a new report issued by the Department of Homeland Security that says right-wing extremism is on the rise throughout the country.
In the report (a full copy of which is below), officials warn that right-wing extremists could use the bad state of the U.S. economy and the election of the country's first black president to recruit new members to their cause.
In the intelligence assessment issued to law enforcement last week, Homeland Security officials said there was no specific information about an attack from right-wing extremists in the works.
The agency warns that an extended economic downturn with real estate foreclosures, unemployment and an inability to obtain credit could foster an environment for extremists to recruit new members who may not have been supportive of these causes in the past.
Right-wing extremists seen as a threat
A Homeland Security report says right-wing groups are on the rise because of fears about Obama and the recession.
"The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for right-wing radicalization and recruitment," the report warns in the first of a series of findings.
Overall, the document describes an economic and political climate that has "similarities to the 1990s, when right-wing extremism experienced a resurgence fueled largely by an economic recession, criticism about the outsourcing of jobs, and the perceived threat to U.S. power and sovereignty by other foreign powers."
"The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today," the report said.
The report also said a push for new immigration legislation that would grant residency or citizenship to people who entered the country illegally could fuel anger among groups fearing competition for jobs.
The Oklahoma City bombing
he Oklahoma City bombing occurred on April 19, 1995 when American militia movement sympathizer Timothy McVeigh, with the assistance of Terry Nichols, destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was the most significant act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11 attacks in 2001, claiming the lives of 168 victims and injuring more than 680. The blast destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a sixteen–block radius, destroyed or burned 86 cars, and shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings. The bomb was estimated to have caused at least $652 million worth of damage.
Motivated by the federal government's handling of the Waco Siege (1993) and the Ruby Ridge incident (1992), McVeigh's attack was timed to coincide with the second anniversary of the Waco Siege. Within 90 minutes of the explosion McVeigh was stopped by Oklahoma State Trooper Charlie Hanger for driving without a license plate, and arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon. Forensic evidence quickly linked McVeigh and Nichols to the attack, and within days they were arrested and charged; Michael and Lori Fortier were later identified as accomplices. Extensive rescue efforts were undertaken by local, state, federal, and worldwide agencies in the wake of the bombing, and substantial donations were received from across the country. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) activated eleven of its Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces, consisting of 665 rescue workers who assisted in rescue and recovery operations. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_City_bombing
McVEIGH'S MIND: A special report.;Oklahoma Bombing Suspect: Unraveling of a Frayed Life http://www.nytimes.com/1995/12/31/us/mcveigh-s-mind-special-report-oklahoma-bombing-suspect-unraveling-frayed-life.html
Attack On Jewish Center
The attack on North Valley Jewish Community Center and the slaying of U.S. postal worker Joseph Ileto by Buford O. Furrow Jr., a white supremacist, took place on August 10, 1999.
Furrow was equipped with a 9 mm Israeli-designed Uzi submachine gun and a Glock semiautomatic pistol when he arrived at the center and sprayed 70 rounds across the lobby.
Receptionist Isabelle Shalometh, camp counselor Mindy Finkelstein, and day campers James Sidell, Joshua Stepakoff and Benjamin Kadish were wounded in the attack.
Kadish spent 44 days hospitalized and still walks with a limp.
Furrow then carjacked a vehicle and headed to Chatsworth, where Filipino-American Joseph Ileto was filling in on a letter-carrying route. Ileto was shot nine times.
Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
On July 27, 2008, Jim David Adkisson, 58, entered TVUUC’s sanctuary during a children’s musical performance and began firing a shotgun he had been carrying in a guitar case. Before being tackled by congregants, he fatally wounded Greg McKendry, 60, a member of TVUUC, and Linda Kraeger, 61, a Westside member. Six people were injured: Joe Barnhart, a Westside member; his daughter Linda Chavez; his brother Jack Barnhart; Betty Barnhart, Jack’s wife; Tammy Sommers, a TVUUC member; Allison Lee; and John Worth.
After the shooting police found a letter in Adkisson’s car in which he described his “hatred of the liberal movement, liberals in general, as well as gays.” Adkisson had been married to a former TVUUC member ten years earlier. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison in February 2009. http://www.uuworld.org/news/articles/145107.shtml
Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity on accused shooter's reading list. 4-page letter outlines frustration, hatred of 'liberal movement'. Adkisson targeted the church, Still wrote in the document obtained by WBIR-TV, Channel 10, "because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country, and that he felt that the Democrats had tied his country's hands in the war on terror and they had ruined every institution in America with the aid of media outlets." Adkisson told Still that "he could not get to the leaders of the liberal movement that he would then target those that had voted them in to office." http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/Jul/28/church-shooting-police-find-manifesto-suspects-car/
George Tiller killing
Scott Roeder: The Tiller Murder Suspect: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1902189,00.html
Suspect in Tiller's death supported killing abortion providers, friends say. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/256/story/69151.html
Scott Roeder, 51, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and aggravated assault charges in the May 31 shooting death of Tiller in the foyer of his Wichita church. The Kansas City, Mo., man has refused to discuss his case, but he has told The Associated Press that Tiller's killing was justified to save "the lives of unborn children."
Roeder has court-appointed defense attorneys, but he apparently has now turned to Michael Hirsh, the lawyer who represented Paul Hill on appeal for killing a Florida abortion provider and his bodyguard in 1994. Hill was executed in 2003 after the Florida Supreme Court rejected Hirsh's argument that the judge should have allowed Hill to present to jurors his claim that the killings were justified to prevent abortions.
Holocaust Museum shooter
Neo-Nazi James von Brunn's ex-wife: he vowed to go out 'with boots on'
He's a twisted kook with a toxic hatred for Jews and blacks who vowed to go out "with his boots on."
White supremacist James von Brunn, 88, apparently tried to make good on his promise Wednesday - storming the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and murdering a security guard.
The firefight, which left von Brunn in critical condition, capped a life spent spewing hatred.
James Wenneker Von Brunn, the suspect in the shootings at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., is a long-time neo-Nazi and white supremacist who has vehemently expressed his anti-Semitic and racist views for decades—and sometimes acted on them as well. Von Brunn, 88, was a peripheral but well-respected figure among American white supremacists. http://www.adl.org/main_Extremism/von_brunn_background.htm?Multi_page_sections=sHeading_4
Anti-tax rally offers good return. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-erskine5-2009jul05,1,2322524.column
No Attempt By "Mainstream" Media to Cover Tea Party Visibility. If you are a Conservative like the tens of thousands we're hearing about on the few sources that actually truthfully support telling the whole story, you're automatically stamped, stereotyped and cruelly ridiculed as a closed minded, stupid angry old white person acting not of your own accord but at the behest of Karl Rove or something. http://newsblaze.com/story/20090816135644zzzz.nb/topstory.html
More GOP crazy: "Town hells!" http://www.salon.com/opinion/walsh/?last_story=/opinion/walsh/politics/2009/08/05/town_hells/
Dr. Frank I. Luntz – The Language of Healthcare 2009. http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/frank-luntz-the-language-of-healthcare-20091.pdf
Disruptions drown out debate at health care meetings. http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/08/10/health.care.questions/
Noise dooms health-care reform. Result will hurt Americans who can't get insurance. http://www.theleafchronicle.com/article/20090830/COLUMNISTS02/908300339
Guns at Healthcare protests
Man carries assault rifle to Obama protest -- and it's legal. http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/08/17/obama.protest.rifle/index.html?iref=newssearch http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2009/08/frommer_arizona_gun_ban.html