UNITED STATES, [US]--Many Americans, including those in leadership positions, believe the dominant terrorist threat to the United States originates abroad and is motivated by an extremist interpretation of Islam. They’re wrong. The narrative that posits terrorism is primarily a tactic of foreign-born extremist Muslims is woefully and dangerously incomplete. It’s time to get our facts straight. White supremacist groups are growing in size, lethality and capability. While the United States spent more than a decade disrupting terrorist organizations abroad, a different threat was growing here at home. Its ambitions were different, but its tactics increasingly mirrored those being used by ou
RICHMOND, [VA]--A new Virginia bill that would define domestic terrorism and terror organizations, in an attempt to prevent tragedies such as the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, is garnering both support and opposition. The bill, introduced by Del. Marcia Price (D-Newport News) with guidance from Attorney General Mark Herring, defines domestic terrorism as a violent or criminal act that aims to intimidate or instill fear in someone because of their race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability, or to stop a person from pursuing their constitutional rights. In addition, the bill would empower the Superintendent of the Virginia State Police to des
UNITED STATES, [US]--For the past two months, the United States has stood in shock after 97 people were killed in the most recent mass murders. Questions and possible solutions to these murders inundate public debate and blame has been pointed in several directions. When an Uzbek man, who came to the U.S. through the diversity visa program, plowed into a bike lane with a truck in Manhattan and killed eight people earlier this month, President Donald Trump was swift to call for the death penalty and asked Congress to gut the diversity visa program. In contrast, his response to the Sutherland Springs shooting in Texas, in which a white man shot and killed 26 people, was: “I think that mental
UNITED STATES, [US]--Just over two months ago, on August 12, 2017, James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into a crowd of peaceful counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, killing Heather Heyer, one of the demonstrators. Fields’ act was treated as the crime it was: He was charged with second-degree murder and hit-and-run connected to Heyer’s death, along with several crimes related to the injuries of other victims. Yet given the political nature of the violence, and given the power of terrorism as a label, many have called for treating Heyer’s death as terrorism. Fields championed white supremacist, neo-Nazi ideas—virulent ideas just as hateful as jihadism. Moreover, Fields’ vehicle
WASHINGTON, [DC]--The FBI has about 1,000 open investigations into potential domestic terrorists, including people who may be linked to extremist white supremacy, white nationalism and environmental movements, the agency's new chief, Christopher Wray, told Congress today. During his first testimony as FBI director, Wray said domestic terrorism is “a very, very serious” matter that the investigative agency spends “a lot of our time focused on.” "We have about 1,000 open domestic-terrorism investigations as we speak," Wray told the Senate Homeland Security Committee. In the past year alone, 176 people in the U.S. have been arrested on suspicion of links to domestic terrorism, he said.
WASHINGTON, [DC]--In the last days of the Obama presidency, the Department of Homeland Security awarded a $400,000 grant to Life After Hate, a nonprofit dedicated to helping right-wing extremists move away from radical ideas. Five months later, the organization learned that the Trump administration had rescinded its funding. In light of the violence in Charlottesville, this decision appears tragically shortsighted. It also underlines the indifference of President Trump and his administration toward the problem of far-right violence. The Department of Homeland Security initially announced Life After Hate’s grant as part of its program on “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE — an eff
HOUSTON, [TX]--A Houston man has been arrested after being accused by authorities of trying to damage or destroy a Confederate statue at a Houston park with explosives. Federal prosecutors said Monday 25-year-old Andrew Schneck had been charged with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance. Authorities say a Houston park ranger on Saturday caught Schneck kneeling near a statue of Richard Dowling, a lieutenant in the Confederate army, located in Hermann Park. His arrest came several hours after hundreds protested a Spirit of the Confederacy statue at Sam Houston Park. Prosecutors say Schneck was caught with two boxes with duct tape and wires
BLOOMINGTON, [MN]--Gov. Mark Dayton has condemned the bombing of a suburban Minneapolis mosque as an "act of terrorism" and "not Minnesota." Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith visited the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington on Sunday morning, a day after an explosive device shattered windows and damaged an office at the mosque. Dayton and Smith joined public officials and mosque leaders for a meeting inside the building. No one was hurt in the Saturday morning blast. The FBI is seeking suspects and trying to determine whether the incident was a hate crime. View More>>
BLOOMINGTON, [MN]--A Minnesota mosque was rocked by a bombing on Saturday just before early morning prayers. Bloomington police say a shattered window is what's left after a explosive was thrown into the window of the Imam's office. No injuries were reported, but its left the local Muslim community shaken. "One of our congregation saw a truck fleeing from the parking lot, running very high speed," said Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center Executive Director Mohamed Omar. A recent review by the Council on American-Islamic Relations shows anti-Muslim incidents have risen sharply in the last year and the group calls the incident at the center a hate crime offering a ten-thousand dollar reward for infor
ALEXANDRIA, [VA]--Wednesday’s shooting in Virginia that appeared to target Republican lawmakers highlights a trend that terrorism experts have been monitoring in recent months: the ramping up of violence committed by the left. The attack, which occurred during a congressional baseball practice early Wednesday, critically wounded U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in House leadership. Two Capitol Hill police officers and at least two others also were shot. The shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois, died at a hospital, President Donald Trump said. The Belleville News-Democrat reported that Hodgkinson belonged to several anti-Republican groups on Facebook.