Killings by American home extremists in 2019 have been the worst in the nation in 24 years, in line with a chilling new report launched by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.
Of the 32 killings by extremists in 5 separate assaults in 2019 — essentially the most deadly yr for home extremist assaults since 1995 — 24 have been dedicated by white supremacists, in line with the report.
“Gamification” — through which attackers search to “score” a excessive “kill count” — “inspired” a number of the assaults in 2019, and can possible proceed to be a think about future assaults, the report famous.
There have been 57 deaths linked to home extremists from 2017 by 2019, with 47 of them racially motivated, in line with the report.
“The greatest terrorism threat to the Homeland we face today is posed by lone offenders, often radicalized online, who look to attack soft targets with easily accessible weapons,” the report famous. “Many of these violent extremists are motivated and inspired by a mix of socio-political goals and personal grievances against their targets.”
Deaths from home extremists in America rose from 2017 to 2019, although former President Donald Trump centered throughout that point on shutting borders with claims of international threats.
The risk from home extremists is predicted to proceed to develop.
“In 2019, the FBI and DHS assessed [that] Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists, primarily those advocating for the superiority of the white race, likely would continue to be the most lethal Domestic Violent Extremist threat to the Homeland,” the report said.
The disturbing evaluation was based mostly on rightwing extremists’ means in 2019 to “select weapons and targets to conduct attacks, and the effectiveness of online … messaging calling for increased violence,” the report famous.
The report warned that “political disagreements within the United States could present opportunities for Domestic Violent Extremists to engage in violence against individuals perceived to have opposing ideologies, prominent political or public figures, or members of the media covering these events.”
House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) issued a press release saying that the report findings affirm “what has been clear for some time: The greatest terrorist threat we face comes from radicalized lone offenders with easy access to weapons.”
“They attack soft targets and have a variety of motivations. But a large majority of the most significant attacks have been carried out by white supremacists extremists,” he added.
Attorney General Merrick Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified at a listening to earlier than the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday that white supremacy is the best home terrorism risk going through the nation.
Garland famous that “domestic violent extremists pose an elevated threat in 2021, and in the FBI’s view, the top … threat we face comes from racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, specifically those who advocate for the superiority of the white race.”
The Department of Homeland Security issued a new terrorism threat bulletin on Friday which warned that “through 2020 and into 2021, government facilities and personnel have been common targets” of home violent extremists. “Historically, mass-casualty … attacks linked to racially- or ethnically-motivated violent extremists have targeted houses of worship and crowded commercial facilities or gatherings,” the bulletin warned.
The complete report by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security is available here.
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