The United States government won't label armed white supremacists groups what they really are: Terrorists. To do so would require the government to apply the same mass surveillance, infiltration and entrapment currently applied to Muslim Americans and their organizations.
|Don Logan (left), was director of Scottsdale's (AZ) Office of Diversity and Dialogue when he was severely injured by a bombing perpetrated by white supremacist terrorist, Dennis Mahon (right)|
A white supremacist's conviction for the bombing of Scottsdale's Office of Diversity and Dialogue, which seriously injured a black city official, should stand, the 9th Circuit ruled Monday.
Dennis Mahon was sentenced in 2012 to 40 years in a federal prison for conspiracy to damage buildings and other real property by means of an explosive and malicious damage of a building by means of an explosive, both charges brought under a federal statute that makes it a crime to damage or destroy a building used in interstate commerce.
Mahon's conviction stems from a Feb. 26, 2004, incident in which Don Logan - the diversity office director and a black man - opened a box addressed to him, triggering a massive pipe bomb explosion that caused severe trauma to his face requiring numerous surgeries and skin grafts to repair.
Two employees nearby were also injured, including one who took shrapnel to an eye. The bomb shattered windows, blew a hole into a countertop, and caused a wall and the ceiling to collapse.
Law enforcement was able to identify Mahon as a suspect because he left a voicemail with the office months before the incident, stating he was "Dennis Mahon of the White Aryan Resistance of Arizona."
"The White Aryan Resistance is growing in Scottsdale. There's a few white people who are standing up. Take care," Mahon's message stated.
Substantial evidence, including forensic, audio, and video, was uncovered over a number of years leading to Mahon's indictment and subsequent conviction.
Mahon appealed, alleging he was improperly convicted under the federal statute because there was insufficient evidence the diversity office participated in interstate commerce.
Writing for a three-judge panel, Ninth Circuit Judge John B. Owens disagreed with Mahon and said a number of legal cases "teach us that a building may qualify per se under section 844(i)'s jurisdictional requirement if it is inherently commercial."
The diversity office, Owens found, regularly took actions that affected interstate commerce.