Monday, August 1, 2005

Tennessee man planned bombing of Hispanics

The Associated Press reported on a recent indictment of a Tennessee man charged with planning to bomb Hispanic victims:

"Organized hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan have historically terrorized blacks and Jews in the Southeast. But the recent influx of Hispanic immigrants to the region has given hate groups a new target, and officials say Hispanics are increasingly targets of hate crimes."

"Former Klansman Daniel Schertz, 27, from the southeast Tennessee town of South Pittsburg, was indicted in June on charges of building pipe bombs to kill Hispanic immigrants."

"Imperial Wizard Billy Jeffery of the North Georgia White Knights denied any connection to the bomb plot and said he banished Schertz from the group, but he readily admits he isn't happy with the flow of immigrants to the region."

"The Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report counted 762 active hate groups in the United States in 2004. South Carolina had the most, 47, and Tennessee had the most Klan chapters, 13."

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