A report released this month by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has right-wing heads exploding as DHS, the FBI, and many local and state law enforcement agencies say that the threat from right-wing extremists such as militia groups and sovereign citizens is as serious, and in some cases, more serious, than the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups.
Federal authorities cite 24 attacks since 2010 by “lone wolf” extremists, mostly against government buildings and law enforcement officers.
This sort of attack is difficult to anticipate and prevent. It is much easier to uncover a plot by a group of people bent on death and destruction than one planned and carried out by one or two persons acting alone.
Often the attack was not planned in advance at all, sovereign citizens, for example, often seize the opportunity to gun down police officers during a traffic stop. One such incident occurred in Louisiana in 2012, when an officer pulled a father and son sovereign citizen team over for a traffic stop. In the gun battle that ensued two officers were killed and several others wounded. The reason for the attack according to the pair was that they did not recognize authority of police over them.
The DHS report predicts that a number of sovereign citizen conflicts in 2015 will occur when officers approach the extremists’ homes or pull them over for a traffic violation.
Predictably the right-wing media and their followers are not pleased with the report. Fox Nation summed the report up saying:
“The report cites ’24 violent sovereign citizen-related attacks across the U.S. since 2010,’ or as ISIS calls it, ‘a slow Tuesday morning.'”
Commenters on the site were more outraged than the author, here is a small sampling of their comments:
“Yea DHS really has it right. Makes one wonder about the request for war Obama sent to congress. It want authority to fight any terrorist groups. Doesn’t designate ISIS. That is just aplo for him to turn the dogs loose on American people. They talk about root causes? What is the root cause behind these attacks? Deeper down u drill the higher up the ladder it goes.”
“DHS sycophantic lackey report: Bolshevik! Total, unadulterated Bolshevik! ”
“Once again the Obama regime is pushing the meme that traditional America-loving citizens are the TRUE enemy of America. It didn’t sell the first time Team Obama tried it, and it won’t sell this time either.”
h/t: Raw Story