In Florida, where many terrible things happen, in regards to laws, hate crimes, and white privilege. This does not seem like a surprise to me.
Though there are no facts to prove this, I am sure there is two reasons as to why Russell was not labeled as a threat or a terrorist:
1. He’s white.
2. He’s not a Muslim.
Many people often associate Muslims with being terrorists, when in reality White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States, according to a study by the New America Foundation. The Washington-based research organization reviewed the terror attacks on US soil since 9/11 found that most terrorist attacks were carried out by anti-government groups and white supremacists NOT Muslims. For all of you that think Muslim means terrorist, here is the actual definition.
Terrorism is defined in the Code of Federal Regulations as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives” (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85).
The FBI stated Russell “admitted to his neo-Nazi beliefs”. They also stated that Russell is a member of a neo-Nazi group called, Atomwaffen, German for “atomic weapon.”