Monday, June 29, 2009

White Supremacists Arrested and Indicted for Arizona Mail Bomb

Federal authorities arrested two long-time white supremacists in northern Illinois for the 2004 bombing of a local government office in Scottsdale, Arizona, in which three people were injured.

On June 25, 2009, authorities charged brothers Dennis and Daniel Mahon with conspiracy to damage buildings and property by explosives, malicious damage of a building by explosives, and distribution of information related to explosives.

On February 26, 2004, a package containing a mail bomb was delivered to Donald Logan, the African-American director of the Office of Diversity and Dialogue in Scottsdale. The office handles complaints from city employees and citizens, including racial and sex discrimination grievances. The small, notebook-sized package exploded as Logan opened it, seriously injuring him.

Logan later required surgery for burns he received on his arms and hands. His secretary, who was standing beside him during the explosion, also required surgery to treat an eye wound. A third employee received minor injuries. The building and a nearby school were evacuated following the blast, which left a 3 and 1/2 inch-wide hole in the victim's desk, and shot shrapnel into the walls, ceiling and floor.

The bombing occurred a few days after more than 200 white supremacists – including Dennis Mahon – attended Aryan Fest 2004, a white power concert and white supremacist event organized by the neo-Nazi group Volksfront at a state park north of Scottsdale.

For more, White Supremacists Arrested for Arizona Mail Bomb

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