In U.S., Shootings by Americans Continue to Outnumber Islamic Terrorist Attacks

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If you still think Islamic terrorists pose one of the gravest threats to Americans, it’s because you haven’t seen the stats on gun violence. BillMoyers.com, as well as a small number of other high quality news organizations (including The Guardian) fill in the gaps left by many bigger news providers to give us a true picture of who presents the biggest threat.

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Right-Wing Extremist groups dominate new Homeland Security report on U.S. Terrorism Threats

Tanya’s Comments: So who are the Sovereign Citizens? They are “a loosely-organized collection of groups and individuals who believe they are both above the law and ‘true defenders of the Constitution.’ They follow their own set of rules and many refuse to pay taxes. The movement’s followers believe, in large part, that the existing government in the United States is illegitimate and needs to be ‘restored.’ Driver’s licenses, license plates, and insurance are not required, many sovereign believe, going as far as making their own identification badges and gun permits. Some members are known to turn violent against law enforcement and are notoriously hostile towards the media,” abcnews.go.com.

Amazing- white American groups are just as dangerous (and in the case of Sovereign Citizens, more dangerous) than Islamic terrorists. Does it still make sense for us to see Muslims as being horrible monsters and Christians as incapable of mass violence, hatred, and rigid thinking? Or does this force us to rethink the word “terrorist?”

 

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Perceived Threat of Extremist Groups by Type of Group

A new Department of Homeland Security report lists 9 right-wing extremist groups out of the top 17 terrorist threats to the U.S. for the years 2013-2014.  The Sovereign Citizens movement jumped to the top of the list from 2006-2007 when Islamic Extremists were identified as the greatest terrorist threat to America.

4 leftist groups were included, as were 3 others.

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