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Monday, November 30, 2009


Another right-wing terrorist ignored by the media

A few days ago, a man in Ohio was arrested following an explosion in his apartment, after which police discovered "about 35 pipe bombs, an assortment of firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition." In the intervening days, as far as I can tell (from my own watching), there has been zero coverage of this event in the national news. The news was carried by AP (link above), but wasn't "important" enough to make, for example, the San Jose Mercury News which is what I read in print.

And really, why should it? The AP repeatedly emphasizes that the suspect has "a history of substance abuse" and "suffered from major depression, alcohol dependency, and drug abuse." You'd have to read the local press to learn the real story:

Barbara Vachon lived next door to Campano at the Center Park Place Apartments for several years and said he was a big reason she moved.

"He was always trying to get me and another neighbor to listen to anti-government tapes and watch anti-government videos," said Vachon. "I would never watch them. He was some kind of radical, and he didn't believe in the government."
Just another right-wing terrorist. Nothing to get worked up about. Thought-crimes from "aspirational" Muslim terrorists who haven't taken a single action and were more likely than not goaded into even whatever "aspirations" they expressed by an agent provocateur? National news. Actual crimes by very real right-wing terrorists who need no provoking whatsoever to take action? Crickets.

Update: For those who don't click on that last link, what are we talking about? Just Santiago Alvarez and Osvaldo Mitat who were caught in Florida with dozens of machine guns, rifles, C-4 explosive, dynamite, detonators, a grenade launcher and ammunition, and Robert Ferro, a Southern California man who had amassed a cache consisting of 1,600 firearms, including 35 machine guns, 130 silencers and two short-barreled rifles, along with a hand grenade, military rocket-launcher tube, and grenade parts, not to mention 89,000 rounds of ammunition! Two sets of right-wing terrorists (anti-Cuban terrorists in these cases), neither of whose cases made the national news (the Ferro case didn't even make the L.A. Times!).

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