Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Attack on Seattle club New Years Eve reported in local papers; perpetrator apprehended
Some smaller news outlets report a frightening attack at a gay bar in Seattle, shortly after midnight on January 1, 2014 (at a New Years Eve) celebration. The establishment was Neighbours. No one was injured in the attempted arson, according to the story. Police arrested Musab Mohamed Masmari. The Slog Stranger story is here
I recall that there was an incident in New Orleans in 1973 when I was coming out, in which people were injured.
Eric Rudolph (right wing extremist) injured five people with a 1997 explosion at an Atlanta bar and was supposedly (according to Wikipedia) ideologically motivated to use force against abortion and homosexuality, to protect the idea of a (white) “family hearth”. Rudolph is serving life without parole in a supermax prison for various crimes, including a bomb at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
The recent case in Seattle should be prosecuted as a case of domestic terrorism.
My last visit to Seattle was in July 1996. I remember meeting with one of the military ban personalities in a club called the Cadillac.
Wikipedia attribution link for downtown Seattle.