right-wing-terrorism

On "All acts of terror are committed by Muslims!" -- except when they're not

markanders1200 replied to your quote: “The person questioned in the hospital was a Saudi…

demonization? probably made a calculation based on 1) 3 airliners murdered by Saudis, 2) massive war against Afgan terrorists & Osama, 3) frigging bombs just went off like we was in Kandahar. Duh.

Because white men have never, ever committed acts of domestic terror involving bombings, yes? Because all acts of terror are committed by Muslims, right? Except when they’re not:

“For the second year in a row, there were no fatalities or injuries from Muslim-American terrorism. Meanwhile, the United States suffered approximately 14,000 murders in 2012. Since 9/11, Muslim-American terrorism has claimed 33 lives in the United States, out of more than 180,000 murders committed in the United States during this period. Over the same period, more than 200 Americans have been killed in political violence by white supremacists and other groups on the far right, according to a recent study published by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy. Sixty-six Americans were killed in mass shootings by non-Muslims in 2012 alone, twice as many fatalities as from Muslim-American terrorism in all 11 years since 9/11.”
– Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, University of North Carolina, February 1, 2013

Sorry, dudebro, The actual facts don’t line up with your paranoia.

Cheers,

Meg

DHS Report: America's Big Terror Threat Doesn't Come From ISIS Or Al Qaeda

DHS Report: America’s Big Terror Threat Doesn’t Come From ISIS Or Al Qaeda

A report from the Department of Homeland Security warns about a growing terror threat in the United States. Who are these potential terrorists? ISIS? Perhaps Al Qaeda has activated new cells here? According to CNN’s analysis of the report, it’s neither. This terror threat comes from right-wing, sovereign citizen extremists.

CNN reports that they’re already carrying out sporadic terror attacks on…

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What Domestic Terrorism Really Means In America

Yesterday I was listening to Democracy Now!, and their guest Mark Potok made a very important point about the difference between how the government deals with the politically right and left when it comes to terrorism. The following is a segment of the transcript of that episode:

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AMY GOODMAN: Is this kind of white supremacist, far-right violence increasing, Mark?

MARK POTOK: Well, it has been—it has been increasing, or at least very much up, since Barack Obama came into office. It was in fact rather quiet during the Bush years, between 2000, 2008. But pretty—even before Obama took office, as a matter of fact, immediately after he was inaugurated [nominated] in the summer of 2008 in Denver, we began to see plots, various attempts at domestic terrorism, really proliferate. So, the Glenn Miller murders, or alleged murders, are not unique at all. There are a number of—for instance, in June of 2009, after Obama took office, I’m sure many people will remember another well-known neo-Nazi, James von Brunn, shot and killed a guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington. A couple of years after that, another neo-Nazi—again, fairly well known—tried to bomb a parade with a very powerful IED he built on Martin Luther King Day in Spokane, Washington. Yet a third neo-Nazi invaded a Sikh temple in August of 2012 and murdered six people. And these are only a few examples, but we really have seen quite a number of these. There’s no question that we’re seeing more violence from the domestic, non-Islamic radical right than we are at this point from jihadists.

AMY GOODMAN: And how does the government organize? I mean, number one on the domestic terrorism list, according to a top FBI official, is eco-terrorism, is the animal rights movement. We don’t hear very much about white supremacists except when something horrific like this happens.

MARK POTOK: Well, let me say, the idea that eco-terrorists, so-called, are the major domestic terror threat, which was in fact said to Congress a couple of times by FBI leaders during the Bush years, I think is just patently ludicrous. You know, no one has been killed by anyone in the radical animal rights movement or the radical environmentalist movement. There are certainly groups out there that are involved in things like burning down SUV dealerships and so on, but no one has been killed yet. And that is in just, you know, wild contrast to what we’re seeing from people like Glenn Miller. You know, we’ve also had a real problem with the Department of Homeland Security, in the sense that ever since a particular report on the right wing was leaked to the press in April of 2009, DHS has sort of cowered, in a sense. They essentially gutted their non-Islamic domestic terrorism unit and really have not been putting out very important reports.

AMY GOODMAN: Explain that just very quickly, Mark. Explain that for people who do not remember what happened in 2009.

