Domestic hate groups, not Islamic fundamentalists, may be the source of the recent anthrax attacks.
“Top FBI and CIA officials believe that the anthrax attacks on Washington, New York and Florida are likely the work of one or more extremists in the United States who are probably not connected to Osama bin Laden’s al Queda terrorist organization,” according to the Washington Post.
The Guardian, a British newspaper, reported that “Neo-Nazi extremists within the US are behind the deadly wave of anthrax attacks against America, according to latest briefings from the security services and Justice Department.”
Survival and militant hate groups support other groups who war against the government, the Guardian article said.
According to the Guardian, the Aryan Action Web site praised the Sept. 11 attacks, saying, “Either you’re fighting with the Jews against al-Qaeda or you support al-Qaeda fighting against the Jews.”
Billy Roper, a Neo-Nazi leader, posted a Web site message on Sept. 11 that read, “Anyone who is willing to drive a plane into a building to kill Jews is all right by me. I wish our members had half as much testicular fortitude.”
“We may not want them marrying our daughters, just as they would not want us marrying theirs,” Roper wrote on the site. “We may not want them in our societies, just as they would not want us in theirs. The enemy of our enemy is, for now at least, our friend.”
In Europe, links between Neo-Nazi groups and Arab extremists are common, according to the Guardian.
Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center said Neo-Nazis and Islamic militants “see the same enemy: American culture and multiculturalism.”
Robert Parham is BCE’s executive director.