Threats From Our Neighbors

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Robert Chain leaves court in LA on August 30. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- We’ve known for some time that the biggest terror threat to us isn’t coming from sketchy foreigners, but from our fellow Americans.

From Oklahoma City to Orlando to Boston, the murderous lunatics are our neighbors, not some mysterious other.

Despite our familiarity with this ugly phenomenon, the case of Robert Chain, the California man who was in Boston federal court yesterday to face seven charges of making threatening phone calls, is still appalling.

You will recall Chain as the creature who allegedly made 14 vile, vulgar, homophobic phone calls to the Boston Globe newsroom in August after the Globe led a national editorial-page response to President Trump’s media bashing.

Prosecutors say the 68-year-old Chain--parroting the president’s “enemy of the people” garbage--threatened to shoot Globe employees and their pets, a move that got him busted by an FBI SWAT team at his home.

At his arraignment out in LA, Chain told reporters “there’s no free press in America,” adding that “the United States got saved by having Donald J. Trump elected as president.”

Luckily, there are relatively few partisans on either side who resort to criminal acts like this. Still, it’s good to see US Attorney Andrew Lelling, a Trump appointee, make it clear by bringing this creep up on charges that, as he put it: “Members of the public must police their own political rhetoric. Or we will.”

Still, you can’t feel too comfortable when you read that the cops who busted Chain found 20 guns in his house, including a recently-purchased semi-automatic rifle, but he will not face any charges in connection with the weapons.

Swell.

Heavily-armed loons, arming up with impunity, using politics as an excuse to spread terror.

Move over, Al Qaeda--you’ve got home-grown competition.

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