Why Are We Ignoring Right-Wing Threats to Our Security?
Posted Aug 15, 2012


Why Are We Ignoring Right-Wing Threats to Our Security?

by Sheila Musaji


In an article on the Sikh Temple massacre, I commented on the many warnings we have had about the threat of homegrown right-wing terrorism that have been ignored:

Rep. Peter King held a series of “radicalization hearings which focused only on Muslim perpetrators.  Our article Answers to Peter King’s Claims About the American Muslim Community discusses these hearings at length.  When Rep. King was specifically asked to broaden the scope to include all radicalization no matter its source - he refused.  In fact, his response was “To include other groups, such as neo-Nazis and extreme environmentalists in this hearing would be extraneous and diffuse its efficacy.  It would also send the false message that our Committee believes that there is any threat equivalency between these disparate groups and Islamist terrorism. Very simply, the Committee cannot ignore the fact that al Qaeda is actively attempting to recruit individuals living within the Muslim American community to commit acts of terror…I will not allow political correctness to obscure a real and dangerous threat to the safety and security of the citizens of the United States.”

In 2009, Janet Napolitano warned about the threat from right-wing extremists, and she was ignored. 

In 2010, FBI Director, Robert Mueller warned that homegrown extremists are as threatening as Al Qaeda.  He was ignored.

In 2010, former President Bill Clinton issued a warning on the extremist mood in US.  Clinton was quoted as saying in part “We are again dealing with difficulties in a contentious, partisan time … As we exercise the right to advocate our views, and as we animate our supporters, we must all assume responsibility for our words and actions before they enter a vast echo chamber and reach those both serious and delirious, connected and unhinged.”  He was ignored.

In 2011, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the chairman of the Homeland Security Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee introduced a bill to add 6 drug cartels to foreign terrorist list but it didn’t happen.  He was ignored, even though U.S. authorities have reported a spike in killings, kidnappings and home invasions connected to Mexico’s cartels, and at least 19 Americans were killed in 2008.  Another 92 Americans were killed between June 2009 and June 2010.

Our articles Claim that all terrorists are Muslims ignores history and 17,000+ “Islamic terrorist” attacks exist only in fevered Islamophobic brains provide a great deal of information on the fact that extremism, violence, and terrorism are not confined to Muslims.  Also see Mother Jones’ A Guide to Mass Shootings in America which notes that “Since 1982, there have been at least 58 mass murders* carried out with firearms across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii. We’ve mapped them below, including details on the shooters’ identities, the types of weapons they used, and the number of victims they injured and killed.”

Our regularly updated collection of violent or terrorist acts carried out by non-Muslims is very lengthy.  We are only half way through 2012, and here are the updates that we have so far for this year.  Each of these was referred to as an “isolated incident”:

