December 30, 2003
The terror threat at home

Bill emailed me to ask if I'd seen this story about William Krar, the man from Noonday, Texas, who recently pled guilty to various charges stemming from a few items he had in his house:

Inside the home and storage facilities of William Krar, investigators found a sodium-cyanide bomb capable of killing thousands, more than a hundred explosives, half a million rounds of ammunition, dozens of illegal weapons, and a mound of white-supremacist and antigovernment literature.

I said I had a passing familiarity with the story and said I'd do some looking into it. Turns out I don't really have to, for David Niewert has been on the case for some time now. As a public service, here are the links to his coverage:

The Wrong Kind Of Terrorist

Why Domestic Terrorism Matters

Cyanide Bombers: An Update

Levitas Weighs In

Armed to the Teeth

Missing the Threat

Marketing Terror

David was scheduled to be on Faux News' The Big Story yesterday, but as of this writing I didn't see anything on that web page from the show, nor has he posted a report yet. I'll check back later and update as needed.

UPDATE: Forgot to mention when I first posted this: I searched the Chron archives and found not one single mention of William Krar. I think that's just pathetic.

UPDATE: Here's the transcript from David Niewert's visit to Faux News. Check out Joe Carter's comment to this post, too.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 30, 2003 to National news | TrackBack

I used to own a small newspaper out in that area near Tyler and can attest that the big city media ignores stories like the Krar case all the time.

For example, the "Republic of Texas" group has been holed up on their compound for years because of warrants out for their arrests. After Waco and Ruby Ridge, though, no one is about to go after them so they sit and wait until Armageddon comes and they can take up arms to overthrow the government. Our paper would check on them from time to time but no one every carried the story statewide.

Such radical groups are allowed to flourish because the big media in the state have no interest in shining a spotlight on them. Until one of the large newspapers steps up and decides to cover the whole state, or at least a large region of it, this type of news will continue to go unreported.

Posted by: Joe Carter on December 31, 2003 9:44 AM