Most racist photo accompanying a news story, ever? Plus some support for terrorist groups.

A “staff illustration from the Culpeper Star-Exponent in a story with the title “Law-enforcement officers understand, accept job hazards“:

Wow, a black guy with his arms crossed and his hat cocked to one side.

Not playing to a person’s stereotypes there, that’s for sure.

And there’s the support for terrorist groups (from the same story):

Ironically, [Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office Captain Joe] Watson said, some of the worst terrorism threats can come from home, courtesy of groups like the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front. In their efforts to rid the world of tyranny against animals and the environment, both groups have been accused of involvement in malicious acts and violence worldwide.

“Of course not, these great people aren’t terrorists!”

Gag a damn maggot.

From CNN:

Of particular concern are the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).

John Lewis, the FBI’s deputy assistant director for counterterrorism, said animal and environmental rights extremists have claimed credit for more than 1,200 criminal incidents since 1990. The FBI has 150 pending investigations associated with animal rights or eco-terrorist activities, and ATF officials say they have opened 58 investigations in the past six years related to violence attributed to the ELF and ALF.

[…]

The ELF has been linked to fires set at sport utility vehicle dealerships and construction sites in various states, while the ALF has been blamed for arson and bombings against animal research labs and the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry.

No deaths have been blamed on attacks by those groups so far, but the attacks have increased in frequency and size, said Lewis.

“Plainly, I think we’re lucky. Once you set one of these fires they can go way out of control,” Lewis said.

ATF Deputy Assistant Director Carson Carroll agreed with Lewis’ assessment.

“The most worrisome trend to law enforcement and private industry alike has been the increase in willingness by these movements to resort to the use of incendiary and explosive devices,” he said.

And from the Department of Justice:

Eleven defendants have been indicted on charges including arson and destruction of an energy facility for allegedly participating in a campaign of domestic terrorism in five western states on behalf of the extremist Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) movements, the Justice Department announced today.

The 65-count indictment, returned by a federal grand jury in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, alleges that the defendants committed acts of domestic terrorism in Oregon, Wyoming, Washington, California, and Colorado from 1996 through 2001. Specifically, the indictment includes the charges of conspiracy to commit arson; conspiracy; arson; attempted arson; use and possession of a destructive device; and destruction of an energy facility.

[…]

The indictment alleges that the group committed arsons with improvised incendiary devices made from milk jugs, petroleum products and homemade timers in a series of attacks in the five states. The targets of these attacks included U.S. Forest Service ranger stations, Bureau of Land Management wild horse facilities, meat processing companies, lumber companies, a high-tension power line, and a ski facility in Colorado. The indictment alleges that the group claimed to be acting on behalf of ALF and ELF.

Bravo, Star-Exponent, bravo.

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