UPDATES 2012
— January 2012, Samuel Arrington was arrested for a series of 55 arson fires across Los Angeles. 
— Ray Lazier Lengend, a 40-year-old of Guyanese descent arrested on five counts of criminal possession of a weapon, five counts of arson one considered a hate crime for a series of molotov coctail firebombings in NYC (including a mosque).
—  Anthony Graziano, a teenager was arrested following an investigation into the firebombing of a Rutherford synagogue, Congregation Beth El, and the home of Rabbi Nossom Schuman and his family earlier in the month.
— Dallin Morgan, and Joshua Hogan were arrested in Utah for allegedly planning to bomb their high school assembly and make their getaway in a stolen plane.
— Bobby Joe Rogers, 41, firebombed the American Family Planning Clinic in Pensacola, Florida with a Molotov cocktail; the fire gutted the building.
— March 2012: The Offices of Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis were firebombed
— April 2012: An abortion clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin was bombed
— T.J. Lane, a student opened fire in a cafeteria at Chardon High School in Ohio, killing three students and injuring two others before he was arrested.
— J.T. Ready, a former Marine, a neo-Nazi and member of the anti-immigrant Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, strapped on body armor, grabbed several firearms, and then killed four people in Gilbert, Arizona.  ** He was the target of an FBI terrorism investigation at the time of the shooting.  **
— One Goh, a Korean American opened fire at a Christian college in California on Monday, killing at least seven people and wounding three
— Two men pleaded guilty to conspiring to buy weapons illegally for what federal agents describe as a terrorist plot by a fringe militia group. The F.B.I. recorded conversations in which the men, Frederick Thomas, 73, and Dan Roberts, 67, discussed plans to detonate explosives and shoot government workers in Atlanta, Georgia and other cities. 
— Five people, claiming to be anarchists, have been arrested in Cleveland for trying to blow up a four-lane bridge across the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Douglas Wright, 26, of Indianapolis; Brandon Baxter, 20, of Lakewood, Ohio; Anthony Hayne, 35, of Cleveland; Connor Stevens, 20, of Berea; and Joshua Stafford, 23, of Cleveland were arrested and charged with conspiracy and attempted use of explosive material to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce.
— Christopher Hecker was arrested and charged with making death threats against the president and threatened to bomb the White House, hotels and other places, including Philadelphia City Hall and the site of the former World Trade Center.  **
— Twelve white supremacists have been arrested in Melbourne, Florida crime and criminal conspiracy charges filed stemming from an alleged plot to attack a rival, anti-racism group at a rally they expected to happen in downtown Melbourne.  **
— Marcus Faella,  Christopher Brooks, Richard Stockdale, Kent McLellan, Patricia Faella, Jennifer McGowan, Mark McGowan, Diane Stevens, Paul Jackson, and Dustin Perry, arrested in Florida.  Members of a neo-Nazi organization known as the American Front 17 which is considered a domestic terrorism group.  Arrested for “planning and preparing the AF for what he believes to be an inevitable race war” and had stated “his intent ... to kill Jews, immigrants and other minorities.”  **
— Joseph Benjamin Thomas and Samuel James Johnson arrested for a plot to blow up the Mexican consulate in St. Paul, Minnesota, and attempting to form a militant supremacist group called the Aryan Liberation Movement targeting minorities, liberals, and government officials.  **
— Samuel James Johnson was one of two people arrested that federal investigators say were white supremacists who had plans to attack. Specific details on the plot have not been released but what we do know is it included a number of guns and the intent to hurt government workers and minorities.  The FBI says at some point, Johnson formed his own white supremacist group and was planning to recruit others in an attack against the government and minorities. He’s a former leader and member of the National Socialist Movement – a white supremacist group. **
— Darren Wesley Huff was convicted of transporting firearms across state lines with the intent to cause a civil disorder.  Huff intended to arrest public officials pursuant to “citizens arrest warrants,” which were directed at numerous local, state, and federal public officials, including sheriffs, police chiefs, and President Obama. When arrested Huff carried in his vehicle a .45 caliber handgun and an AK-47 with ammunition. He told people that day that he had 300-400 rounds of ammunition with the AK-47 **
— Brian Church, Jared Chase,  and, Brent Vincent Betterly, self-described anarchists, were arrested in Chicago in apparent plot to bomb Obama headquarters, and the mayor’s home ** Charged with conspiring to commit domestic terrorism **
— Unknown shooter killed one and injured seven in a Toronto Mall shooting.  **
— James Holmes burst into the emergency exit door of a theater and shot 71 people, killing 12, at a midnight premiere of the new Batman movie **
— Wade Michael Page, a former Army Psyops specialist, and white-supremacist carried out terrorist attack on a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, killing 6 and injuring 3 **

On TAM, we have published many articles discussing the dangers of terrorism, hate crimes, and violence from multiple sources.  Those articles clearly show that both in the United States, and in Europe, most terrorist acts have been committed by non-Muslims.

There have been numerous serious reports and studies published that also make the point that Muslims are not only not the only source of threats to our homeland security, they are not even the main source of threats to our homeland security.  For example: — Europol 2006 ReportEuropol 2007 ReportU.S. Dept. of Justice ReportTerrorism 2002 to 20052009 Homeland Security Report which warned of rising right-wing extremism. — Duke University Report: Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim-Americans“MPAC REPORT: Data on Post-9/11 Terrorism in the United States,”  SPLC report Terror From the Right.  In fact, we have a collection listing numerous such studies Existing Reports, Polls, and Studies on Islam, Muslims & Radicalization.

This year, the FBI Issued a warning that anti-government extremists opposed to taxes and regulations pose a growing threat to local law enforcement officers in the United States.  Reuters, the Washington Post and numerous others reported on this development.   These Sovereign citizens reject the authority of the Federal government, and often refuse to obey laws or pay taxes.  They deny that they are U.S. citizens and reject government authority to regulate their lives.  They are often connected with militia groups like posse comitatus.  The movement has been growing in prisons and spread by the internet.   The Southern Poverty Law Center has written about a resurgence of this movement here which includes information about violent incidents, intimidation, harrasment of law enforcement officers and judges, threats, vandalism, stockpiling weapons, and murder.   The ADL has an entry about the sovereign citizens movement under the category of extremism in America here.  The ADL also has a list of sovereign citizens incidents by state here

Here are the facts that we need to consider:

The Southern Poverty Law Center recently reported the highest number of hate groups ever recorded in U.S. history, with nearly 1,018 active groups.

