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Spokane Bombing Arrest Details Emerge

By Mark Potok on March 9, 2011 - 3:25 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi

Officials have just identified the suspect arrested in connection with the attempted Martin Luther King Jr. Day bombing in Spokane, Wash., as 36-year-old Kevin William Harpham. Harpham was charged federally with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and receiving and possessing an improvised explosive device.

Harpham was a member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance in late 2004. It was not known when Harpham joined or if he was still a member. The National Alliance was one of the most prominent hate groups in America for decades, but has fallen on hard times since the 2002 death of its founder, William Pierce. Pierce is the author of The Turner Diaries, a race war novel often referred to as the Bible of the radical right.

Our research indicates that Harpham was apparently in the military in 1996-97, when records suggest he was part of the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Lewis, Wash. The SPLC reported in 2006 that Fort Lewis was one of several military installations with a concentration of secret extremist members.

KXLY-TV reported earlier today that law enforcement officials were executing a search warrant at a home in Addy, where Harpham was said to live.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Gliebe probably couldn’t even scratch together enough money to visit England.

  • Difluroroethene

    Erich Gliebe is currently banned from entering the United Kingdom (along with the Phelpses, Mike Guzofsky, Michael Savage, etc.)

  • Jim

    “Pastor” Pete Peters has had meetings at the Arden Community Hall, about 5 miles from where Kevin Harpham lives, for about 3 years now and on average, about 80 – 120 people have faithfully attended, every three months. Look up “Pastor” Pete Peters on the Internet and you will find that he is one of the most influential “preachers” nationally on the Christian Identity appears that his flock is growing in Stevens County and maybe another one got caught in the barbed wire..and the rest of the flock is watching from that slippery slope??

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Why won’t white conservatives publicly condemn these bombings????!!!

  • Leisah Bluespruce

    I really think that white people aren’t doing enough to stop domestic terrorism. Congress should have some hearings

  • donald

    Right or left radicals are just wrong. I’m sure that many folks outrage to this is just for that reason alone. The individual is responsible and an emotional outcry should be “what can I do to help?” To blame others just puts us all in the extremist playground of stupidity with nothing ever getting done. Just a question- was Harry Reid close by?– Or Sarah Palin. Tea Party Card? Or someone from Arizona? Given enough time I’m sure we will find someone to blame besides the person who did it.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Simple. Neo-Nazis recruit from the Tea Party because they are more politically consistent and thus able to manipulate angry white people. They have been intermingling with Tea Party groups for some time now.

  • Melody

    Neither side wants to focus on this incident because it would inspire to many others. As a nation we now face leaderless resistance which is like a fungus that feeds on unfortunate circumstances we must all work together to get through.

  • Pekoe

    Nazi, National Socialist Party. What does that have to do with the tea party?

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    I figured that cash cow had been sucked dry years ago. I wonder who the bitter-enders are.

  • Hatewatch

    Ruslan, there still are National Alliance members around, but very, very few. Gliebe is still the group’s chairman, but he doesn’t live at the compound in West Virginia and it seems as though the major activity the NA engages in is posting on their websites.

  • Shannon

    This is not representative of Spokane. We are open-minded, tolerant, and against any forms of violence and hate crimes. I hope the rest of the country knows that.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Are you saying there are STILL members of the National Alliance around? Hell I thought even their chairman, Gliebe, quit.

  • mitch

    The National Alliance is sponsoring an Adopt-a-highway clean up here in Snohomish County, WA. If you’ve got garbage, I’ll tell you where to put it.

  • Mike Magruder

    The Kamikazes aren’t that difficult to identify. But how to get a clearer focus on the “Emperor”? We need more spies in “Black Dragon”.

  • Margot

    This has been one of the most under-reported stories in the media and should have been seen as a terrorist act. I thank you for your continued good work and watchful eye on hate groups. It’s like battling the Hydra – we can’t ever give up. I heard of this story on Rachel Maddow and she has kept up with it as time permitted. Could you send a posting of your reporting to MaddowBlog at
    They have some information but the Madison WI et. al. story is keeping the broadcast entity extremely busy. Glad to know this guy is not longer on the loose.

  • tony

    I live in Spokane and there are many veterans here including myself that are not extremists. Stevens county is just north of us and I would suggest that its due more to high unemployment than being ex military.


    This is no surprise. I will also not be surprised to find out that this was not just a lone wolf scenario.

  • Hedd Wyn

    So, where is Representative Peter King. Surely this merits a House inquiry? What, no in-depth look into seeing whether the radical right is churning out terrorists?

  • Tamra

    LOL @ tea party card. I wouldn’t doubt it, but sounds like this guy was too stupid to care about “govt” (the teaparty pretense) and just wanted to kill for ideology. but I bet he adored Palin to death. you betcha!!

  • Regina 1959

    Thanks bonncaruso! The tea party here doesn’t have cards (at least the one and only one I attended last summer). They were so pre-occupied with Glenn Beck’s rhetoric, it made me sick to think they actually believed Beck’s lies and rants. I’m in a small town, so some already knew I wasn’t a Republican. However, the spokesperson gave us the benefit of the doubt, “maybe they have come to hear the truth”.

  • Pickwick

    I’m betting on a computer full of links to birther sites.

  • bonncaruso

    Well, once the police go through all of his stuff, I am sure they will find his Tea Party card as well.

  • Bob

    The FBI was right in keeping an eye out for returning vets with suspicious backgrounds…..The republican “outrage” was nothing more than an attempt by them to pander for the veteran’s votes….

  • Brad

    Remember when the Right blew a gasket when the FBI said they were keeping a watch on returning veterans because there were reports some of them were joining extremist groups?