30 July 2008

Adkisson: American Terrorist Update

The public should be clamoring to read the four-page letter that alleged murderer Jim D. Adkisson reportedly left behind in his SUV when he entered a Knoxville Unitarian Universalist church to shoot it up. According to police accounts of the letter, it apparently states Adkisson's clear intention to kill liberals.Even a second-hand statement is pretty disturbing:

Adkisson "stated that he had targeted the church because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country, and that he felt that the Democrats had tied his country's hands in the war on terror and they had ruined every institution in America with the aid of the major media outlets," Investigator Steve Still wrote.

If the police accounts are accurate, no one should question further whether Adkisson ought to be called a terrorist. Perhaps the political context of the letter is why it's being withheld, as compared to the rapid release of Seung-hui Cho's documents, which showed the Virginia Tech murderer to be a narcissistic nihilist. The public outcry over the Cho broadcasts may be holding back release of Adkisson's letter, on the premise that mass shooters want publicity, and that every shooter thus publicized (or "glorified") inspires another. The fact that Adkisson is alive in a cell, and that his letter will probably serve as evidence against him in a trial, may also be a factor. But I wonder whether there isn't also a reluctance on someone's part to lay bare a genuine specimen of authentically lethal "conservative" hatred and belie the oft-heard conservative claim that they don't hate the way liberals and leftists do. I also wonder whether Adkisson's body count was too low to sustain the news media's interest in the story -- but you'd think that a "liberal media" would eagerly use this story for propaganda purposes, to hint that all conservatives are guilty by association of murder. For whatever reason, the story isn't getting as much coverage as it probably deserves, and you don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to wonder why.

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