Investigators in Kaufman County, south of Dallas, are chasing down leads in the death of District Attorney Mike McLelland, including whether he was the latest hit in a white supremacist war on officials.
A friend found the bodies of McLelland, 63, and his wife, Cynthia, inside their home Saturday night. McLelland was shot multiple times with what appeared to be an assault rifle, while his 65-year-old wife was hit only once, according to CBS affiliate KTVT.
Authorities are looking into a link between McLelland’s murder and the assassination of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse on Jan. 31.
McLelland at the time called Hasse’s killers “scum,” and said the violent prison gang, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, could be behind the brazen shooting a block from the county courthouse. Hasse’s death remains unsolved.
“I think it’s obvious,” Dallas attorney Pete Schulte, who knew McLelland, said of a connection.
“There are too many similarities,” he told the Daily News. “Both appear to be execution-style assassinations with very little witness information. We need to know if this a pandemic with elected officials being targeted.” [Source]
I remember how mad right wingnuts got a a few years ago when Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, called them "the biggest threat for domestic terror." After everything that has been taking place of late you really have to wonder why.
"T]he Secretary of Homeland Security owes the American people an explanation for why she has abandoned using the term ‘terrorist’ to describe those, such as al Qaeda, who are plotting overseas to kill innocent Americans, while her own Department is using the same term to describe American citizens who disagree with the direction Washington Democrats are taking our nation. Everyone agrees that the Department should be focused on protecting America, but using such broad-based generalizations about the American people is simply outrageous."
It isn't outrageous if they are killing district attorneys and prison wardens.
I think that if it turns out that those lowlife cretins killed these people in Texas, it is the republicans who owe their poor families an apology.
I say wingnuts and not the actors themselves because the battle for white supremacy can take many forms, the foot soldiers who murder law enforcement officials in cold blood is just a manifestation of this phenomenon at its most base level.
"DHS/I&A has concluded that white supremacist lone wolves pose the most significant domestic terrorist threat because of their low profile and autonomy—separate from any formalized group—which hampers warning efforts..[...]
Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists. DHS/I&A is concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.The report’s findings were congruous with previous studies that indicate right wing extremism is responsible for more instances of violence every year (with the exception of 2001, when the September 11th attacks happened) in the United States than Islamic extremist. It also tracks with the rise of hate groups in the US since 2000.
Sec. Janet Napolitano ended up withdrawing the report and apologizing to veterans who felt they’d been called out, stressing that the threat was limited to a very small number of veterans. "
It might be"a small number of veterans", but unfortunately it's a large number of another group.