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US Scales Back Investigation of Right Wing Terrorism.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center has a disturbing piece, how the US Department For Homeland Security has scaled back its investigation into home grown right wing terrorism:

“The Southern Poverty Law Center this week urged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reassess the resources it devotes to investigating non-Islamic domestic extremism. The request came as the SPLC published an interview with a former top DHS analyst who charged that the department effectively dismantled the unit he once headed following the political right’s unjustified criticism of a 2009 report on right-wing terrorism.

“The department’s work should never be compromised by misguided criticism from any quarter,” SPLC President Richard Cohen wrote in a letter sent this week to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Daryl Johnson, who headed the DHS unit responsible for analyzing security threats from non-Islamic domestic extremists, was the principal author of the April 7, 2009, report “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”

The report was intended only for distribution to law enforcement agencies. But after it was leaked to the media, a firestorm erupted among conservative commentators who wrongly claimed it equated conservatives with terrorists. Within days, Napolitano had disowned it.

Daryl Johnson

Daryl Johnson

Johnson, who was interviewed for the upcoming summer issue of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report, said that following the controversy, the DHS dismantled the intelligence team that studied the threat from right-wing extremists and that the department no longer produces its own analytical reports on that subject. When the 2009 report was written, there were six analysts in the unit, including Johnson. Today, he said, there is one.”

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  1. After pulling the SPLC report-up, I think Mr. Johnson has valid concerns. I found it interesting that he is a registered Republican and considers himself strongly conservative.

    We need to be on the look out for extremists on the left and the right, both inside and outside our country. Anyone who tells you that only one side is to blame for our countries woes had drunk the Kool-Aid and probably falls into the opposite extreme camp.

    Face it…these issues are never clean. Look at unions – they have in many cases gotten way too much power and needed to be brought back in line; but at the same time, they have brought much needed reforms to industries which have repeatedly shown they values profits over people (from the Triangle Shirt Factory in the early 20th century or Massey Coal most recently).

    I share the concern that some SPLC views are far left, but they also were the only ones with the courage to take-on and win decisively against the KKK in the late 80s when no one else could/would.

    Bottom Line: Until we have the courage to consider all the facts, stop jumping on sound bytes to blame the far Right/Left for our problems, and face these messy issues with honestly we’ll continue to get nowhere as a country.

    Just Sayin'

    12/06/2011 at 20:54

  2. The facts speak for themselves, violence is integral to the extreme right-wing’s philosophy, that’s why the KKK firebombed churches, that’s why right-wing terrorist bomb buildings, etc the US government is negligent if it does not take that into account and monitor them.


    12/06/2011 at 21:12

  3. […] political violence is intrinsic to the Far Right needs greater acceptance amongst the media and political classes, who will often gloss over this issue without any real understanding of its […]

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