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Showing posts with label US Terrorist. Show all posts
Showing posts with label US Terrorist. Show all posts

Thursday, February 21, 2019

US Terrorist Arrested (Didn't Cross The Southern Border)

The image below is not from a US Army Infantry squad. It is that of a US Terrorist

In 2009, mere weeks after President Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States, his Justice Department partnered in published a national intelligence assessment. The report was published by The Office on Intelligence Analysis and was labeled an assessment.  Herewith is a link to the PDF report.

The report included text related to extremist groups would possibly work to attract veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  Why extremist groups.  Re-read the first sentence of the paragraph just above?  Needless to say, but to ward off the tendency of some to resort to silliness in the form of rhetorical questions, Barack Obama was the nations first African-American President.  

Page 2 of the report is covered with Key Findings.

Page 2 of 9 
(U) Key Findings (U//LES) The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing* terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment. 
— (U//LES) Threats from white supremacist and violent antigovernment groups during 2009 have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts. Nevertheless, the consequences of a prolonged economic downturn—including real estate foreclosures, unemployment, and an inability to obtain credit—could create a fertile recruiting environment for rightwing extremists and even result in confrontations between such groups and government authorities similar to those in the past.  
— (U//LES) Rightwing extremists have capitalized on the election of the first African American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters, and broaden their scope and appeal through propaganda, but they have not yet turned to attack planning. (U//FOUO) The current economic and political climate has some similarities to the 1990s when rightwing extremism experienced a resurgence fueled largely by an economic recession, criticism about the outsourcing of jobs, and the perceived threat to U.S. power and sovereignty by other foreign powers.  
— (U//FOUO) During the 1990s, these issues contributed to the growth in the number of domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups and an increase in violent acts targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers, banks, and infrastructure sectors. 
— (U//FOUO) Growth of these groups subsided in reaction to increased government scrutiny as a result of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and disrupted plots, improvements in the economy, and the continued U.S. standing as the preeminent world power. (U//FOUO) The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks. * (U) Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration. 

The Director of Homeland Security at the time, Janet NMapolitano, caught significant flack for aspects of the report. After and in response to, the flack Napolitano apologized for specific lines of the report. I knew when she apologized the words were offered based on flack from the Right (including the American Legion). Napolitano flat nailed the coming reality of growing white extremism, especially after a black man took his seat in the Oval Office. Moreover, she nailed it without pre-knowledge of the eventual election of a person who appears to have an affinity for white nationalism.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) published a piece within the past few hours with verbiage hate groups are up 30 percent over the past few years. 

Here is a link to an NPR piece updated this afternoon just after 2:00PM.

The SPLC piece and its NPR post are particularly critical as law enforcement last Friday arrested an active duty Coast Guard officer who is being charged as a homegrown terrorist.

CNN Tonight's Don Lemon along with other late night media is reporting on the arrest of a person considered a terrorist who didn't cross the Southern border and he is not a person of color.

It is sad to look back at the warnings from 2009 with full-blown (February 2019) evidence of an active duty member of the US military armed as a terrorist with a spreadsheet of potential targets. His targets include Democrat Party politicians and certain members of the so-called progressive, liberal or non-conservative media.

UPDATE: NPR linked here.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Terrorism? US Terrorism Is A Threat

Repost w/permission via The Southern Poverty Law Center

A new terrorism database analysis shows almost two-thirds of the terror attacks in the United States last year were carried out by right-wing extremists.
Researchers and journalists for the news site Quartz said they used data compiled by the Global Terrorism Database that has tabulated terrorist events around the world since 1970. The database is supported by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), affiliated with the University of Maryland. 
“A Quartz analysis of the database shows that almost two-thirds of terror attacks in the (United States) last year were tied to racist, anti-Muslim, homophobic, anti-Semitic, fascist, anti-government, or xenophobic motivations,” its posting says. 
The remaining attacks, the web site said, “were driven by left-wing ideologies … and Islamic extremism.” 
Globally, terrorist attacks dropped from about 17,000 in 2014 to about 11,000 in 2017, including a 40 percent decline in the Middle East, according to Quartz's analysis of the START data. 
But the United States has seen a recent surge in terror-related violence, with 65 attacks last year, up from six in 2006, it said. 
In a related post last month, Quartz said of 65 terrorism incidents last year in the United States, 37 were “tied to racist, anti-Muslim, homophobic, anti-Semitic, fascist, anti-government or xenophobic motivations.” 
The list includes the August 2017 incident at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a man drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring many others. The suspect, James Alex Fields, was photographed earlier that day marching with neo-Nazi hate group Vanguard America. Fields has been charged with first-degree murder and is awaiting trial in Virginia. In June, he was indicted on 30 charges of federal hate crimes related to the attack. 
The list also includes attacks on a gay bar in Puerto Rico, mosques in Washington, Texas, and Florida and a “vehicle decorated with Jewish iconography in New York,” the posting said. 
Quartz said the Global Terrorism Database annual report includes “cases where violence is used by non-state actors to achieve political, economic, religious, or social goals through fear and coercion.” 
For example, it said, the database “includes ideologically motivated attacks like the Charleston church shooting, but not ones such as the Aurora movie theater massacre.” 
The database also classifies cases according to attackers’ affiliations, such as the Ku Klux Klan. When an affiliation is unknown, the database lists the participant’s ideological identity if it’s known, such as white extremist. 
For further reading on right-wing extremist terrorism, check out Terror from the Right, the Southern Poverty Law Center's directory of major terrorist plots and right-wing political violence from 1995 to the present.
Photo credit AP Images/Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress