Report: Domestic Terrorism Growing
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ The 1995 Oklahoma City bombing has led to a wave of right-wing terror, an organization that monitors hate groups reported Wednesday.
The Southern Poverty Law Center said the FBI was investigating about 100 domestic terrorism cases before the April 19, 1995, bombing. The FBI is now working on more than 900 such cases, the organization said.
``As we approach the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, we need to remember not just the lives that have been lost, but that extremist and race-based terrorism is on the rise,″ said SPLC co-founder Morris Dees.
The report said the anti-government movement has been fueled by racist religious sects, propaganda forums such as the Internet and the approach of the year 2000, with the Oklahoma City bombing the ``opening shot.″
FBI spokesman Ron Van Vraken in Washington said he could not confirm the number of such cases being investigated but ``I can say there has been an increase″ since Oklahoma City.
The center said the cases during the past three years include plots to bomb buildings and bridges, kill public officials and civil rights figures, invade Army bases, amass illegal weapons and engage in financial scams.