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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Domestic Terrorism Manifesting Without Federal Intervention




On December 23. 2014 The Loyal Knights of the Ku Kux Klan posted the following fourteen minute video on You Tube.




After the wanton killing of nine African-American prayer service worshipers, by a young racists Dylan Roof, the Confederate flag draped across the podium of the Grand Dragon in the video has come under scrutiny.  The flag is a visible declaration of defiance that has bad company association: domestic terror.

Roof's alleged manifesto was found to include personal praise via imagery of the Confederate Flag. His alleged web postings also include burning the US Flag.  


A photo from a white supremacist website showing Dylann Roof, the suspect in the Charleston, S.C., church shooting.


Mother Jones provides a glimpse of the manifesto from the former site, thelastrhodesian, (the site has been deactivated).

As you know, the governor of South Carolina immediately declared intent to remove the Confederate Flag from the state capital grounds. Other states have gone to their legislatures for similar disenfranchisement of the flag as a state sanctioned moniker. Yet, some southern state officials remain adamant in their defiance to removal of the anti-civil rights moniker. 

Other southern state denizens are reacting much more demonstrably against initiatives to move the flag to its proper place: in museums and in privately owned buildings and rooms.

 Image result for southern confederate flag demonstrations
 
 

Yet, still others are claiming the flag has nothing to do with racism, bias, and discrimination. The Young Turks abbreviated segment:  "not racist." Of course, Bill O'Reilly (and others)..."bravery." Notice that O'Reilly drug his standard cosigner onto the show to provide a black face while he spewed ridiculous rhetoric about the flag representing bravery." Juan Williams wasn't buying it, and the segment ended with O'Reilly's point well seeded among his audience. 

The Confederate Flag has long been a visible sign of national defiance, and it has become a moniker for domestic terrorism. 


The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has long advocated removal of the Confederate Flag from public display based on its utility as a moniker with a racist message.  Yesterday the SPLC's Richard Cohen, called for congressional hearings on  ever-present and growing domestic terrorism.

06/29/2015

SPLC calls for congressional hearings on threat of domestic terrorism




The SPLC today urged the homeland security committees of the U.S. House and Senate to conduct hearings on the threat of domestic terrorism in the wake of the Charleston church massacre. 
“There’s a growing recognition that the resources the federal government devotes to combating terrorism may be too skewed toward jihadism, even as deadly attacks by non-Muslim extremists are becoming increasingly common,” said SPLC President Richard Cohen. “Congress should hold hearings to determine how the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice are working to respond to this threat.” 
In a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the committees, Cohen noted that both committees have held hearings during the 114th Congress about “how overseas terrorist organizations spread extremist propaganda to radicalize and recruit.” But neither has “examined how these channels are being exploited by groups intent on carrying out domestic terrorism.” 
Dylann Roof, the alleged gunman in the June 17 attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, wrote in an online manifesto that he was inspired by the white supremacist propaganda he found on the website of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a group with a long history of racist extremism. The Department of Justice has opened a domestic terrorism investigation into the attack.
Cohen wrote that the congressional committees have a responsibility to “hear from the Federal government on what it is doing to identify, mitigate, and respond to such threats and the degree to which Federal efforts to counter violent extremism are focused on domestic terrorist threats.” 
Last week, the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security released a report finding that U.S. law enforcement agencies ranked the threat of violence from domestic anti-government extremists higher than the threat radicalized Muslims.  
Read the letter to the House Committee below (or open in a new window)

On June 20th, 2015 MSNBC hosted a segment with Mark POTOK of the SPLC. Linked here.

We will monitor the developed overt racism entered around the Confederate Flag and increasing manifestation of domestic terror shrouded in defiance to removal of the flag. Let's not ignore the murder of nine innocent church worshipers and the killers choice of brandishing the Confederate Flag.

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