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MLK Bomb Finders Fired For Troubles

The three men who were hailed as heroes by Spokane’s mayor and police chief for finding a bomb and reporting it to police say they lost their jobs for their actions that day. The three men were employed by Labor Ready and working under contract for the Spokane Public Facilities District on Jan. 17, when they came upon a backpack and discovered the bomb that was placed along the route of the annual march commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. The names of the men had been withheld since the incident even as high-profile leaders labeled them heroes. Kevin Twohig, CEO of the district, said they didn’t want to disclose their names until a bomber had been arrested to protect their safety. Twohig released the names on Thursday. They are Mark Steiner, Brandon Klaus and Sherman Welpton/Jonathan Brunt, SR. More here.

Question: What would you like to say to the guy(s) who fired these three heroes?

FBI Arrest Racist In MLK Bomb Try

FBI agents cross the bridge on 12 Mile Road during their investigation of Kevin Harpham earlier today, near Addy, Wash. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

An ex-soldier with ties to the white supremacist movement has been taken into custody in connection with the planting of a backpack bomb along the planned route of the Martin Luther King Jr. march in downtown Spokane, authorities have confirmed. Kevin William Harpham, 36, of Colville, could face life imprisonment on charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered explosive device, according to documents on file in U.S. District Court. An initial court appearance is scheduled for this afternoon. Harpham was arrested this morning during a raid at his home near Addy, Wash., by dozens of federal agents who had been assembling in Spokane during the past few days. The Southern Poverty Law Center confirmed that Harpham in 2004 was a member of the National Alliance, which is one of the most visible white supremacist organizations in the nation/Thomas Clouse, SR. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that the alleged suspect is from the Inland Northwest?

Aryan Nations Denounce Bombing Try

The Aryan Nations sent out a video press release this weekend that states the organization had nothing to do with the attempted bombing in Downtown Spokane last week.Pastor Morris Gullet, who says he’s the World Leader of The Aryan Nations, speaks in the nearly six minute video and denies the organization’s involvement in the attempted bombing.“We condemn that, we do not condone it, any of our members who are known to be caught up in this type of activity will no longer be members of The Aryan Nations,” Gullet said. He went on to say that Martin Luther King was a sexual degenerate, a liar and plagiarist.The website says the racist organization is now based in Calhoun, Louisiana/Erik Loney, KXLY. More here.

  • Phaedrus: “I'm disappointed that you are playing into the Aryan's ploy of spreading their propaganda via your website under the guise of news reporting. Report his offensive denunciation, but don';t give him free media.”

Question: Our good friend Phaedrus is disappointed that I've made the KXLY video available here? What do you think?

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