Homegrown terrorists are also still a danger that cannot be overlooked, according to the Feds....
This is not something that should surprise us, with the history of the Oklahoma City bombing, and the news we see of violent and extremist anti-U.S. government groups operating within this country.
The way William Krar was apprehended is a prime example of why the Homeland Security Dept. reminds American citizens to remain vigilant. It was the vigilance of a private citizen that brought about Krar's arrest.
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"When FBI agents raided the home and storage facilities of William Krar in Noonday, a small town in East Texas, two years ago, they stumbled upon a small arsenal. There were about 2 pounds of deadly sodium cyanide, 65 pipe bombs and several remote-control briefcase bombs.
They also recovered more than 500,000 rounds of ammunition and a collection of white supremacist books. If mixed with some of the other chemicals Krar had, the cyanide compound could have created enough poison gas to kill everyone inside a large office building....
In the decade since the 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, local police and federal agents have foiled roughly 60 right-wing extremist terrorist plots, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project.
While homeland security and intelligence officials understandably focus today on terrorism threats from abroad, hate-group experts say the danger from homegrown extremists like Krar, now in federal prison, shouldn't be ignored....
The Southern Poverty Law Center's estimates that 762 extremist right-wing hate groups were active in the United States last year, up slightly from the 751 groups tallied the year before.
Loners. Last April, a strategy paper on domestic and international terrorism threats prepared by the Department of Homeland Security was leaked to the press.
The paper listed radical leftist groups, such as the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front.... The DHS says that its strategy paper wasn't a comprehensive assessment of the risk of domestic terrorism. "We remain concerned about all threats," says Katy Montgomery, a DHS spokeswoman.
Communication between her department and the FBI has improved significantly since 9/11, Montgomery says, and the two agencies frequently issue joint information bulletins to state and local law enforcement agencies....
....the FBI, Cogswell says, considers both left- and right-wing domestic terrorism groups to be serious challenges. " Extremist groups," he says, "are difficult to track." The difficulty is not hard to understand--and sometimes it just takes a bit of luck to stop a violent radical bent on trouble.
Catching Krar, for example, wasn't the result of great detective work. After a package of bogus identification documents he mailed wound up at the wrong address, the unwitting recipient alerted authorities. FBI agents went to the return address Krar had scrawled on the package. As soon as they found the cache of weapons, they slapped the cuffs on him...."