TO ORIGINAL SOURCE
by Mark Silva
Homeland Security has detected a new threat: "Rightwing Extremism.''
The report of the federal agency issued earlier this month warns police agencies of an "economic and political climate'' that is "fueling'' a "resurgence in radicalization and recruitment.''
The assessment is one of many that the federal agency provides to local, state and federal police agencies with a goal of helping them deter, preempt or respond to terrorist attacks: Homeland Security report.pdf
But in this case, even while reporting that the Department of Homeland Security "has no specific information'' that any rightwing terrorists are planning any violence,'' the agency warns that they "may be gaining recruits by playing on their fears'' about several "emergent issues.''
Among those issues: "The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president,'' the state of the economy and illegal immigration. Add to all that the return of military veterans having trouble "reintegrating into their communities.''
The growth of rightwing terrorist and extremist groups subsided in the face of increased government scrutiny after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of the federal building, the agency notes. But now, in fear of passage of new restrictions on firearms and "the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities,'' terrorist groups or "lone-wolf extremists'' could be newly motivated.
The report points to the recent shooting of three police officers in Pittsburgh - "the alleged gunman's reaction reportedly was influenced by racist ideology and belief in anti-government conspiracy theories related to gun confiscations'' and other threats.
"Rightwing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the economy, perceived loss of U.S. jobs... and home foreclosures,'' the report notes. And anti-Semitic extremists attribute all this to "a cabal of Jewish 'financial elites.'
This sort of accusatory tactic is used to draw new recruits into rightwing extremist groups, DHS says.
The agency says it will be working with state and local agencies over the next several months to gain some "greater specificity'' on the rise of these rightwing extremists.
TO THE HOMELAND SECURITY REPORT