A ruling may come today on a request for a “gag” order in the mailbox bombing case. Luke Helder’s attorney Jane Kelly wants the order to prevent information that isn’t public from getting out. Kelly is worried all the publicity over Luke Helder’s case will hurt his chances of getting a fair trial. One expert says we should expect to see more acts of domestic terrorism. Joachim Savelsberg is a professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. He says for many people, the changing society means more strains and insecurities. He says some people respond with violence, and he says we may have to brace ourselves for more cases in the future.In the letters Helder allegedly left in mailboxes along with the bombs, he denounced the power of the government. Savelsberg says those who respond with violence, often seek a scapegoat. While that may be the “western world” in Arab nations, in the U-S, the government is often perceived as the enemy.While Helder was not a part of any organized anti-government group, there is still such a movement out there. In the year 2000, there were 194 so-called “Patriot” groups that were active, including at least one in Iowa.
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