Right Wing Terrorism More Common in US Than Muslim Terrorism

Conservatives absolutely go ballistic whenever the FBI or DHS talks about the three of right wing domestic terrorism in this country, but the data since 9/11 makes it absolutely clear that right wing terrorism is more common and more deadly than Muslim terrorism in the United States.

An officer from a large metropolitan area said that “militias, neo-Nazis and sovereign citizens” are the biggest threat we face in regard to extremism. One officer explained that he ranked the right-wing threat higher because “it is an emerging threat that we don’t have as good of a grip on, even with our intelligence unit, as we do with the Al Shabab/Al Qaeda issue, which we have been dealing with for some time.” An officer on the West Coast explained that the “sovereign citizen” anti-government threat has “really taken off,” whereas terrorism by American Muslim is something “we just haven’t experienced yet.”

Last year, for example, a man who identified with the sovereign citizen movement — which claims not to recognize the authority of federal or local government — attacked a courthouse in Forsyth County, Ga., firing an assault rifle at police officers and trying to cover his approach with tear gas and smoke grenades. The suspect was killed by the police, who returned fire. In Nevada, anti-government militants reportedly walked up to and shot two police officers at a restaurant, then placed a “Don’t tread on me” flag on their bodies. An anti-government extremist in Pennsylvania was arrested on suspicion of shooting two state troopers, killing one of them, before leading authorities on a 48-day manhunt. A right-wing militant in Texas declared a “revolution” and was arrested on suspicion of attempting to rob an armored car in order to buy weapons and explosives and attack law enforcement. These individuals on the fringes of right-wing politics increasingly worry law enforcement officials.

Law enforcement agencies around the country are training their officers to recognize signs of anti-government extremism and to exercise caution during routine traffic stops, criminal investigations and other interactions with potential extremists. “The threat is real,” says the handout from one training program sponsored by the Department of Justice. Since 2000, the handout notes, 25 law enforcement officers have been killed by right-wing extremists, who share a “fear that government will confiscate firearms” and a “belief in the approaching collapse of government and the economy.”

Despite public anxiety about extremists inspired by Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, the number of violent plots by such individuals has remained very low. Since 9/11, an average of nine American Muslims per year have been involved in an average of six terrorism-related plots against targets in the United States. Most were disrupted, but the 20 plots that were carried out accounted for 50 fatalities over the past 13 and a half years.

This is not some liberal plot, it’s just reality. Right wing groups, from sovereign citizens to anti-government zealots to anti-abortion zealots to racist, white supremacist groups, poses an enormous threat to public safety. And it’s good to see law enforcement agencies recognize that despite the screeching from conservatives.

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  • thompjs

    In the late 60’s it was left wing extremists — interesting how that has swapped now.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    This raises another question, which you Leftists clearly and intentionally miss: How are Muslins so good at disguising themselves as True American Patriots (who are lone wolves and whose actions in no way reflect on the rest of us).

  • Tony! The Queer Shoop

    Despite these facts, many people still believe Western countries face a greater threat from Islamic extremists, which is justification enough in their minds for killing more people in the name of the ‘War on Terror’.

    Because killing people to stop them from killing people works so well.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    I’m more concerned with how the Muslims are able to Manchurian Candidate all these innocent Americans into terroring for the Islams! They must be dosing the water with Manchuria or something!!

  • Dunc

    This is not some liberal plot, it’s just reality.

    To-may-to, To-mah-to…

  • dingojack

    Oh come on Ed – clearly it’s a false-flag op (by those well-known Mooslim, Leftist, atheist group – law enforcement) to cover up —

    BEN GARZI (whoever the hell he is)

    — before Obama becomes absolute dictator of the entire universe — by handing all power over to the newly elected President of the US (probably Hillary Clinton*) !!elEvteNty-One!!!

    [oh, and shape-shifting Lizerdmen from the Earth’s core too]

    @@ Dingo

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    * Is this a sinister coincidence, or is it ’cause she’s been a likely Democratic Party candidate since at least 2000? You decide!

    (Just don’t tell me. If it’s the former, I couldn’t give a shit about your crazy PoG conspiracies, if the latter, well it’s simply stating the bleeding obvious)

  • busterggi

    To paraphrase Groucho Mark from ‘Duck Soup’ – Gentlemen, right-wingers here may talk like terrorists, and look like terrorists, but don’t let that fool you: they really are an terrorists.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … training their officers to recognize signs of anti-government extremism …

    Stand by for a veritable tsunami of news stories about citizens persecuted for Driving While Patriotic!

  • raven

    1. The two terrorist attacks nearest my house were both by right wing fundie xians. One guy got in a shootout with the police while on his way to bomb an environmental group. And the local xians firebombed the local mosque.

    2. Sovereign citizens have killed something like 7 cops. The last one IIRC, was a spinoff from the Bundy ranch incidence where some guy ambushed two cops in a restaurant in Las Vegas and killed them.

