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10 years ago #DHS sent American law enforcement agencies an intelligence briefing warning of a rising threat of #domestic #RightWing #extremism, including #WhiteSupremacist #terrorism.
#economicrecession & election of America’s 1st #blackpresident fertile ground #radicalization
Military #veterans returning from #Iraq & #Afghanistan, would be attractive #targets for #recruitment, #Republican #politicians & #conservativepundits reacted with outrage & demanded a retraction. The small team of domestic terrorism analysts who had produced report was disbanded
and analysts were reassigned to study #Muslim #extremism, according to Daryl Johnson, the career federal intelligence analyst who had led the team, By the next year, Johnson had been forced out of the #DHS altogether..
Should communities targeted by #WhiteNationalist violence
feel confident that their government is doing enough to protect them?
they shouldn’t because for past 10 years, government has failed us on issue
I always believed you shouldn’t hurt anybody else, physically, emotionally. Treat people with respect. I was a conservative Mormon, at time of report, I was against gay marriage. But believed every human being had a right to be safe & free & shouldn’t be harmed for their beliefs.
What would it look like for #Republicans to respond appropriately to this threat?
1st thing when one of these #MassShootings happens & it’s linked to #antiimmigrant #zealotry, or #hatred of #Muslims, is calling it out for what it is.
By arguing “this persona is #mentallyill” or “this person is a crazed gunman” or “this person has committed a hate crime”, you’re doing a #disservice to the #victims & their families & to the nation by not acknowledging it’s #Terrorism
What would be signs that US government’s approach to #WhiteNationalistTerrorism?
They acknowledge the #threat & call it what it is. It’s going to take years to counter it, to put the genie back in the bottle. This movement has grown & mushroomed over a decade, & it’s festering.
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