Right-wing Extremists in the U.S.

Source: Russian Television, July 12

According to a New America Foundation report, right-wing extremists have killed nearly twice as many Americans through domestic terrorism as “jihadists” have since 9/11. However, the same database shows that Muslims constitute a much higher percentage of those indicted on terrorism charges or killed when confronted by authorities. Despite being responsible for only 35 percent of the terrorism casualties, they account for 60 percent of terrorism indictments. The reason for the discrepancy is that right-wing extremists tend not to be monitored or investigated as heavily.

Shortly after President Barack Obama’s election – particularly after a groundbreaking 2009 Department of Homeland Security report on the threat of right-wing extremism – Republican lawmakers, along with conservative media and lobbying groups, argued that the White House was politicizing the term “extremism” in order to deploy law enforcement against otherwise lawful dissidents, such as those affiliated with the Tea Party.

In order to help defuse this narrative, national security agencies were tightly restricted in how they may monitor and prosecute right-wing groups. The Department of Homeland Security was stripped down to the point that it has one analyst to monitor all non-Muslim domestic terrorist activity – and the organization no longer collects any statistics on right-wing extremists.


2 responses to “Right-wing Extremists in the U.S.

  1. Michael Gundy

    Ah, everyone loves a conspiracy theory as much as a parade. So, the article does not inform us about the total dead killed either by right wing American crazies or jihadist crazies. Are we dealing with dozens, hundreds or thousands. I presume the conspiracy is to create content for a slow news summer edition.

  2. I think there’s little doubt that the US perspective on many things is distorted by politics/money/power. The extract below discusses the distortion regarding deaths from firearms. But the arms manufacturers are happy. The media is mostly happy. What’s not to like?

    The annual toll from firearms in the US is running at 32,000 deaths.
    That 212,994 more Americans lost their lives from firearms in the last 45 years than in all wars involving the US (since the Battle of Lexington) is a staggering fact
    (1,171,177 in wars v. 1,384,171 killed by firearms since 1968), particularly when you place it in the context of the safety-conscious, “secondary smoke” obsessions that characterise so much of American life.
    About their own safety, Americans often have an unusual ability to hold two utterly opposed ideas in their heads simultaneously. That can only explain the past decade in which the fear of terror has cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars in wars, surveillance and intelligence programmes and homeland security. Ten years after 9/11, homeland security spending doubled to $69bn . The total bill since the attacks is more than $649bn.
    One more figure. There have been fewer than 20 terror-related deaths on American soil since 9/11 and about 364,000 deaths caused by privately owned firearms.
    If any European nation had such a record and persisted in addressing only the first figure, while ignoring the second, you can bet your last pound that the State Department would be warning against travel to that country and no American would set foot in it without body armour.