THOSE SCARY ENVIROS II. After I posted yesterday's item on Maryland's non-existent eco-terrorists, I received an e-mail from Media Log reader C.M., who pointed me to this mind-blowing story that ran in the Anchorage Daily News on September 12, 2001.
At a moment when all of us were trying to figure out what had just happened, Republican congressman Don Young, of Alaska, had a possible answer. Liz Ruskin reported:
Young warned against rushing to the conclusion that Middle Eastern terrorists were responsible. There's some possibility, he said, that the attacks are linked to the protests against the World Trade Organization, another of which is scheduled for later this month in Washington, D.C.
"If you watched what happened [at past protests] in Genoa, in Italy, and even in Seattle, there's some expertise in that field," Young said. "I'm not sure they're that dedicated but eco-terrorists - which are really based in Seattle - there's a strong possibility that could be one of the groups."
Young issued a written statement the following day, but declined the opportunity to repeat the nutty remarks he'd made to the News.