Thursday, September 27, 2012

Identifying Three Trends in Far Right Violence in the United States

Via Stu

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CTCSentinel-Vol5Iss9

In the morning hours of August 5, 2012, the Sikh temple at Oak Creek, Wisconsin, was crowded with children and mothers engaged in preparations for the Langar, a traditional Sikh communal meal scheduled to be held later that day. At around 10:00 AM, Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old from nearby Cudahy, Wisconsin, arrived in the temple parking lot and started firing at the temple’s inhabitants using a pistol purchased several days earlier. He then entered the temple and continued his killing spree until he was gunned down by police forces that arrived to the site. At that point, he had already killed six worshippers and a police officer.[1]

While details from the investigation have not yet been officially released, a growing body of evidence links Page to various far right elements, mainly the skinheads subculture and the white power music scene. As a result, policymakers and intellectuals expressed concerns about a potential revival of far right violence in the United States. Many of their responses also reflected common misconceptions and deficiencies that dominate the popular discourse about the American far right, such as the inability to distinguish between its different components, lack of understanding of its ideological tenets as well as the tendency to ignore the fact that American far right violence was never really absent; if anything, the level of far right violence has been rising steadily for the last two decades.
This article provides clarity on the various components of the American far right. It also offers a basic analytical model to better understand its current violent trends. The article’s findings—which are based on a dataset of more than 4,400 cases of violent attacks by far right elements during a 22-year period—will be expanded in a more detailed study that will soon be published by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.

Typology of the American Violent Far Right

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8 comments:

  1. First to give credit where it is due, Chuck wrote this in the comments sections at Western Rifle Shooters

    http://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/your-tax-dollars-at-work-usma-paper-on-far-right-violence/#comments)

    It does sum up and articulates what I wanted to say but he does it so much better than I could. I wanted to share it here, all I could muster up was some knee jerk rant I posted there and then comes Chuck and punks me with the brainiac post.

    Chuck | September 27, 2012 at 10:24 |

    It’s all part of the regime’s Information Operations (IO) campaign.

    At first I thought: Wow. What complete and utter garbage. This is what passes for social science research at USMA? No wonder the .gov is constantly caught flat footed when something like Benghazi happens.

    But then it occurred to me: I see what they did here. By lumping the Klan, neo-nazis and “Christian” identity nutjobs together with the (highly fragmented) liberty/Patriot movement they seek to demonize a movement that reflects, at least to some degree, the sympathies of somewhere between a third to a half of the US population. By doing this, they de-legitimize the very notion of espousing the basic ideals found in the Declaration and the Bill of Rights.

    We’ve seen this already, this just reinforces the theme: if you are pro-gun, anti-abortion, a practicing christian and politically conservative or libertarian you are part of the “far right.” If you happen to also be a “prepper” or a member of a “militia” you are now a potential terrorist.

    The only thing they are accomplishing with this particular IO theme is to, either unintentionally or deliberately, further polarize the American people into two camps and push many who would never have dreamed of it to consider that which the 2nd Amendment was designed for.

    History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme. And 2012 rhymes with 1860. At this rate, 2013 will sound a lot like 1861.

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  2. Yes, excellent.

    By lumping the Klan, neo-nazis and “Christian” identity nutjobs together with the (highly fragmented) liberty/Patriot movement they seek to demonize a movement that reflects, at least to some degree, the sympathies of somewhere between a third to a half of the US population. By doing this, they de-legitimize the very notion of espousing the basic ideals found in the Declaration and the Bill of Rights.

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  3. 4,400 cases and yet we are less free every year, we're doing something wrong.

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  4. It would be interesting to know how many of the 4400 cases are not actual cases of violence, which I would define as assault and or battery but not acts of vandalism. They let this clown teach at West Point?

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    1. They let this clown teach at West Point?

      They have even infiltrated VMI. They let Dee$ speak there and made attendance compulsory. Yup, the Communists are here in full force.

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