Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Know your Enemy on Domestic Terrorism.KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
Aliases: American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Imperial Klans of America, Knights of the White Kamelia
Base of Operation: United States

Founding Philosophy: The KKK is America's oldest and most infamous racist organization. The Klan has historically targeted any minority group that competes economically with lower-class whites, including Jews, African-Americans,Latinos homosexuals, Catholics, anti-Prohibitionists, and drug dealers. The Klan was born during Reconstruction, the federal government's post-Civil War attempt to dismantle the racist structure of southern society, and from the 1860s to the present the group has been motivated by the feeling that its members' way of life is under attack. Klan members often attempt to defend their lifestyle with violence and terrorist intimidation. The modern Klan's ideology closely resembles that of other racist groups in America. The Klan believes in the teachings of Christian Identity and the existence of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy.

Current Goals: According to the Anti-Defamation League, "Today, there is no such thing as the Ku Klux Klan." (ADL, 338) The modern Klan has fragmented into multiple small, squabbling factions. Young white supremacists consider the Klan to be antiquated and ineffectual. There are three national umbrella groups (Imperial Klans of America, American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and Knights of the White Kamelia), but most Klan groups are independent of these national organizations. Some factions of the Klan have tried to broaden their appeal by softening their racist rhetoric with euphemisms and taking part in community service programs like Adopt-A-Highway.

Adams, Catherine Dee

Aliases: No known aliases

Group: Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
Role: Member

Current Location: Imprisoned
Education (at time of indictment): Some high school
Marital Status (at time of indictment): Married (includes common law if legal)

Gender: Female

Biography: In 1998 Adams, a member of the "Keystone Klan," was sentenced to 15 years in prison for her role in a conspiracy to blow up a Texas gas processing plant. Adams's husband Shawn Adams was also involved in the plot. Judge John McBryde stated that the severity of Adams's sentence was in part due to her expressed willingness to kill children. When scoping out the scene of the planned attack, Adams said, "Oh, there's a few kids that live right over there...But if it has to be, I hate to be that way, but if it has to be..."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The KKK, and other terrorist organizations like it, serve as a reminder of what we as Americans must always be on guard against. The analysis of the ADL is correct, but we have to remember that it was through the efforts of only a few individuals that the KKK grew to have a patronage of millions.

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