kansas, and the murders at a Sikh temple in
Wisconsin, and multiple murders by members of the 'sovereign
citizens' movement in the last few years, it's worth remembering
that since 9/11, right-wing terrorism has killed many more
Americans than al Qaeda terrorism," Paul Waldman writes in the
Washington Post.--Conor Friedersdorf, "If the Las Vegas Killers Were Muslims We'd Call
Them Terrorists, theatlantic.com, June 10, 2014]