Anti-Muslim hate groups have increased 300 percent in the last year, and the FBI reported a 50 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes.

Think Progress reported that according to a DHS 2009 report (which was withdrawn due to backlash from from mainstream conservatives), since 1995, there has been only one year (2001) in which Islamic terrorism topped the domestic terror chart. During this time period, Islamic terrorism accounted for only 12% of the attacks on U.S. soil. Eco-terrorism accounted for 30%.  Right wing extremists, have perpetrated fully 56% of domestic terror acts in the U.S. for the last 17 years.

The New America Foundation and Syracuse University’s Maxwell School have examined, charted, and analyzed 302 cases of homegrown jihadist and non-jihadist terrorism in the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.  As Steve Coll noted about this report “Of the three hundred domestic-terrorism cases studied, about a quarter arose from anti-government extremists, white supremacists, or terrorists animated by bias against another religion. And all of the most frightening cases—involving chemical, biological, and radiological materials—arose from right-wing extremists or anarchists. None arose from Islamist militancy.”

 

For some reason, all of these facts have been ignored, and elected representatives and government officials have continued to falsely claim that somehow Muslims were the greatest threat to our national security.  That is beginning to change, but it seems that the change is coming due to outside pressure.  Just this week, two important articles were published by investigative journalists.

Jordan Michael Smith published an article on Salon FBI:  Right Wing Terror Is Real in which he reports some very interesting facts

...  white supremacists and neo-Nazis have been recognized as genuine threats for years. FBI documents declassified in July reveal that the bureau has been worried about right-wing extremists for a long time — so many years, in fact, that many seem to have forgotten that white supremacists, who pioneered homegrown terrorism with the Ku Klux Klan, have not gone away.

The documents, which were collected by the invaluable National Security Archive and obtained partly through Freedom of Information Act requests, shed light on the problems coming from the extreme right. According to a 2004 FBI report, “right-wing terrorists pose a significant threat due to their propensity for violence” (note the FBI’s use of the term “right-wing” to define these terrorists, the phrase that so enraged conservatives when Napolitano employed it). These groups increased their recruitment efforts and rhetoric after 9/11, according to the report. White supremacists groups relied on broader anti-immigrant sentiment throughout the country to advance their efforts.

Perhaps more disturbingly, neo-Nazis were trying to infiltrate law enforcement agencies, according to a 2006 FBI report devoted to the subject. “White supremacist presence among law enforcement personnel is a concern due to the access they may possess to restricted areas vulnerable to sabotage and to elected officials or protected persons, whom they could see as potential targets for violence,” it reads. One idea far-right terrorists proposed was to walk into police stations and offer information, in order to determine an agency’s interest in any given organization.

Neo-Nazis were also pioneering a strategy they called “ghost skins,” which are attempts by right-wing extremists to keep quiet about their hateful views so as to blend into society and covertly advance their causes. “One white supremacist group has reportedly encouraged ghost skins to seek positions in law enforcement for the capability of alerting skinhead crews of pending investigative action against them,” says the report.

Another report released the same month revealed more about what it calls this “fascist path of stealth.” A ghost skin deliberately avoids shaving his head, wearing boots or braces, or anything that identifies his Nazi origins. “We strive to blend into society to be unrecognizable to the Jewish enemy,” one white-supremacist website is helpfully quoted as explaining. Prospective ghost skins are encouraged to join the military and receive training that can be passed on to other Nazis.

With chilling prescience, a 2007 report argued that the threat posed from white supremacists came less from organized groups than from “individuals acting alone upon the messages of hate espoused by these groups.” According to Jeffrey T. Richelson, a senior fellow at the NSA, who edited the document collection, “From what we know about this Wisconsin shooter, this potentially fits exactly into the documents analyses.” The shooting was not very different from what was generally predicted in the FBI materials, says Richelson.

Still, despite the primary threat coming from “lone wolf” terrorists, white supremacists have evinced interest in broader campaigns of suicide terrorism, according to the FBI. “These provide the movement with an ideal of self-sacrifice and a context for individuals to put themselves into fatal situations on behalf of its causes.” Terrorist acts could unify the movement and inspire others to carry out similar acts.

