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ATF Investigates Firebombing of Local GOP Headquarters in North Carolina

GOP elephantBy Steve Neavling

The ATF is investigating the fire-bombing of a local Republican Party office in North Carolina after someone spray-painted anti-GOP rhetoric on a nearby wall early Sunday morning.

Investigators said a molotov cocktail was tossed through a window of the Orange County Republican Party headquarters overnight, causing a fire that damaged the interior of the building before burning out, the Associated Press reports. 

Campaign signs, a sofa and the walls were burned.

On an adjacent building was graffiti that read, “Nazi Republicans leave town or else.”

“They are working around the clock. It is a miracle that nobody was killed,” state GOP executive director Dallas Woodhouse said in an interview, calling the fire “political terrorism.”

Hillary Clinton responded on Twitter that the firebombing “is horrific and unacceptable. Very grateful that everyone is safe.”

Donald Trump tweeted, “Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning.”

FBI Joins Probe of Racist Graffiti at Church, Election Polling Location

Steve Neavling

 The FBI has joined an investigation into racist graffiti spray-painted on a suburban Detroit church that also was serving as an Election Day poling place, the Associated Press reports.

Bishop-Elect James Richard Evans Sr. said he believes the graffiti, which included an anti-black slur, was intended to intimidate voters.

Racial problems are nothing new in Mt. Clemens, where many African Americans are moving to escape high crime in Detroit.

The AP wrote that FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Eberle spoke about racial equality to an audience of about 100 at the church.

Threatening Graffiti Targeting DEA Found in Mexico

By Allan Lengel

A sign of the ongoing hostile feelings of Mexican drug gangs toward the DEA surfaced last week.

The New York Daily News reports that a Mexican drug gang spray-painted a message Friday near a school in Chihuahua, about 220 miles from the U.S. border:

“Gringos (D.E.A.), We know where you are and we know who you are and where you go. We are going to chop your [expletive] heads.”

Officials did not immediately comment on the message, the Daily News reported.

The Daily News reported that the message was discovered the same day Mexican marines battled suspected members of the Zeta drug cartel, and killed 15 cartel suspects. Six marines were injured.

The Daily News reported that on Texas authorities over the weekend urged Americans not to cross into the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo because they had info the Zetas could be targeting Americans.

“According to the information we have received, the Zetas are planning a possible surge in criminal activity, such as robberies, extortions, car-jackings and vehicle theft, specifically against U.S. citizens,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a statement, according to the Daily News.

FBI Investigating Vandalism at Phoenix Mosque Under Construction

phoenix-mapBy Allan Lengel

The anti-Islam sentiment, triggered by the planned mosque in New York near ground zero, appears to be spreading around the country.

The FBI is investigating vandalism that occurred at a mosque under construction in Phoenix a few weeks ago, the Associated Press reports. The vandalism included broken glass and graffiti.

The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked the FBI to investigate the matter, AP reported.

FBI in Calif. Looks into Anti-Arab Hate Crime That Ends in Death

hate-photo-of-handThere’s not much that can be said about the ugliness of hate crimes. It’s one thing to spout ignorant, hateful words, but it’s another thing when it results in death.

By David Kelly
Los Angeles Times
YERMO, Calif. — Hadie Mohd last saw his father as he headed out to the family’s vacated home to paint over anti-Arab and white supremacist graffiti scrawled across the walls inside.

“He said he would be back before sundown,” Mohd said. “And he always kept his word.”

But when sundown came, Ali Abdelhadi Mohd had not returned. About 9:45 p.m. on June 27, neighbors in this scruffy high-desert town heard an explosion they said sounded like a sonic boom. Flames engulfed the single-story home. When firefighters arrived, they found a horribly burned Mohd dead among the ruins.

“We can only hope he died quickly,” Hadie Mohd said as he picked his way through the gray ashes and blackened appliances at the house Thursday. “It gives us peace to think that.”

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