Justice Department Acknowledges Threat From Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists, Creates New Office
Finally, the DOJ is focusing on right-wing domestic terrorism instead of being cowed into pretending it’s a much lesser threat than jihadist terrorists motivated by international terrorist groups. According to Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin:
…since 9/11, terrorists motivated by extreme anti-government views or virulent neo-Nazi/anti-Semitic beliefs have killed more people in the United States than jihadist terrorists motivated by al-Qaida’s ideology.“Much attention has focused on those inspired by Al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) message of hate and violence spreading worldwide and reaching homes here in America through the group’s unprecedented social media recruitment efforts,” he said. “And rightly so.”
However, he said, “Looking back over the past few years, it is clear that domestic terrorists and homegrown violent extremists remain a real and present danger to the United States. We recognize that, over the past few years, more people have died in this country in attacks by domestic extremists than in attacks associated with international terrorist groups.” […]
A recent analysis by the New America Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based research center, reported that since 9/11, terrorists motivated by extreme anti-government views or virulent neo-Nazi/anti-Semitic beliefs have killed more people in the United States than jihadist terrorists motivated by al-Qaida’s ideology. […]
And a study released in June found that despite public perception about the threat of extremists inspired by al-Qaida and the Islamic State, law enforcement officers are more concerned about the homegrown terrorist next door. In addition, the study — published by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University — said the violence associated with foreign-inspired extremists has remained low in comparison to domestic terrorism. […]
Naturally, the whining has already begun, and you can be sure it will only grow louder and more shrill before it reaches its crescendo.