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Federal investigators announced this week that they were skeptical about the role of a right-wing group in the bombings of a family planning clinic and a gay and lesbian nightclub in Atlanta. The Army of God claimed responsibility for the attacks in a letter sent to news organizations this week. But Federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) officials expressed doubt about the authenticity of the claim.

On Jan. 16 two devices exploded outside the Northside Family Planning Services center in suburban Atlanta injuring six people. And just this past Friday, five people were injured when a bomb exploded in the rear patio section of the crowded gay and lesbian club — the Otherside Lounge. A second device was found outside the club.

Although the police say the Army of God may not have been responsible, the attacks have all the hallmarks of a right-wing group.

Here to discuss some recent developments on the radical rights is Fred Clarkson, a freelance journalist. He worked for two years as a Planned Parenthood researcher on the anti-abortion movement and the radical right. He is author of Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy (Common Courage).

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