- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 10, 2001

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) American hate groups have talked for years about using anthrax to strike at the U.S. government.
But experts who monitor extremists doubt that neo-Nazi, Ku Klux Klan or domestic militia organizations have the scientific know-how or the financial means to carry out the anthrax-by-mail attacks.
"Obviously, we don't know, but we have leaned toward a foreign explanation or a madman with a microbiology degree," said Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala. Some white supremacist, anti-Semitic organizations cheered the September 11 terrorist attacks, finding common cause with the Israel-hating terrorists. They are among the many suspects in the mailing of anthrax-contaminated letters.
Four persons have died of anthrax over the past few weeks. On Wednesday, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said the investigation has not been able to determine if the attacks were the work of domestic criminals or overseas terrorists.
In 1995, Larry Wayne Harris, a microbiologist and reputed white supremacist, was arrested in Ohio with three vials of bubonic-plague toxin he had ordered fraudulently by mail from a supplier in Maryland. He was given 18 months on probation. He wrote "Bacteriological Warfare: A Major Threat to North America," which some regard as a how-to book.
Alexander James Curtis, arrested this year in San Diego on charges of harassing civil leaders and vandalizing two synagogues, published an Internet guide in 2000 called "Biology for Aryans" that described the use of botulism, anthrax and typhoid for terror.


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