In August 2009, a federal judge ruled that white supremacist Daniel Mahon must remain in custody on charges stemming from a 2004 bombing of a local government office in Scottsdale, Arizona, in which three people were injured. Federal prosecutors successfully appealed an Illinois judge’s decision in July to release Daniel Mahon on a $50,000 cash bond.
Daniel’s twin brother Dennis, also a white supremacist, is being held without bond on charges relating to the 2004 bombing incident. Specifically, both brothers are charged 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.
Prior to the arrest, Dennis Mahon kept a low profile in the early 2000s. He surfaced briefly, though, in the form of a short letter published in the Winter 2007/2008 issue of the Alarming Cry, a racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant newspaper. In addition to an enclosed donation to the newspaper, Mahon announced a new Davis Junction, Illinois address.
A 2005 news article quoted Mahon explaining how the militia movement went underground and the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan “completely collapsed” after the Oklahoma City bombing. Projecting about future activity and commenting on the goals of the movements, Mahon stated, “There’ll be a time when we can go ahead and go with leadership movements. But right now, I think it’s just we all want to overthrow the government and get a state of our own.” Mahon went on to offer advice about how to achieve these goals: “It’s called small cells and lone wolfism.”
In February 2004, Mahon attended Aryan Fest in Phoenix, Arizona, a white power music festival and gathering sponsored by Volksfront, a neo-Nazi group. The event attracted members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi skinheads, and representatives from other extremist groups.
During conversations at Aryan Fest, Mahon reportedly promoted violent, terrorist activity, specifically “nuk[ing] D.C.” According to a media account of the event, Mahon stated, “You nuke D.C., you're going to wipe out most of the politicians, plus a couple million crack-head niggers…It’s a win-win…And I think it’s the only way, I really do. Terrorism works. We did a lot of terrorism in Tulsa in the 1980s. We put heads in the road, and people paid attention.”
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