Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Terrorists "R" Us?
Yesterday on "Fresh Air" Terry Gross interviewed Richard Clarke on the growing "Cyberwar" threat. Richard Clarke served as a counterterrorism adviser to Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Clarke now heads a security consulting firm in Virginia and is a contributor to ABC News. He also teaches at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
At the conclusion of the program, Gross noted that her interview was occurring on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombings; while in 1993, The Branch Davidian Compound near Waco, Texas, was destroyed in a fire after 51-day stand-off; and that in 1775 the American Revolution began in Lexington Common, with the shot "heard round the world."
"It is also the day that was chosen for a pro-gun, pro-second ammendment march in Washington, D.C., and another march in Virginia, and in the Virginia march, marchers have been encouraged to bring their guns." Gross continued. "Now ..as somebody who has worked a lot in counterterrorism, what do you think of a progun march being held on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing?"
Clarke responded: "Throughout our history we have had right wing people who say they don’t like the U.S. government, they want to take down the U.S. government, they think violence against the U.S. Government is okay; and since the election of Barak Obama these people have grown in volume, and I think they have grown in number.
We have to remember when we worry about Al Quaeda and foreign threats that one of the biggest—certainly the second largest and second most destructive terrorist attack in our history-- inside our borders-- was was done by these people, American right wing people, extreme right wing people, anti-government, violent people. I think the United States today has a serious threat from those people, because legitimate public officials are egging them on, and legitimate public officials who are conservative, and who are Republican, aren’t criticizing them; or aren’t criticizing them enough. We need to de-legitimatize these people, or we will have another Oklahoma city."
Listen to the entire interview here