A (new yellow) Star is Born
Probably nothing malicious in any of this. Just an academic exercise. A way to get at the truth so that we can understand it and figure out ways to correct those problems that keep blocking the way toward American progress. Namely, hate and extremism. Which, evidently is the bailiwick of the “right.” We know this because, well, they don’t agree with progressives, and progressives stand against hate and against extremism. QED!
For Immediate Release
January 23, 2013
ADVISORY: Fighting Hate and Extremism
Washington, D.C. – Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund on Thursday, January 24th for our event “Fighting Hate and Extremism,” a conversation on the rise of right wing extremism and the policies needed to reduce and prevent extremist violence with Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Daryl Johnson, former analyst at the Department of Homeland Security and owner at DTAnalytics, Amardeep Singh, Programs Director at the Sikh Coalition, and Ben Armbruster, National Security Editor at Think Progress. The conversation will be moderated by Henry Fernandez, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.
From 2001 through 2011, the number of hate groups active in America skyrocketed from 602 to 1018. Largely extremist and right-wing in nature, these organizations target immigrants, LGBT communities, people of color, and religious minorities. And yet, even as these groups have proliferated, efforts to monitor and track them have stagnated. In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security closed down the team that tracked violent right wing groups in the wake of conservative backlash to a report issued by the DHS describing how extreme right wing domestic terrorist groups looked to take advantage of the election of the first African American president and the economic downturn to bolster recruitment. The DHS report further highlighted the interest of right wing extremist groups in recruiting military veterans because of their combat experience.
Unfortunately many of the potential threats described in the report have borne out. Since the termination of the team, violent right wing extremists have killed a family, police officers, a doctor, a security guard, and religious minorities. The most recent well-known act of right extremist violence was the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin last August where a white supremacist with a military background shot and killed six worshippers and wounded three others.
It is clear that the federal government has an essential role to play in thwarting domestic terrorism and to do so must understand right wing violent extremism.
Mark Potok, Senior Fellow, Southern Poverty Law Center
Daryl Johnson, Owner, DTAnalytics and former domestic terrorism analyst at DHS
Amardeep Singh, Director of Programs, the Sikh Coalition
Benjamin Armbruster, National Security Editor, Think Progress
Henry Fernandez, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund
You know, the Chinese and Soviets used gulags and asylums and re-education camps. They also vied to set their opponents up as “right-wing,” regardless of how deeply some flavor of socialism informed their political situatedness.
So why try to reinvent the wheel? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, I always say. Amiright?
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