2312 - Most of the designated terrorist groups in the #US
are right-wing extremists, not #Muslim
, according to a new report.
A joint project by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, a nonprofit media centre, and news outlet Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting took a look at the 201 designated terrorism incidents within the US from 2008 to 2016.
The results: “right-wing extremists were behind nearly twice as many incidents” as terror acts associated with those identified as “Islamist domestic terrorism”. The report identified 63 incidents involving those “motivated by a theocratic political ideology espoused by such groups as the #Islamic
State”. In that time period, this includes the #SanBernardino
shootings and #Boston
Marathon bombings, among others.
Right-wing extremists, often white supremacists, were responsible for 115 incidents within the same period. Events like Robert Dear’s killing of three people at a #Colorado
Planned Parenthood women's health clinic in December 2015 for offering abortion services would fall into this category.
In terms of police action, 76 per cent of the Islamist incidents were thwarted versus just 35 per cent of the right-wing extremist incidents.
Sting operations were used in nearly half of the Islamist-related incidents, a rate four times higher than police operations on right and left-wing extremist acts.
More people died in the Islamist incidents, a total of 90 due to mass shootings like the one in Fort Hood, #Texas
However, around 33 per cent of right-wing extremist incidents involved deaths versus 13 per cent of Islamist terror acts. They also caused 79 deaths.
Regarding violent extremism on the left of the political spectrum, between 2008 and 2016 there were 19 incidents and seven deaths. The recent shooting on Republican Congressman playing baseball in Alexandria, #Virginia
falls under this category.
The evidence appears to belie #DonaldTrump
’s rhetoric, however.
The report said that Mr Trump’s “fixation” on “radical Islamic terrorism” is “irrational”. The “shutdown of #Muslims
” was a key platform issue throughout his presidential campaign and some of his closest CONTINUE READING 👇👇