Racism is root and cause for most American domestic terrorism


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FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress (in July)…that the FBI has recorded about 100 domestic terrorism arrests in the last nine months. “A majority of the domestic terrorism cases we’ve investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white supremacist violence,” he told the panel…

Wray’s testimony followed a House Homeland Security Committee hearing in May, where FBI counterterrorism chief Michael McGarrity testified that the bureau was investigating 850 potential domestic terrorism cases. McGarrity said that nearly half of the cases involved racially motivated extremists, most of whom were white supremacists…

“…If the number of people arrested this calendar year when it comes to this extremist conduct, is about equal between those who were inspired by foreign actors, ISIS, al-Qaida, whatever it might be, and those who were inspired by white supremacy or at least some version of race,” (Senator Dick) Durbin said, before asking Wray if he considered them equal threats.

Wray said he did not, explaining that he believes homegrown violent terrorism was the single biggest threat to the country.

There goes Wray’s chance to play golf at one of Trump’s country clubs!

12 thoughts on “Racism is root and cause for most American domestic terrorism

  1. p/s says:

    “The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security in May warned that white supremacist groups had already carried out more attacks than any other domestic extremist group over the past 16 years and were likely to carry out more attacks over the next year, according to an intelligence bulletin obtained by Foreign Policy.” https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/08/14/fbi-and-dhs-warned-of-growing-threat-from-white-supremacists-months-ago/
    “White Supremacist Extremism Poses Persistent Threat of Lethal Violence,” was prepared by the FBI and DHS. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3924852-White-Supremacist-Extremism-JIB.html

  2. Brownshirts says:

    “A Pro-Trump Militant Group Has Recruited Thousands of Police, Soldiers, and Veterans : An Atlantic investigation reveals who they are and what they might do on Election Day.” https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/11/right-wing-militias-civil-war/616473/
    “What’s The Connection Between Civilian Militias And The Police?” https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2020/09/01/right-wing-militias-and-police
    “America Has a Militia Problem : And it goes deeper than you think.” https://thetriad.thebulwark.com/p/america-has-a-militia-problem
    “A Schema of Right-Wing Extremism in the United States” (International Centre for Counter-Terrorism) https://icct.nl/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/ASchemaofRWEXSamJackson.pdf
    This article argues that there are three primary categories of right-wing extremism in the United States: racist extremism, nativist extremism, and anti-government extremism. While there are substantial overlaps between these categories, treating them as analytically distinct can help analysts, researchers, and policymakers to recognize a wider variety of right-wing extremist activity in the country.

  3. Stay tuned... says:

    Michigan law enforcement is on high alert after the FBI revealed an alleged plot by extremist groups to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also involved a “plan to target and kill police.”
    “We’re cautious. We’re absolutely more careful,” said First Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police. “This is one of the tactics these anti-government, domestic terrorism groups use. Law enforcement is the face of the government. If you’re mad at the government, you’re mad at the police.” https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2020/10/12/extremist-groups-plot-kidnap-governor-included-plan-kill-police/5961147002/

  4. 4therecord says:

    On September 17, FBI Director Christopher Wray told the House of Representatives that the agency was conducting “a good bit north of 1,000 [investigations of far-right violence] this year.” This was “higher” than normal, he said, explaining that the threat posed by right-wing militias was “commensurate with ISIS.” https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/house-homeland-security-hearing-transcript-september-17-fbi-director-testifies
    The next day, Trump threatened to fire Wray for these comments, saying, “I did not like his answers yesterday,” and “Antifa is bad, really bad.” https://nypost.com/2020/09/18/trump-bothered-by-fbi-directors-testimony-on-antifa-and-china/
    Why the FBI is planning for possible Election Day violence (video) https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/10/19/armed-groups-voter-intimidation-us-election-2020-avlon-reality-check-newday-vpx.cnn

  5. Standing by says:

    ‘It is serious and intense’: white supremacist domestic terror threat looms large in US https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/19/white-supremacist-domestic-terror-threat-looms-large-in-us
    80% of the FBI’s anti-terrorism resources are used to fight international terrorism, 20% domestic.
    The bureau’s own figures compiled for 2008 to 2018 indicate that the balance of threat is the exact reverse – some 73% of all extremist murders in the US in that period were by far-right terrorists, only 23% by Islamist terrorists. https://www.courthousenews.com/fbi-officials-grilled-on-response-to-white-supremacist-threats/
    Meanwhile there is increasing evidence of white supremacist and anti-government groups developing “active links” with law enforcement officials. https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/hidden-plain-sight-racism-white-supremacy-and-far-right-militancy-law#footnote4_1nmcn1m
    An insight into the world that is being created by this heady combination of a supportive president and fraternizing local police amid the turmoil of the pandemic and a fast-approaching volatile election is afforded by a new podcast from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Baseless takes listeners inside the leadership of the Base, a domestic terror group dedicated to destroying US democracy and sparking a race war that they believe and hope will transform America into a white ethno-state. https://soundslikehate.org/season-one/baseless/#top

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