03/09/2005: Extremely Too Close for Comfort
Home Grown Extremists...right in my figurative backyard...
Nicholas Kristof (NY Times) writes about his "luncheon" in Peoria, Illinois (State Prison) with Matthew Hale in this piece Homegrown Osamas:
"Before the "Rev. Dr." Matt Hale, the white racist leader, was arrested for seeking the murder of a federal judge, and long before the judge returned home last week to find her husband and mother murdered, I had lunch with him.
Mr. Hale, who is smart, articulate and malignant, ranted about "race betrayers" as he picked at his fruit salad: "Interracial marriage is against nature. It's a form of bestiality."
"Oh?" I replied. "Incidentally, my wife is Chinese-American."
There was an awkward silence.
Mr. Hale was convicted last year of soliciting the murder of Federal District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow. Now the police are investigating whether there is any link between Mr. Hale or his followers and the murders. Some white supremacists celebrated the killings, but Mr. Hale has strongly denied any involvement.
The possibility that extremists carried out the murders for revenge or intimidation sends a chill through our judicial system, because it would then constitute an assault on our judiciary itself. Throughout U.S. history, only three federal judges have been murdered, but all three murders occurred after 1978 and all at their homes..."
Karen on 03.09.05 @ 07:42 AM CST