Finally, a September 2007 FBI threat assessment argued that “in terms of their distribution across the United States, white supremacists are the most pervasive because the issues driving them exist throughout the country.” They maintained a ready capability to commit acts of terrorism and violence due simply to their sheer numbers. White supremacists, the FBI held, tend to commit random acts of violence against minorities rather than premeditated targets — as may be the case with the murderer at the Sikh temple.

The FBI has said that the Wisconsin shooter likely had ties to right-wing white supremacist groups. It would not be the first time the bureau has warned of the threats coming from the far right, as these declassified documents prove. And now will not be the first time conservatives deny the terrorists and extremists lying in their midst.

Spencer Ackerman published an article on Wired DHS Crushed This Analyst for Warning About Far-Right Terror in which he reported on what happened to Daryl Johnson who

...  spent 15 years studying domestic terrorist groups — particularly white supremacists and neo-Nazis — as a government counterterrorism analyst, the last six of them at the Department of Homeland Security. There, he even homebrewed his own database on far-right extremist groups on an Oracle platform, allowing his analysts to compile and sift reporting in the media and other law-enforcement agencies on radical and potentially violent groups.

But Johnson’s career took an unexpected turn in 2009, when an analysis he wrote on the rise of “Right-Wing Extremism” (.pdf) sparked a political controversy. Under pressure from conservatives, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) repudiated Johnson’s paper — an especially bitter pill for him to swallow now that Wade Michael Page, a suspected white supremacist, killed at least six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. For Johnson, the shooting was a reminder that the government’s counterterrorism efforts are almost exclusively focused on al-Qaida, even as non-Islamist groups threaten Americans domestically.

“DHS is scoffing at the mission of doing domestic counterterrorism, as is Congress,” Johnson tells Danger Room. “There’ve been no hearings about the rising white supremacist threat, but there’s been a long list of attacks over the last few years. But they still hold hearings about Muslim extremism. It’s out of balance.” But even if that balance was reset, he concedes, that doesn’t necessarily mean the feds could have found Page before Sunday’s rampage.

Johnson left DHS in April 2010 after “they dissolved my team,” he says. Had he still been at DHS, he says he would have published an analysis calling attention to a growing number of attacks on mosques, which he thinks could serve as a “warning” to Sikh communities that are often mistaken for Muslim ones. But finding so-called “lone wolf” terrorists like Page is a challenge no matter their motivations, since they operate outside established extremist cells and often don’t have criminal records, making it difficult for law enforcement or homeland security officials to spot them.

Now a security consultant in the Washington D.C. area, Johnson used to work for DHS’ analysis shop, the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A). He supervised a team of six analysts studying what he calls “domestic non-Islamic extremism.” It’s a telling term: the DHS employed as many as 40 analysts who looked at al-Qaida and other jihadist groups’ inroads into the homeland.

Johnson ran everything else. One person on his team worked on the threat from anarchists; another, the threat from animal-rights extremists. Still others looked at anti-abortion radicalism, white supremacy and radical environmentalism. They were supplemented by analysts at the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; but outnumbered by the literally thousands of analysts, operatives and other counterterrorism officials throughout the government who focus on jihadism. “Salaries were our major budget item,” he recalls.

Then, in April 2009, Johnson warned that the election of the first African-American president, combined with recession-era economic anxieties, could fuel a rise in far-right violence. “DHS/I&A is concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities,” he wrote.

And so began a brief media firestorm. Conservative writers feared that the DHS was demonizing — even, potentially, criminalizing — mainstream right-wing speech. “It’s no small coincidence that [Secretary Janet] Napolitano’s agency disseminated the assessment just a week before the nationwide April 15 Tax Day Tea Party protests,” pundit Michelle Malkin speculated in the Washington Times. Others objected that Johnson’s report unfairly stigmatized veterans.

It surprised Johnson. An Eagle Scout leader from northern Virginia in his early 40s, Johnson became interested in counterterrorism in his teens, after an Arkansas standoff between federal authorities and a millenarian group called The Covenant The Sword And The Arm of The Lord, which stockpiled weapons and explosives to bring about Armageddon. “I was always fascinated with why people use religion to justify violence and believe the world was ending — and had a role to play in hastening that end,” Johnson said.

Stung, DHS responded by cutting “the number of personnel studying domestic terrorism unrelated to Islam, canceled numerous state and local law enforcement briefings, and held up dissemination of nearly a dozen reports on extremist groups,” the Washington Post reported in June 2009.

