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Thursday, July 17, 2003
Which are the following are true stories?
  • An Al Qaeda member had slain a state trooper, engaged police in an armed standoff, and had managed to escape capture and was at large in the countryside.
  • An Al Qaeda sympathizer was arrested for blowing up the mailboxes of Jews who lived in his vicinity and was found with a large arsenal of bombs in his home.
  • A member of Al Qaeda was appointed to the town council of an American city.
Actually, as reported quite thoroughly by David Neiwert at
Orcinus, all of these are true stories. But instead of Al Qaeda members the subjects were (1) an Amercian cop-killing Christian Identity religious terrorist, (2) a New Jersey anti-Semite, and (3) an American white supremacist who routinely denounces cultural diversity, mixed-race couples, homosexuals, Jews and feminists.

Why didn't anyone beyond the local areas hear about these stories? Because the churlish Bush-Ridge variety of "homeland security" involves creating imaginary WMDs and chasing phantoms instead of pursuing tangible threats. And American national news editors, in their self-censoring bovine conformism, reflect the Bush-Ridge editorial bias of "all distractions, all the time."

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