Potok: Marathon bombings not obvious case of domestic terrorism

Boston Marathon explosion
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[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1366322993&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4023284&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1366322993 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Investigators are making progress in the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers.

The FBI is using surveillance video, pictures and cell phone records to zero in on two possible suspects.

Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a group known for tracking the activities of hate groups, does not think the bombings are an obvious case of domestic terrorism.

“When you think about who was targeted it wasn’t any identifiable minority group,” Potok said. “It wasn’t the government, it wasn’t the IRS – although Monday was in fact Tax Day – so it’s not obvious to me that the attack came from the radical right in this country.”

Potok says radical groups have grown more than 800 percent in the last four years.

April 19 marks an important date for many radical organizations.

It is remembered for both the tragedy in Waco, Texas in 1993 and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

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