According to Johnson, his former team now consists of a single analyst tasked with tracking all domestic non-Islamic extremism. His database has been shuttered.

Asked for comment, DHS disputed Johnson’s claim that it gives non-Islamic extremism short shrift.

“The Department of Homeland Security protects our country from all threats, whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence,” spokesman Matt Chandler told Danger Room. “we face a threat environment where violent extremism is neither constrained by international borders, nor limited to any single ideology. This is not a phenomenon restricted solely to any one particular community and our efforts to counter violent extremism (CVE) are applicable to all ideologically motivated violence. DHS continues to work with its state, local, tribal, territorial and private partners to prevent and protect against potential threats to the United States by focusing on preventing violence that is motivated by extreme ideological beliefs.”

...  Indeed, since Johnson released his ill-fated report, the Wichita, Kansas, abortion doctor George Tiller was assassinated; a security guard was killed when a gunman with neo-Nazi ties went on a shooting spree at the U.S. Holocaust Museum; the FBI arrested members of a Florida neo-Nazi outfit tied to drug dealing and motorcycle gangs; a man was charged with attempting to detonate a weapon of mass destruction at a Spokane, Washington march commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday; and several mosques around the country have been vandalized or attacked — including a Missouri mosque that burned to the ground on Monday, which had been attacked before.  Read the rest of the article here

Actually, in just the past month there have been thirteen attacks on houses of worship and facilities associated with minority religious communities.

—An Nur Islamic Center in Ontario, California had pig legs thrown on the sites driveways.
— Prayers at a Hayward, California Mosque were disrupted by teenagers throwing lemons and oranges, and shooting bb guns, and insulting worshippers.  Four teens were arrested.
— The College Preparatory School at the Lombard, Illinois Mosque was hit with an acid filled bottle thrown during Taraweh prayers.
—The Muslim Education Center Mosque in Morton Grove, Illinois had shots fired narrowly missing a security guard during Taraweh prayers when hundreds were inside praying. David Conrad has been arrested.
— There was a second arson attack on the Joplin, Missouri mosque this summer. The first attempted arson was on July 4th, this time the entire mosque was engulfed in flames.
— The North Smithfield Mosque in Rhode Island was vandalized
— The Oklahoma City Mosque in Oklahoma was vandalized by having paint balls fired at it.
— A Holocaust Memorial in Sheepshead Bay Park, New York was vandalized.
— A firecracker was left in the mailbox of a St. Augustine, Florida Synagogue causing a bomb scare.
— The Mother of the Savior Lutheran Church (Arab Christians) in Dearborn, Michigan was vandalized with broken windows twice in a week. 
— There was a deadly terrorist attack on a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin.  The perpetrator possibly thought it was a mosque.

Why does it take investigative journalism and freedom of information act requests to find this information?  Why are these facts not public knowledge?  Whose interest does it serve to insist on ignoring a very real source of danger?  Why are the warnings of individuals like Janet Napolitano, FBI Director Robert Mueller, former President Bill Clinton ignored when they point to a source of danger coming from anyone other than Muslims? 

Yes, there are terrorists who are Muslim, and they are dangerous, and so are all other terrorists or extremists who justify violence on the basis of any religious interpretation or political ideology.  I am just as concerned about all extremists and terrorists no matter what their ideology.   And, I believe that government and law enforcement officials should be just as concerned. 

Those whose hatred for Muslims is so great that it blinds them to reality and to justice, are actually enabling the terrorists and making us all less safe. 

 

SEE ALSO:

2011 Annual Report: Zero Civilians in U.S. Killed by Islamic Terrorism… Just Like Every Year Since, Danios http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/annual-report-zero-civilians-in-u.s.-killed-by-islamic-terrorism8230-just-l

17,000+ “Islamic terrorist” attacks exist only in fevered Islamophobic brains, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/17000_islamic_terrorist_attacks_exist_in_fevered_islamophobic_brains

A terrorist by any other name,  Jon Pahl http://www.commongroundnews.org/article.php?id=27612&lan=en&sid=1&sp=0&isNew=1

Colorado Shooting Highlights Double Standards on Defining Terrorism, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/what-if

Actually, Many Muslim Terrorists Are as Unbalanced as Jared Loughner, Cord Jefferson http://www.good.is/post/like-jared-loughner-many-muslim-terrorists-suffer-from-mental-health-issues/

Call the Colorado shootings what they were: terrorism, Dawinder Sidhu http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-colorado-shooting-terrorism-20120724,0,285198.story

