You can't handle the truth about terror: Column
We're fixated on foreign threats. But it's our own homegrown terrorists who pose the greater danger.
Another homegrown attack involving an American killing other Americans. This comes at a time when police officers are being killed, government properties occupied, and immigrants threatened. And the response is predictable. We are fixated on a foreign threat instead of the diverse ideologies breathing life into their adherents, and we ignore the fact that American citizens have committed 80% of the terrorist attacks in the U.S. since 9/11.
Before the tragic massacre in Orlando, Democratic Reps.
Research and reports on anti-government movements have documented trends and forecast events. However, they have been all but ignored and even rebuffed. In 2009, the
Among other elements, the DHS report described the Sovereign Citizens, a movement based on conspiratorial beliefs about the legitimacy of the founding of the United States. The report contained valuable law enforcement training information useful for officer safety. Unfortunately, the report never reached West Memphis, where Arkansas officers
In a 2015 survey of state and local law enforcement, the threat from anti-government extremists ranked higher than the threat from radicalized Muslims. In fact 74% of 382 law enforcement agencies rated anti-government extremism as one of the top three terrorist threats in their jurisdiction. By comparison, 39% listed Muslim terrorist organizations as a top-3 terrorist threat.
The congressional forum shed a light on 998 active extreme anti-government groups in 2015, as compared to the last high of 858 groups in 1996, the year after theOklahoma City bombings committed by
In the bombings of the
Little could we know that a man born on Long Island would enter a nightclub in Orlando and come close to matching the domestic terror death toll for an entire year in one night. As we continue to focus on the threat of ISIL and its alleged nexus to immigration and concern regarding returning foreign fighters, perhaps recent events would suggest otherwise. The cold hard truth is that America has a homegrown terrorism problem, and holding up a mirror to our country offers a sobering notion of who tomorrow’s suspects may be. Without data, you are just another person with an opinion.
By: Erroll Southers
Source: USA Today
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