Horror At Home: Faces of Radical Terrorism In The U.S.
“The objective of a terrorist is to create political change in the society he targets.” — Tom Clancy, author
Radical terrorism creeps in under many guises. Terrorism is usually perpetuated by a warped, perverted and often religious ideology, which is nearly impossible to ascertain on appearance. Many Americans, especially conservatives, think all terrorists come from a foreign land, a culture they see as primitive compared to our own, and who look similar to the man shown below.
Of course, as we’ve seen, some terrorists do fit the stereotype, and we should never put down our guard, personally or as a country, as these zealots want nothing more than to see the U.S. obliterated. But the greatest threat of radical terrorism to the U.S. comes from here at home.
Think Progress published an article that offers another perspective on radical terrorism on U.S. soil. As UNC Professor Charles Kurzman and Duke Professor David Schanzer explained last June in the New York Times, Islam-inspired terror attacks “accounted for 50 fatalities over the past 13 and a half years.” Meanwhile, “right-wing extremists averaged 337 attacks per year in the decade after 9/11, causing a total of 254 fatalities.” The right wing extremists they describe primarily include members of anti-government groups such as the sovereign citizen movement, right-wing racist groups, and radical anti-choice groups.
The terror groups identified in the U.S. are far too numerous to name in one article. This link will provide you with an up-to-date, comprehensive list of hate, extremist, and terror groups identified in the country.
The faceS of radical terrorism in the United States
The United States, since its founding, has had a violent history. Start at the beginning and look the settlers of the Plymouth colony. Nice, what they did to the Native Americans, no? They were also nasty to each other about religion as well. Let’s fast-forward a few centuries. Below is but a small offering of some of the most identifiable domestic terrorists of the past 25 years. Clickable links are offered for more information.
THE KU KLUX KLAN – the oldest and most infamous example of radical terrorism in the U.S.
The NEO-CONFEDERATE Movement
They claim it’s all about “Heritage Not Hate.” Wrong. More like a heritage OF hate.
TIMOTHY MCVEIGH, the Oklahoma City Bomber. Timothy McVeigh drove a truck bomb into a federal building, and murdered 168 people and injured over 600.
SCOTT ROEDER, Murdered Dr. George Tiller — the medical director of a women’s health center in Wichita, Kansas — in his church. He had ties to OPERATION RESCUE.
ERIC ROBERT RUDOLPH – Olympic Park Bomber Responsible for a series of bombings that killed two people and injured 120.
PAUL JENNINGS HILL The anti-choice terrorist who murdered two people.
DAVID JIM ADKISSON – Murderer in the Tennessee Unitarian Universalist Church shooting. Adkisson hated liberals and Democrats, as stated in his manifesto.
Robert Lewis Dear – off-the-grid, gun loving, paranoid, right-wing religious (Christian) extremist who committed the latest domestic terror murders. Killed three and injured nine at a stand-off at Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood.
DAVID DALDIEN – Putz, who created falsified, heavily edited and debunked Planned Parenthood smear videos. Later admitted the videos were bogus.
Troy Newman, head honcho of anti-choice terrorist group Operation Rescue. The group has been tied to bombings, arson, and murders of pro-choice supporters.
TED CRUZ, Canadian Presidential candidate, overjoyed to be endorsed by Operation Rescue. Also pals around with anti-LGBT extremists who believe all homosexuals should be executed.
CARLY FIORINA, Republican Presidential candidate and anti-choice extremist. She still labors under the delusion that those Planned Parenthood videos are authentic.
Wayne LaPierre, Satan incarnate, perpetrator of child murders, and NRA president. His group and their politicians make it possible for terrorists, foreign and domestic, to easily obtain weapons.
This next crop of gun nut terrorists was created in part by the NRA.
DAVID WRIGHT III, founder of BAIR. He Has recently staged armed anti-Islam protests outside of a mosque in Irving, Texas.
Jon Ritzheimer — Anti-Islam “ACTIVIST.”
Kory Watkins – Of OPEN CARRY TARRANT COUNTY Texas. Responsible for terrorizing pro-gun responsibility groups, open carrying in retail establishments and restaurants. Because Guns.
Social media groups that promote relentless harassment and illegal actions toward anyone who holds a differing viewpoint from their radical gun opinions, such as Hypocrisy and Stupidity of Gun Control Advocates. Probably the most malicious group on Facebook. Bullies who know no limits To barbarism.
(*I have had members of this group harass and assault me personally. The will take photos from your page, even a child’s photo, distorted it and spread it over the internet. Their members have sent personal messages threatening to kill and rape my child and me. They have hacked my Facebook page. Members have sent messages, knowing and stating my personal information and address, threatening to come to my home and shoot me.I have had to file police reports and have since kept a very low profile in the pro-gun common sense movement. Be careful if you feel inclined to engage them. They are dangerous and know how to skirt the rules and the law.)
Make no mistake – none of these people and group exists in a vacuum. It may be shocking and surprising to realize how many supporters these terrorists actually have.
Be vigilant. Muslims aren’t always terrorists and terrorists aren’t always Muslims. They are, however, almost always extremists.
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