Report: Slump fuels
Officials warn extremists may try to recruit GIs returning from war
AP Writer Apr 15, 7:45 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security
officials are warning 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
members to their cause.
Honestly... does this really need comment?... I can only imagine the AP ****ing
itself when they found this unfortunate information that assumes some pretty
nasty things on our Soldiers as they continue to Fight on (2) fronts... If the
AP, and the Pukes @ Homeland Security had ANY Shame. - tha malcontent)
In an intelligence assessment issued to law enforcement last week, Homeland
Security officials said there was no specific information about an attack in the
works by right-wing extremists.
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 members who may not have been supportive
of these causes in the past.
Homeland Security spokesman Sean Smith said the report is one in a series of
assessments issued by the agency's intelligence and analysis unit. The agency
describes these assessments as part of a series published "to facilitate a
greater understanding of the phenomenon of violent radicalization in the United
In February, the department issued a report to law enforcement that said
left-wing extremist groups were likely to use cyber attacks more often in the
next 10 years to further their cause. And in September, the agency issued a
report that highlighted how right-wing extremists over the past five years have
used the immigration debate as a recruiting tool.
The latest assessment started making its way into the mainstream press after
conservative blogs got wind of the analysis. In this report, the agency warns
that imposing new restrictions on firearms and returning military veterans who
have difficulties assimilating back into their communities could lead to terror
groups or individuals attempting to carry out attacks. The returning war
veterans have skills and experience that are appealing to right-wing groups
looking to carry out an attack, according to the report.
The agency cites the April 4 killings of three Pittsburgh police officers as an
example of a the type of violence spurred by right-wing rhetoric.
"Despite similarities to the climate of the 1990s, the threat posed by lone
wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years," the
In the 1990s, the report said, a resurgence in right-wing extremism was brought
on by the poor economy and the outsourcing of jobs, with extremist groups
targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers and banks.
The growth was slowed after intense government scrutiny of the 1995 Oklahoma
City bombings, according to the report, but the Internet now gives extremists
more access to information about making bombs and weapons training. The new
technologies also make it easier for extremists to communicate, the report said,
and make it more difficult for law enforcement to detect or prevent an attack.
In November, after Barack Obama's election, law enforcement officials were
seeing more threats and unusual interest against a president-elect than ever
One of the most popular white supremacist Web sites got more than 2,000 new
members the day after the election, compared with 91 new members on Election
Day, according to an Associated Press count. The site, stormfront.org, was
temporarily off-line Nov. 5 because of the overwhelming amount of activity it
received after Election Day.
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