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Right-Wing Extremism Danger For America Growing

April 14, 2009

As one of the commenter’s on this blog noted tonight it was a conservative extremist who blew up the Federal Buildingin Oklahoma City during President Clinton’s time in office.  With that as a harsh reminder the news tonight from Homeland Security is startling.  There is an underside to America that is hell-bent on destruction and destroying the underpinnings of the fabric of our nation.  They will spin themselves as the ones trying to save the country from ‘socialism’, and pretend to be the keepers of ‘our heritage’.  In fact, as Homeland Security notes they are “lone wolves and small terrorist cells” intent on death and mayhem.

Right-wing extremist groups may be using the recession and the election of the nation’s first African-American president to recruit members, a Department of Homeland Security report contends.

Though the nine-page report said it has “no specific information that domestic right-wing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence,” it said real-estate foreclosures, unemployment and tight credit “could create a fertile recruiting environment for right-wing extremists and even result in confrontations between such groups and government authorities similar to those in the past.”

The report, prepared in coordination with the FBI and published April 7, was distributed to federal, state and local law enforcement officials under the title “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”

It compares the current climate the 1990s, “when right-wing 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.”

It cites proposed restrictions on weapons as likely to increase membership in extremist groups and expresses concern the groups might try to recruit veterans.

The report also cites concern about anti-Semitism, saying that some groups are blaming the loss of U.S. jobs and home foreclosures on “a deliberate conspiracy conducted by a cabal of Jewish ‘financial elites’ ” in an attempt to recruit members.

The election of President Obama is cited as a key recruitment tool. “Many right-wing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearm ownership and use,” the report said.

It said that twice in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election, “extremists appeared to be in the early planning stages of some threatening activity targeting the Democratic nominee, but law enforcement interceded.”

The report said that “lone wolves and small terrorist cells” represent the nation’s biggest terrorist threat because their low profile makes it difficult to intervene before they act.

6 Comments
  1. jim permalink
    June 14, 2009 11:17 PM

    Right wing extremists? There are a few but check out all the anti American from foreign nationals and foreigners inside our borders. Now there is a major problem. You are talking about people on campuses and in major cities waiting for the US to fall or for any catastrophe so they can take advantage of it. That is the real problem we face.

  2. April 18, 2009 9:54 AM

    Why are so many people suddenly concerned about the content of the DHS report? It repeats data which was produced during the Bush Administration!

    For example, see this July 2008 FBI report:

    Click to access spy-whites.pdf

    If YOU were in a position of responsibility within one of our law enforcement agencies, would YOU just IGNORE this data?

  3. kcebnelg permalink
    April 15, 2009 9:48 PM

    Wow. I’m an extremist. One more thing for the resume.

  4. Thomas J Canton permalink
    April 15, 2009 10:38 AM

    You can have the Department of Homeland Security pick me up at the Tea Party Day protest they are holding in downtown Chicago this afternoon.

    Me and about 1000 or so of my right wing troublemaker buddies will be there.

  5. Thomas J Canton permalink
    April 15, 2009 10:24 AM

    So, you are for rounding up every conservative who is against abortion, illegal alien amnesty and Gay Marriage??

    Did you read the other part of the report I posted yesterday. If not, let me remind you.

    “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.”

    Are you blind what this could lead to??

  6. Quark permalink
    April 15, 2009 8:11 AM

    What concerns me most is this statement: “rightwing extremist ideology are the most dangerous domestic terrorism threat.” Google “Terrorist training camps in the U.S.” and see who’s operating them. If DHS (and Congress) think the biggest threat is the rightwing, that implies they no nothing about Jhadist camps right here in America!?? How can we ask foreign countries like Pakistan to shut down their camps when we allow them to continue operating on our own soil? How can we call the “greatest” threat rightwing Americans when the report is full of speculation on what “may” or “could” increase recruitment, while Jihadist camps are operating in full swing across the nation?

    I’ve written all of my representatives expressing my concern over the Islamic training camps. I suggest everyone reading this do the same. Our nation’s resources should be directed toward addressing know threats, not making up threats based on very, very poor evidence.

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