Citizens for National Security and Rep. Allen West Bring Islamophobia to Congress, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/cfns

Claim that all terrorists are Muslims ignores history, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/claim_that_all_terrorists_are_muslims_ignores_history

Florida terrorism arrest follows tip from local Muslims, MPAC http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/florida-terrorism-arrest-follows-tip-from-local-muslims

Homegrown Terrorism, Sahar Aziz http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/speech-at-duke-university

Hutaree Christian Militia, Not an Isolated Phenomena, Sheila Musaji http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/hutaree_christian_militia_not_an_isolated_phenomena/0018035

Hutaree Militia Arrests Point to Tripling of Militias since 2008 http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2010/0329/Hutaree-militia-arrests-point-to-tripling-of-militias-since-2008

The MEK and terrorism double standards, Sheila Musaji (with TAM article collection on MEK)  http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/some-terrorist-groups

Militia Movement: Extremism in America, ADL http://www.adl.org/learn/ext_us/militia_m.asp?xpicked=4&item=19

Militias Seen as Gaining Strength http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-04-16-militia-movement-on-the-rise_N.htm

Officials See Rise In Militia Groups Across US, Eileen Sullivan http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/12/officials-see-rise-in-mil_n_257128.html 

Oklahoma City bombing: Is 1995 repeating itself today?, Peter Grier http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0419/Oklahoma-City-bombing-Is-1995-repeating-itself-today

Sarah Palin, Blame, and Responsibility, Sheila Musaji (Arizona shooting)  http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/sarah_palin_is_a_little_confused

Perceptions of terrorism, post 9/11, Erin McIver http://www.themontrealreview.com/2009/Perceptions-of-Terrorism.php

The Return of Christian Terrorism, Mark Juergensmeyer http://religiondispatches.org/archive/religionandtheology/2432/the_return_of_christian_terrorism________/ 

Selective Counterterrorism Practices Threaten Social Mobility of American Muslims, Sahar Aziz http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/selective-counterterrorism-practices-threaten-social-mobility-of-american-m

Some terrorism scares are more useful than others http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2011/01/20/some-terrorism-scares-are-more-useful-than-other-terrorism-scares/

Robert Spencer and the Big Lie About “Islamic” Terrorism Threat, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/robert-spencers-specious-arguments

SPLC Urges DHS to Reassess Resources After Key Analyst Reveals Unit on Domestic Terror was Scaled Back in Wake of Right-Wing Criticism http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/splc-urges-dhs-to-reassess-resources-after-key-analyst-reveals-unit-on-domestic-terror-was-scaled-back

SPLC Report: “Patriot” Groups, Militias Surge in Number in Past Year http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/splc-report-number-of-patriot-groups-militias-surges-by-244-in-past-year

Terrorism:  In our TAM article collection Hirabah - Jihad - Terrorism - Violence - Just War - Crusades we provide links to many resources to better understand this discussion http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/hirabah_jihad_terrorism_violence_just_war_crusades/003090

The terrorist attack on the Sikh Temple Must be a wake up call, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/psyops/0019283

The terrorist as public relations expert (Breivik), Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_terrorist_as_media

Todays Eerie Similarities to Oklahoma City, Aitan Goelman http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0410/35993.html

The “War on Terror” Creates “Islamic” Terrorism, Danios http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the-war-on-terror-creates-islamic-terrorism

Was Joseph Stack a terrorist, Kevin Drum http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2010/02/was-joseph-stack-terrorist

What Americans Can Do to Discourage Future McVeighs, Kathleen Parker http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/16/AR2010041603842.html 

What if they were Muslim http://whatiftheyweremuslim.com/

When is a terrorist group not a terrorist group?, Ed Drum http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/03/when-terrorist-group-not-terrorist-group

White House Releases “New” Counter-terrorism Strategy, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/law_enforcement_training_on_islam_and_muslims

Why are Mexican drug cartels not listed as terrorist organizations http://tucsoncitizen.com/view-from-baja-arizona/2010/08/17/mexican-drug-cartels-are-not-listed-as-official-terrorist-organizations/

Why Can’t Terrorists Be Mentally Ill, Too?, Cord Jefferson http://www.thenation.com/blog/169063/why-cant-terrorists-be-mentally-ill-too#

Why is no one calling Jared Loughner a terrorist http://www.good.is/post/why-is-nobody-calling-jared-loughner-a-terrorist/

Why Is a mosque not like a church?, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/why-is-a-mosque-not-like-a-church/0019293