FBI intentionally withheld info from US White Nationalist Terrorist Suspect
Harpham’s bomb at the MLK day parade was full of projectiles, warfarin rat poison, and contained a plate to shape the charge into the crowd. Horror in this case was averted by the diligence of the FBI an local law enforcement.
Harpham, 37, who has extensive ties to white supremacist groups, has pleaded not guilty to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, committing a hate crime and other charges. He could face life in prison if convicted.
The bomb was found by authorities and defused before it could explode.
At a hearing Thursday, prosecutors revealed that Harpham took photographs of himself at the Jan. 17 march, as well as photos of black children and a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke.
Later in the hearing, Quackenbush closed the courtroom to media and spectators, and attorneys called two FBI agents to testify about the initial hours of Harpham’s detention after his arrest on March 9.
Court testimony indicated that agents did not immediately give Harpham his Miranda warnings, including his right to remain silent, the documents indicated.
FBI agent Joseph Cleary said agents were trying to win the trust of Harpham.
“Agent Cleary acknowledged that with this procedure the agents hoped Harpham would give a statement and confess to an offense, which he did not,” the documents said.