CNN’s Rick Sanchez talked with David Neiwert of Salon.com about his investigation into Sarah Palin’s ties to the Alaska Independence Party.
NEIWERT: Well, what we have known about the AIP for some time is that they were basically the Alaskan contingent of the Patriot movement in the lower 48 are people which manifest themselves as people who form militias, tax protesters, constitutionalists and that sort of thing.
SANCHEZ: Not comparing them to actions, but comparing them in terms of ideology — not actions, remember, but ideology — are they similar to the group that blew up the Murrah building?
NEIWERT: Well, of course, that was an individual lone wolf who is associated with the Patriots, but yes, they are basically coming from the same sort of ideological background. That is correct.
SANCHEZ: Are they dangerous?
NEIWERT: Potentially. Mostly when they feel that they are being threatened but for the most part, they are pretty benign organization as far as that goes.
This video is from CNN’s Newsroom, broadcast October 14, 2008.