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We can’t let heinous attacks overseas obscure our homegrown terrorism problem

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Update: Recent example of homegrown terrorist problem. More details in this report. The terrorist is a white supremacist. I will mention that when George W. Bush was president, he tasked DHS with developing reports on the threats of domestic terrorism from left-wing and right-wing groups. The report on left-wing terrorism (e.g., attacking loggers) was issued with no problems, but when the report on right-wing terrorism came out (after the election: Janet Napolitano was Secretary of Homeland Security by then. The GOP went beserk and GOP members of Congress demanded that the report be withdrawn.

The reason for that demand is unclear, but the charitable interpretation is that the GOP was thinking that if right-wing terrorism was not mentioned, it would go away. (Few have accused the GOP in Congress of having much in the way of intelligence.) But it did not. I think the report would be interesting to see, but the GOP today is worse than the GOP then, and there is no way that the GOP will address right-wing terrorists. Instead, the GOP does all it can to encourage them, and is willing to get its own hands dirty (as in body-slamming a reporter for asking questions in public). /update

Another update: “The U.S. Has a Homegrown Terrorist Problem.”

Chauncey DeVega writes at Salon:

During a speech delivered in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, President Donald Trump told Muslims to “Drive out the terrorists. Drive out the extremists. Drive them out of your places of worship.”

There is no question that terrorist groups representing a perverted form of Islam have caused mayhem and destruction. This week’s heinous bombing in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people is one glaring example — although it’s worth noting that most of the violence committed by ISIS and similar groups has been directed against their fellow Muslims. (It’s not yet clear whether the Manchester perpetrator had any significant connection to militant groups in the Arab or Muslim world.)

But Trump and too many other Americans are often silent when it comes to the terrorists and extremists in their own country.

In the United States, right-wing domestic terrorists have killed hundreds of people since 2007. Moreover, federal law enforcement and other agencies have repeatedly warned that terrorism by right-wing extremists affiliated with the sovereign citizens movement, white supremacists and other hate groups poses a greater threat than violence by Islamic terrorists. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more people have been killed and injured in the United States by white right-wing domestic terrorists than Muslim extremists.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has also documented a record increase in hate crimes against Jews, Muslims and people of color that began with the start of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and has continued through the first months of his presidency.

Last Saturday Richard Collins III, a 23-year old African-American college student and newly commissioned U.S. Army lieutenant, was stabbed to death in an apparently random attack at the University of Maryland campus.

The accused killer is a white man named Sean Urbanski, who was apparently a member of an online white supremacist group called Alt Reich Nation. The university police chief, David Mitchell, described it this way: “When I looked at the information that’s contained on that website, suffice to say that it’s despicable. It shows extreme bias against women, Latinos, members of the Jewish faith, and especially African-Americans. . . . Which brings up questions as to the motive in this case. Knowing that, we will continue to look for digital evidence, among other items of evidentiary value.”

As reported by The Daily Beast, BuzzFeed and other sources, Urbanski was apparently a Trump supporter who commented upon and “upvoted” racist, nativist and anti-Muslim posts and memes in various online forums.

Apparently, Trump’s commands to “drive out the terrorists” and “extremists” apply in distant Muslim-majority nations of the Middle East but not to white people in the United States.

This act of probable racial terrorism occurred during a political moment when the safety and security of black and brown Americans is under threat from their own government. . .

Continue reading.

Written by LeisureGuy

27 May 2017 at 10:02 am

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