White Supremacist Arrested in MLK Parade Bomb Attempt
Suspect allegedly left explosives along route in Spokane
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2011 4:09 PM CST
This undated file photo provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows a backpack found along the route of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade Jan. 17 in Spokane, Wash.   (AP Photo/FBI, File)

(Newser) – Authorities in Spokane today arrested a 36-year-old man with ties to a white supremacist group in the attempted bombing of the city's MLK parade in January, reports the Spokesman-Review. The suspect is Kevin William Harpham, who served in the Army in 1996 and 1997 and now faces life in prison on charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. He reportedly belongs to the National Alliance. The group was founded by the late William Pierce, author of The Turner Diaries—a novel thought to have inspired Timothy McVeigh.

“What to me this arrest suggests is that the Martin Luther King Day attack is what it always looked like: A terror-mass murder attempt directed at black people and their sympathizers,” the director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project tells the newspaper. Workers found the sophisticated bomb inside a backpack just before the downtown parade was to begin on Jan. 17. Authorities say it had been placed to inflict mass casualties had it gone off.

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realtruth
Mar 10, 2011 4:28 PM CST
So Stop blaming the South already.
saucier111
Mar 10, 2011 3:22 AM CST
fondue,pope urban the2nd sent a army of 65,000 to push back the muslins,in what is now turkey,in 1095that was the start of the crusades.I believe it was cardinal Delagius that wrote pope urban the 2nd for help,he was hoping for maybe 300 night templars.To push back the muslins farmers.But instead got a army of 65,000,and in 1099 Godfrey was the first christian to rule the hollylands,.200 years latter the inquistation evolved from the holly wars.Killing millions of innocent people,How can a sane person believe or be part of this astrositities in the name of religion.
Fondue
Mar 9, 2011 9:33 PM CST
Nothing from the 700 Club. No coverage what so ever on FoxNews or CBN of this man's Christian affiliation.