MARK POTOK: Sure. The report did things like say the extremists are interested in recruiting returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq. There was a huge outcry on the right wing, the political right wing of this country, that DHS had characterized all military people, all veterans, as white supremacists and extremists and so on. And that’s not at all what the report said. But Janet Napolitano, then the head of DHS, withdrew the report, apologized, and ultimately the unit fell apart.

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This is important. This is important, and we have to pay attention to it. What he is basically saying is that environmental/animal rights activists are seen as more of a threat to America than people who murder racial and religious minorities. The FBI thinks of vegan potlucks as terrorist cells, but when it was brought to public attention that the DHS was growing concerned about white supremacy groups recruiting military veterans, most of the country was appalled at their audacity.

It’s important to note that when the report on military veterans came out, there was also another report that had just come out about left wing environmentalist and animal rights groups which detailed their efforts to affect economic damage on businesses through cyber attacks and email campaigns, emphasizing that these groups’ first priority was to cause no physical harm to people or animals. Even though right extremist groups are far more likely to be violent (e.g. the Jewish Comminity Center shooting a earlier this week, the Sikh Temple shooting in 2012, the murder of Dr. Tiller in 2009, the Unitarian Church shooting in 2008, the Olympics bombing of 1996, various clinic bombings, and of course Oklahoma City), the FBI still considers left wing groups to be a higher terrorism threat because of the economic damage they can do (e.g. the occasional arson [though steps are always taken to insure there is no chance of human or animal casualties], freeing enslaved animals in fur farms and testing facilities, shutting down websites, spiking trees targeted by the lumber industry, etc.). That’s right; causing someone to lose money is more dangerous than shooting them in the face.

It’s not just the fact that most of our government is more than willing to fall all over themselves to protect big businesses (that has resulted in things like the passage of such vague and oppressive pieces of legislation as the AETA) that have led to this extremely slanted view on domestic terrorism not only in their eyes but in the public’s eyes as well. Let’s not forget that another major focal point of U.S. anti-terrorism efforts involves pretty much anyone they deem to be of the wrong race or religion.  The reason why vegan potlucks are assumed to be overrun by eco-terrorists and the NYPD is spying on Muslim taxi drivers insstead of anti-terrorism efforts being focused on the people who have been proven time and again to be ticking timebombs of murderous nationalist, racist rage is because most of those in power have more in common with the latter than the former. They aren’t going to consider keeping tabs on violent racists because they see nothing wrong with their own racist tactics. The public and their elected officials aren’t going to put up with too much scrutiny of those who wish to oppress all who are not white Christian men because our country was founded on this kind of oppression, and it still exists today.

The FBI knew about Miller for decades. He had previously spent time in prison for murder conspiracy. He had been a vocal advocate of racially motivated serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin. If the FBI didn’t see this coming, it’s because they didn’t want to.

An ex-soldier with ties to the white supremacist movement has been taken into custody in connection with the planting of a backpack bomb along the planned route of the Martin Luther King Jr. March in downtown Spokane, authorities have confirmed.

Kevin William Harpham, 36, of Colville, could face life imprisonment on charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered explosive device, according to documents on file in U.S. District Court. An initial court appearance is scheduled for this afternoon.

Harpham was arrested this morning during a raid at his home near Addy, Wash. by dozens of federal agents who had been assembling in Spokane during the past few days.

The Southern Poverty Law Center confirmed that Harpham in 2004 was a member of the National Alliance, which is one of the most visible white supremacist organizations in the nation.

“What to me this arrest suggests is that the Martin Luther King Day attack is what it always looked like: A terror-mass murder attempt directed at black people and their sympathizers,” said Mark Potok, who is the director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project that tracks and investigates hate groups.

Not surprising. Hey, Rep. Peter King, when do we get to hold hearings into right-wingers not doing enough and not working with the government to prevent a very small minority from becoming radicalized. They’re not turning in their own! Or is that just for Muslims?

Watch: Vegas Shooter Jerad Miller Posted Anti-Government Videos Online

Watch: Vegas Shooter Jerad Miller Posted Anti-Government Videos Online

Jerad Miller, who along with his wife Amanda, shot and killed two police officers and a Wal-Mart customer on Sunday night posted videos online with rants about his anti-government beliefs.

Jerad Miller Video

In the videos Miller, who was on house arrest at least once, rants about the New World Order and complains about people who don’t believe his conspiracy theories.

