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Step off, old man!
Wednesday, 27 October 2004
Pay no attention to that white man....
There's probably as much of a threat from a Timothy McVeigh-style terrorist as there is from Al Quaeda. Of course, when a white supremacist gets nailed in a terror plot, we don't hear much about it, I guess because it doesn't fit into the neat plotline of radical Islamic terrorism. I posted a few months ago about the arrest of a similar white supremacist in Texas. Imagine if either of these guys had an Islamic name. Every station in America would be carrying this story live right now as you read this:

"A McKenzie (TN) man has been charged with attempting to acquire chemical weapons, explosives and weapons of mass destruction with the intent to attack government buildings. Demetrius "Van" Crocker, 39, was characterized by U.S. Attorney Terrell Harris as having "hatred for the government, and anti-Semitic and racist views." Crocker is accused of attempting to obtain Sarin nerve gas and C-4 explosives, according to a federal complaint filed in U.S. District Court on Monday. Crocker was arrested Monday after an undercover federal agent met him in Jackson to deliver fake explosives and what Crocker believed were ingredients for Sarin, considered one of the world's deadliest chemical warfare agents.

His arrest ended a seven-month investigation that began with information provided to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation by officers with the 24th Judicial Drug Task Force. A witness reported to local law enforcement officials that Crocker had inquired about where he could get "nuclear waste and/or nuclear materials," according to the FBI's affidavit for his arrest. Crocker was charged with attempting to obtain chemical weapons; attempting to receive explosives in interstate commerce with the intent to damage and destroy a building and real property; and receiving stolen explosives. He faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted on all charges and fines totaling $750,000. "This is a good example of how important it is for residents in the community to work with law enforcement to address terrorism," said Ken Moore, supervisory senior resident agent for the Jackson FBI office. The witness told the FBI that Crocker "had absolute hatred for the United States government and had made comments in the past to the effect that the country needs to be taken back by the people." According to the arrest affidavit, Crocker met Sept. 16 with an undercover federal agent after being introduced by a witness cooperating with federal authorities. Crocker told the agent he disliked the U.S. government and that "it would be a good thing if somebody could detonate some sort of weapon of mass destruction in Washington, D.C., while both the U.S. Congress and Senate were in session." Crocker also told the agent that he admires Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party ideology, that he has a hatred for Jewish people and believes that establishing a concentration camp for Jewish insurance executives "would be a desirable endeavor." On Sept. 29, the agent again met with Crocker. He asked the agent if he had access to VX, a nerve agent, but the agent told Crocker he could instead obtain Difluoro, a precursor and key component for Sarin. Crocker told the agent he had made mustard gas, a chemical weapon, in the past. Crocker also told the agent that he had also produced nitroglycerin and explained how to use it to construct a booby trap to injure someone. Crocker told the agent he had an AK47 and other assault-type weapons and would be willing to kill law enforcement officers that try to take away his weapons.

On Oct. 7, Crocker met with the agent and gave him $500 cash to obtain Sarin nerve gas or its precursor. On Monday, the agent delivered to Crocker what was represented as a container of Difluoro, but was filled with an inert substance. The agent also delivered to Crocker a block of substance identical to C-4 explosive materials, but was predominantly inert material. McKenzie is located about 40 miles northeast of Jackson.

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