Islamic terrorists? What Islamic terrorists? We’ve got those right-wing bogeymen to fear instead.
They’re carrying out sporadic terror attacks on police, have threatened attacks on government buildings and reject government authority.
A new intelligence assessment, circulated by the Department of Homeland Security earlier this month and reviewed by CNN, focuses on the domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign citizen extremists, and comes as the Obama administration holds a White House conference to focus efforts to fight violent extremism.
How convenient this report comes after three days of Obama denying reality at his dog and pony show in front of his Islamist buddies.
A survey last year of state and local law enforcement officers listed sovereign citizen terrorists, ahead of foreign Islamists, and domestic militia groups as the top domestic terror threat.
The survey was part of a study produced by the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.
In 2013 a man who held anti-government views carried out a shooting attack on three Transportation Security Administration employees at the Los Angeles Airport, killing one TSA officer. Last year a couple killed two police officers and a bystander at a Las Vegas Walmart store.
No evidence they were “right-wing,” but why quibble with reality? And cure the SPLC:
Mark Potok, senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said by some estimates there are as many as 300,000 people involved in some way with sovereign citizen extremism. Perhaps 100,000 people form a core of the movement, he said.
It was the SPLC that inspired left-wing terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins, by the way.
Potok says sovereign citizen groups have attracted support because of poor economic conditions. Some groups travel the country pitching their ideology as a way to help homeowners escape foreclosure or get out of debt, by simply ignoring the courts and bankruptcy law.
Maybe Team Obama can have a jobs fair for these mythical right-wing terrorists.