November 26, 2002

A READER WONDERS WHY THIS STORY ISN’T GETTING MORE ATTENTION:

A 23-year-old man opposed to “police-state tactics” was captured in a hotel Tuesday as people in California flocked to a memorial service for a police officer he apparently admitted killing. . . .

Red Bluff, Calif., police officer David Mobilio, 31, was shot once in the head on Nov. 19 as he was refueling his cruiser. A man identifying himself as Andrew McCrae claimed responsibility in a posting Monday to a Web site for San Francisco news, www.sf.indymedia.org.

“Hello everyone, my name’s Andy,” he said in one of two letters. “I killed a police officer in Red Bluff, California, in a motion to bring attention to, and halt, the police-state tactics that have come to be used throughout our country.

The writer said the killing also was “an action against corporate irresponsibility,” which he blamed for “all of the major problems in America and throughout the world today.”

I blame Molly Ivins and Noam Chomsky and all the others who have stirred up such hatred. Does Tom Daschle know about this?