Some Statistics and Facts on Right-Wing Extremism in the United States

“Fifty-six percent of domestic terrorist attacks and plots in the U.S. since 1995 have been perpetrated by right-wing extremists, as compared to 30 percent by ecoterrorists and 12 percent by Islamic extremists. Right-wing extremism has been responsible for the greatest number of terrorist incidents in the U.S. in 13 of the 17 years since the Oklahoma City bombing.”
-Source: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/04/19/467384/chart-right-wing-extremism-terror-threat-oklahoma-city/
 
“The Southern Poverty Law Center counted 784 active hate groups in the United States in 2014.”
-Source: http://www.splcenter.org/hate-map
 
“The FBI has reported that roughly two-thirds of terrorism in the United States was conducted by non-Islamic American extremists from 1980-2001; and from 2002-2005, it went up to 95 percent.”
-Source: http://www.cfr.org/terrorist-organizations-and-networks/militant-extremists-united-states/p9236
 
“More than 100 radical-right plots, conspiracies and racist rampages have occurred since 1995– the year Timothy McVeigh bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 19 children in a day-care center.”
-Source: http://www.splcenter.org/get-involved/stand-strong-against-hate
 
“Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans likely would attract new members into the ranks of rightwing extremist groups, as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for violence against the government. The high volume of purchases and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by rightwing extremists in anticipation of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary concern to law enforcement.”
-Source: http://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/downloads/resource/DOJ_rwextremism2009.pdf
 
“Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists. DHS/I&A is concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.”
-Source: http://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/downloads/resource/DOJ_rwextremism2009.pdf
 
“The most recent swell of extremist violence began to emerge from right-wing militants in the late-1980s and 1990s. According to a 2005 FBI report on terrorism, these groups, which are "primarily in the form of domestic militias and conservative special interest causes, began to overtake left-wing extremism as the most dangerous, if not the most prolific, domestic terrorist threat to the country." Right-wing extremists champion a wide variety of causes, including racial supremacy, hatred and suspicion of the federal government, and fundamentalist Christianity.”
-Source: http://www.cfr.org/terrorist-organizations-and-networks/militant-extremists-united-states/p 236

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Has it occurred to anyone on the progressive left that veterans might not need to be radicalized and might have a bone or two to pick about how they're treated by Uncle Sam?

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Yes, vets certainly have a bone to pick about how they're treated by our government---for many years--through many administrations--both Democrat & Republican. But I wouldn't be too angry at progressives--haven't you noticed which group continually votes against veteran's programs and pay?

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