Jerad Miller Video

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As soon as the Occupy Wall Street movement began, right-wing operatives have been begging for a violent episode to occur and they certainly have been predicting it will happen because only Marxist, Lenin-loving communist supporters go to those events. Well, it looks like the first violent outburst we’ve seen outside of police crackdowns has been in Occupy Maine and against the protesters.

Occupy Maine protesters say Sunday morning’s attack with a chemical explosive has left them with a mixture of anxiety and resolve.
“We are more motivated to keep doing what we’re doing,” said Stephanie Wilburn, of Portland, who was sitting near where the chemical mixture in a Gatorade bottle was tossed at 4 a.m. Sunday. “They have heard us and we’re making a difference.”

Wilburn said she was startled and briefly lost hearing in her left ear when the device exploded beneath a table about 10 feet away. Wilburn’s hearing returned and police said no injuries were reported.

Portland police Sgt. Glen McGary said the bomb was thrown into the camp’s kitchen, a tarped area where food is cooked and served. Protest organizers said the explosion lifted a large table about a foot off the ground.

“There was no fire … We had a good 20 feet of thick smoke rolling out from under the table,” Wilburn said. They could see the “G” on the 24-ounce bottle and its orange cap, as well as bits of silver metal, she said.

By the way, the U.N. is also working on a small-arms treaty – which purports to fight terrorism, but if implemented, Second Amendment proponents like me believe that it will only enforce rougher licensing requirements, create more red tape, and possibly an international gun registry. As if terrorists give a flying crap about registering their gun or their machete before they kill you.

This will do nothing but make it harder for you to get a gun. Why would you get a gun? [Points to picture of President Obama and adviser Cass Sunstein.] To prepare for tough times. That’s why.
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Glenn Beck, upping the paranoia ante June 13 and, uh, appearing to encourage violence against the president. But metaphorically, of course. 

Is he actually serious, or is this born of some adolescent desire to shock? At this point, Glenn, just GTFO.

Writing in the Guardian, Matthew Goodwin, an expert on British fascist movements, argues that “until now, European democracies and their security services had focused almost exclusively on the threat from al=Qaida-inspired terrorism. Rightwing extremist groups and their more violent affiliates were dismissed as disorganised, fragmented and irrelevant movement.” The Norway attacks, he says, might “prove to be a watershed moment in terms of how we approach far-right followers, groups and their ideology.”
3 Georgia Militia Men Accused Of Planning Anti-Govt Terrorism

3 Georgia Militia Men Accused Of Planning Anti-Govt Terrorism

Pipe Bomb

Three men in Georgia are accused of plotting anti-government violence entered not guilty pleas in court on Friday.

Terry Eugene Peace, Brian Edward Cannon and Cory Robert Williamson, have been charged with conspiracy to receive and to possess unregistered destructive devices.

The indictment against the three men said they carried out communications in search of pipe bombs which they…

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Because we live in an open, secular, rights based civilization, we must endure the populists who, by virtue of the very rights that allow them to spread hate, intolerance, and the prelude to genocide it’s self, threaten tolerant society as a means to a fucking paycheck. It sounds extreme, but we are living in an era of extremists. How many times before have voices called for reason, for calm, for compassion? These people spit on that notion, and aside from their snake oil solutions to complex social issues that have plagued human society since the stone age, they are harmless, inept, pitiable human beings. They are misguided by their own lust for power, blinded by their bigotry, fattened up on easy living, and they would not hesitate to help bring down civilization if it meant they would have a better place at the table once the smoke from burning corpses, and the noise of bulldozers covering up mass graves, had subsided.

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Shooting at Mohammed ‘art event’ in Texas: 2 gunmen killed, ISIS claims responsibility

I guarantee you, right-wing extremists pose a significantly bigger threat to Western society than any Muslim-extremist organization. Our governments, politicians and media instill xenophobia, hatred and othering into our brains on a daily basis. The media sleep on this and rarely report violence committed by white people to muslims or immigrants. It is a serious problem. The rise of (extremist) right-wing parties, propagating hate and intolerance accross Europe disturbs and worries me deeply. I encounter racist and xenophobic people supporting said right-wing parties every day. I fear for the lives of innocent immigrants, Muslims and people of color who face intolerance purely based on who they are and where they originate from.