April 15th, 2009
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Right-wing extremism may be on rise, report says

(CNN) – Right-wing extremist groups may be using the recession and the election of the nation's first African-American president to recruit members, a Department of Homeland Security report contends.

The Department of Homeland Security says membership in extremists groups like this may be increasing.

Though the nine-page report said it has "no specific information that domestic right-wing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence," it said real-estate foreclosures, unemployment and tight credit "could create a fertile recruiting environment for right-wing extremists and even result in confrontations between such groups and government authorities similar to those in the past."

The report, prepared in coordination with the FBI and published April 7, was distributed to federal, state and local law enforcement officials under the title "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."

It compares the current climate the 1990s, "when right-wing extremism experienced a resurgence fueled largely by an economic recession, criticism about the outsourcing of jobs, and the perceived threat to U.S. power and sovereignty by other foreign powers."
It cites proposed restrictions on weapons as likely to increase membership in extremist groups and expresses concern the groups might try to recruit veterans.

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  1. rene,euclid,ohio

    send these right wingers to afganistan, iran, north korea, pakistan, mexico border,somalia is they are so dissatisfied and want something to do. if they hate so much that is where they are needed right with the other haters of the world.

    April 15, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Mike in VA

    I would say the DHS has it wrong. Looks like they should be more worried about the Violent Left Wing Wing Extremists/Terrorists.

    Last night illegal alien supporters attacked a Tancredo speaking event at UNC Chapel Hill with so much violence that it had to be canceled. An attack on free speech by Left Wing Extremists and nary a word from the MSM, but there is a viid on youtube.

    April 15, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Craig

    These guys do not care about America. They care about bien white and white people. They do not see a multi-cultural nation. They don't care if the country is destroyed; just as long as it is done by a white protestant male.

    April 15, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Kevin B

    fact :Tim McViegh was a right wing whack job, as was the guy who just killed three police officers in Pittsburgh.

    The disingenous outrage coming from talk radio and the RNC would love nothing more than to have this country balkanized along racial, religious, class line. It is what republicans do best.

    Why are republicans so easily duped by any hate monger that comes along ?

    April 15, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Immune to the Rhetoric

    This is absolutely ridiculous. Where was a report like this when all the anti-bush sentiment was so strong in the past few years??

    And by the way, to whoever was talking about the tea parties being racist because there was only going to be white people there... I am hispanic (or, in your words, a "brown person"), it has nothing with race, it is about the idiotic way that the government is spending our hard earned money.

    April 15, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. southerncousin

    Amazing again, the left wing that attacks conservatives speakers while if they try to give a speech (or just look at these pages) try to voice an opinion, is now saying they are dangerous. Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez and Kim Jung Il must be writing on these pages.

    April 15, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Rob

    So, makes you wonder what Code Pink and their ilk would have been considered?

    Interesting how all these morons ranted about how Bush was a vicious, evil, psuedo-dictator, and yet here we are, not even 3 months into the presidency of the puppet king, and they're doing things that would make the Soviet Union or some Central American despots jealous.

    Apparently under their view, everyone is garaunteed the freedom of expression, as long as you agree with everything they say. So when's Napolitano going to unveil the plan for the 're-education' camps. Better learn that goose-step.

    April 15, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Matt

    Extremism is a problem period. Left Wing, Right Wing, Religious, Ethnic. It's all the same problem. Hate based on generalizations and assumptions is a dangerous and slippery slope to violence. You can find examples in all races/nationalities/political affiliations/religions.

    April 15, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Gavin

    A lot of people are misinterpreting the report.

    The report does not claim that conservative ideals are extreme.

    The report was solely about right-wing extremist groups (white supremacists, aryan nation, etc.) using current problems as a way to recruit people. This is similar to how violent gangs recruit members.

    Instead of going off on liberals, you might want to focus on separating yourselves from right wing extremist groups.

    Also, in regards to the tea-bag parties... Higher taxes are an inevitable result of an increasing deficit. If you recall, the deficit was built up by the Bush Administration. That means your tea-parties are precisely crap.

    April 15, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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