The Southern Poverty Law Center today denounced the felony charge brought against a Georgia college student by a local sheriff’s department following a decision by federal immigration authorities to release her. The student, Jessica Colotl, was brought to this country as a child by her parents.
Fifteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing, the United States is experiencing an antigovernment climate remarkably similar to the atmosphere that preceded the attack, a Southern Poverty Law Center expert told an audience gathered in Washington, D.C., for a panel discussion and a keynote address by former President Bill Clinton.
April 19 marks the 15th anniversary of the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City - the worst single act of domestic terrorism in our nation's history and a grim reminder of the fruits of right-wing radicalism. The anniversary comes as the antigovernment militia movement is experiencing a resurgence.
Since the SPLC warned the U.S. military about extremist activity among active-duty personnel in 2006, the Pentagon brass has steadfastly denied that a problem existed. Recently, however, the military quietly strengthened its rules to prohibit a range of supremacist activities.
Members of the Hutaree militia in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana were indicted in what authorities described as a plot to murder a police officer, then use explosives to attack other officers at the funeral.