A new study for the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism (START) performed by the University of Maryland at the behest of the Department of Homeland Security has concluded that the greatest terrorist threat to America isn’t radical Muslims – it’s right wing radical groups right here in the United States:
What the team discovered was that the notion of Islamic extremists plotting to blow buildings was far less likely than homegrown so-called “Sovereign Citizens” who stockpile weapons and hold a seething resentment towards the federal government. Consequently, 86 percent of those interviewed agreed that this movement posed a “serious terrorist threat,” the highest of any group inquired about.
Compare that to just 8 years earlier in a similar questionnaire found that nearly every agency was still thinking about Islamic extremism.
What’s changed in the time between 2007 and now? The most obvious thing is the nation got its first African American president with the election of Barack Obama. Fueled by racism, conservative fear mongering and the threats of “socialism,” the sovereign citizen movement has seen its membership explode in the last few years. It’s no coincident that two of the biggest sovereign citizen groups The Three Percenters and The Oath keepers were both founded around the time Obama was first elected.
Which is pretty ironic, since this is the group rushing to tell everybody how patriotic they are and how big a problem terrorism is. Even more ironic that the greatest terrorist threat to America isn’t saturated with Islam, it’s made up largely of Christians who proudly love the whole bible.
If loving, reading, and believing in the bible/Jesus made people more moral, this is a strange discovery.