Census-taker Bill Sparkman was found hanging from a tree in a cemetery with a noose around his neck and the word "Fed" scrawled on his chest. The authorities haven't determined whether the death was a homicide or a suicide.If Bill Sparkman was killed by right-wing extremists for being a Census worker in rural Red State Kentucky, this was an act of domestic terrorism. If he was killed for stumbling across a meth lab or other illegal operation and was killed because of it, it's still an act of domestic terrorism.
Richard Benjamin asks whether Sparkman was a casualty of Methland, USA or a victim of anti-government bile. That's a false dichotomy.
If Sparkman was murdered, whoever killed him committed an act of political violence. It doesn't matter whether the killer was also trying to protect a drug operation. The perp took a page out of the old fashioned lynching playbook--stringing up the victim and defacing his corpse as a warning to others.
We still have a very real anti-government domestic terrorism problem in this country. Republicans are feeding this climate for political gain, but it has already gotten out of control.