  • llewelly

    This is the real reason so many conservatives are afraid Obama might invade Texas. They know that if the same treatment they want applied to Muslims (which despite their claims, Obama largely carries out) were applied to them, there would be serious military action against them.

    Furthermore it shows the whole theology of addressing terrorism through bombings and invasions is dysfunctional.

    It’s worth reminding everyone that back when the Obama administration made a serious effort to investigate right wing terrorism, the GOP organized against it, and made sure all the important people were fired and the program was defunded.

    But, since about mid 2008, it has been my opinion that right wing terrorism is being heavily investigated … just not by the FBI, and not with the goal of stopping anything that isn’t likely to affect the whitehouse directly. Instead, it’s the NSA using the information to keep Obama firmly on their side.

    I’ve never believed his mid-campaign position switch on the NSA was an accident.

  • D. C. Sessions

    This is complete bullshit. There are no conservative “terrorists.” By definition.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    In the late 60’s it was left wing extremists…

    Was it really? Citation required.

  • dingojack

    Raging Bee – you’ve never heard of The Weathermen or The Black Panthers?*

    Dingo

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    * not that either were initially that extreme – they were driven in that direction and labelled as such (it made them easier to isolate from the American population as a whole, and made their ideas easier to dismiss or distort)

  • Sastra

    Right wing groups, from sovereign citizens to anti-government zealots to anti-abortion zealots to racist, white supremacist groups, poses an enormous threat to public safety. And it’s good to see law enforcement agencies recognize that despite the screeching from conservatives.

    Yes, it’s good, but given that law enforcement agents are one of the main groups threatened by right wing terrorists the option of refusing to recognize the danger is simply not going to be in their best interest. The police may tend to be right-wing conservatives themselves, but start shooting cops and watch how quickly those fellow feelings of sympathy evaporate.

  • Alverant

    Aren’t the muslim terrorists also right wing terrorists? They sure share some of the same attitudes of the right wingers here in the US.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    Alverant says: Aren’t the muslim terrorists also right wing terrorists? They sure share some of the same attitudes of the right wingers here in the US.

    .

    Yes, which is why the “neoliberals” (ultraconservatives) so determinedly associate Muslims with US liberals as much as possible. After all, it’s hard to get a typical liberal fired up about joining you on a mission to burn down the local mosque or beat up a few “Middle Eastern-looking” men. But if they can lambast the progressives by claiming that this reluctance to violence means that we support Muslim extremism, they might distract folks enough that they don’t notice the very strong family resemblance between behaviors and values of Fundamentalist Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, et al.

  • garnetstar

    In other words, police should stop treating black people as more threatening, because *white men* are more likely to be a danger to them.

    Yeah, that’ll happen.

  • Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    @D. C. Sessions

    This is complete bullshit. There are no conservative “terrorists.” By definition.

    So if a conservative commits a terrorist act, does he magically stop being a conservative? Even if he still holds all the old conservative views? That’s pretty neat.

  • equisetum

    “So if a conservative commits a terrorist act, does he magically stop being a conservative?”

    No. He becomes a Freedom Fighter(tm).

  • Alverant

    Conservatives can’t be terrorists because terrorists are when one of “them” scares one of “us” and since conservatives are “us” they can’t be one of “them”! Duh!

    /s

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    @13 Dingo Jack – I think the point is that right wing terrorists were very active in the 1960s – you’ve never heard of the KKK? It was very fashionable, however, for the business-controlled, Vietnam-war-supporting media to report on the supposed rise of left-wing terrorism while not putting too much focus on the right-wing variety — much as they try to ignore the right-wing variety to this day.

  • DonDueed

    The most common meaning of “rtf” (besides the file format) is “return the favor”. That seems a stretch here. Maybe “ready to fight” would fit better.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    The “rtf” is probably something connected to the “88”.

    “88” in the context of white supremacists and neo-nazis stands for “HH”, or “Heil Hitler”.

    Do we know which, if any, NN, WN, or WS groups he was affiliated with?

  • dingojack

    No Sigurd – the point was:

    “… there are no conservative terrorists. By definition…”, and why is that?

    ” … because terrorist is when one of “them” scares one of “us” and since conservatives are one of “us” they can’t be one of “them”. Duh!”

    Get with the program:

    Brown person shouts slogans = ‘terrorist’ (shoot eight times the back when they flee, then ‘load-up’ with a weapon)

    White person kills nine people at prayers in a church = ‘confused/ mentally-ill person of indeterminate colour’ (or ‘we’ll never ever know why they did it’ [hides prominent manifesto from killer explaining exactly why he did it under the sofa cushions])

    @@

    Dingo

  • dingojack

    It’s not about who is actually engaging in terrorism its about who is perceived as being engaged in terrorism.

    In a 60’s context:

    Napalming Vietnamese villagers from 1000ft up = ‘patriotism in pursuit of freedom’ but

    Blowing up empty buildings to protest the napalming of Vietnamese villagers = ‘terrorism‘.

    Dingo