Some of the worst U.S. atrocities marked this week include the Oklahoma City bombing — and the deadly shoot-outs at separatist compounds in Waco, Texas, and Idaho’s Ruby Ridge.
This week marks the anniversaries of several domestic atrocities, including the Oklahoma City bombing and the deadly shootouts at separatist compounds in Waco, Texas, and Idaho’s Ruby Ridge.
Terrorism experts say the Boston Marathon bombing may be related.
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“For the skin heads and the Christian Identity people, this country is their worst nightmare right now,” says Daniel Coulson, right, a former FBI agent who oversaw the Oklahoma City bombing investigation.
“I don’t know how you could think anything else,” said Kerry Noble, a former top member of a radical white supremacist group involved in a 4-day armed standoff with 300 federal agents in 1985.
It ended on April 19, the same day and month of the Oklahoma City bombing and the end of sieges at Ruby Ridge in 1992 and Waco in 1993.
The Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was blown up by domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh, who was executed.
“To the movement, anniversary dates are always very symbolic,” Noble, 60, told the Daily News.
Racist militia groups are on the rise , and are stirred up, because of the increased focus on gun control and the fact that a black man lives in the White House.
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Flames engulf the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.
“For the skin heads and the Christian Identity people, this country is their worst nightmare right now,” said Daniel Coulson, a former FBI agent who oversaw the Oklahoma City bombing investigation and is now an international security consultant.
“They all are total racists and we all know the skin color of our President.This is a big issue for them,” Coulson said.
James Ellison, left, and Kerry Noble, leaders of the survivalist group known as the Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord, are shown leaving the court in Hot Springs, Ark., 1985, following their sentencing on federal racketeering and weapons charges.
Noble’s former group, the Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord, was a violent supremacist organization living in the backwoods of Arkansas, with connections to the Aryan Nations and the Ku Klux Klan, when the feds came calling with an arrest warrant for one of its members.
The group had been under surveillance for years — Richard Wayne Snell, one of its leaders, was convicted of shooting to death a black police officer and was sentenced to death. He was executed on the same day the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building blew up.
“We have to be aware that anytime that you have an event during this particular week, law enforcement needs to be especially aware,” Noble said.
Monday’s Boston bombing, which killed three people and injured more than 180 others, took place on Patriot’s Day, a holiday marking early battles of the Revolutionary War.
“To the movement, Patriot’s Day is very important,” said Noble, who has rejected his violent past and now speaks publicly about the dangers of racist militia groups.